STEM Teacher Education Bursaries for Career Changers


The STEM ITE Bursary is an incentive of up to £20,000 to ease the transition in to Initial Teacher Education.

  • Applications are open to career changers wishing to undertake a one year PGDE ITE (Professional Graduate Diploma in Education - Initial Teacher Education) course or PGDE ITE with Masters at SCQF Level 11 in Scotland that leads to the award of registered teacher status in the hardest to fill STEM subjects.
  • For PGDE ITE courses (for those with the intention to work in a Secondary school), in August 2019 or September 2019 for Masters at SCQF Level 11 qualification courses, the eligible subjects are Chemistry, Computing Science, Home Economics, Maths, Physics and Technical Education.
  • The bursary is over and above any normal student support provided by the Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS), as long as students meet the SAAS eligibility criteria.
  • Students eligible for a bursary can also apply to have their tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government. For more information, or to make an application visit

Am I eligible?

1. You must hold an offer of a place on a PGDE ITE teacher education course in Chemistry, Computing Science, Home Economics, Maths, Physics or Technical Education from one of these Scottish Universities...

  • Edinburgh Napier University
  • Queen Margaret University
  • University of Aberdeen
  • University of Dundee
  • University of Edinburgh
  • University of Glasgow
  • University of the Highlands and Islands
  • University of Strathclyde
  • University of the West of Scotland

2. Applicants must hold a 2:1 honours degree (or above) or meet the minimum ITE entry requirement with a relevant Masters at SCQF Level 11 qualification to teach Chemistry, Computing Science, Home Economics, Maths, Physics or Technical Education.

  • Normal entry requirements for PGDE ITE courses also apply, including a requirement to have Higher English (or equivalent) and National 5 Credit level Maths (or equivalent).  Flexibility on the entry requirement may be applied by the General Teaching Council for Scotland, and support can be provided for the provision of English/Maths qualifications if necessary.

3. Applicants will be expected to have been in employment for at least three out of the last five years (including exceptions) and must be able to evidence a minimum 150 hours of paid work for each of the 3 out of 5 years employment at the point of applying for the bursary.

  • Please note that applicants who hold refugee status or other humanitarian protection status in the UK are exempt from this requirement.

4. At the point of application, applicants must have been out of full time education for at least 3 years.  Evidence of Graduation on or before 30th September 2016 will be required.

5. To qualify for the bursary, applicants will need to satisfy the following SAAS residency requirements...

  • You must be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years immediately before 1st August 2019.
    • If you fall short of being ordinarily resident in the UK and Islands for the three year qualifying period, even by one day, you will not be eligible.
  • You must be ordinarily resident in Scotland on 1st August 2019.
    • You will not be regarded as being ordinarily resident in Scotland if your main purpose in coming here is to receive full-time education and that you would have otherwise been living elsewhere.
  • If you are not a UK or other EU national, you must have ‘settled status’ in the UK (as set out in the Immigration Act 1971) on 1st August 2019.
  • For further information (and for modifications to this requirement for holders of refugee status or other protected humanitarian status in the UK) refer to

6. Those already in receipt of any other subsidised ITE provision where salaries or allowances are already in place will not be eligible. Examples of such programmes include (but are not limited to) the Salaried Distance Learning & Learn to Teach programmes, the Supported Induction Route at University of Dundee and PGDE Internships at University of Aberdeen.

How to apply and what happens next?

  • Please ensure that you have read the eligibility criteria above together with the Terms and Conditions.
  • If you deem yourself to be eligible, use the ‘Apply’ button at the top of this page to begin.
  • The application form requires that you upload copies of your university offer(s), so you must have electronic copies of the required documentation to hand before you begin.

After we receive your application, a member of the team will review the application and contact you to request documentational evidence relating to your employment history as per our eligibility criteria.

Each relevant University will also verify details of your STEM Bursary application in conjunction with your University offer.

For successful applications, payments will be made in 10 equal monthly instalments from September 2019 to June 2020 for the PGDE ITE 10 months course, and 7 equal monthly instalments from September 2019 to March 2020 for PDGE ITE with Masters at SCQF Level 11 qualification courses.

Payments are made directly from the university to the successful student.

Need help?

If you have any questions or require any assistance with the application, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone us on 0141 468 4115.

The Closing Date for Applications
to the STEM Teacher Education Bursary (for the 2019/20 academic year)
has now passed.