I hold an ordinary degree and haven’t completed a Masters degree... Am I eligible from the STEM Bursary?

No, unfortunately you would not be eligible to apply to the STEM Bursary.

When did applications to the STEM Bursary scheme open for the 2020/21 academic year?

Applications for the 2020/21 academic year opened on 16th March 2020.

For PGDE courses that start in August 2020, what's the closing date for Bursary applications?

Information on the closing date for 2020/21 STEM Bursary applications will be announced on this website shortly before the scheme closes to new applications.

You are encouraged to apply as soon as you have your offer(s) in hand and are confident you can supply all the supporting documentation required.

I have gained a place on a PGDE course... Am I eligible to apply for the STEM Bursary?

The eligibility criteria for the STEM Bursary may differ from the entry requirements for your chosen PGDE course.

Full details are in the Terms and Conditions on this website.

Bu toigh leam cur a-steach airson a’ bhursaraidh, ach tha mi ag iarraidh teagasg tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig... Am faod mi cur a-steach fhathast?

Tha sinn a’ cur fàilte air iarrtasan fo luchd-tagraidh a tha airson foghlam-teagaisg anns na cuspairean STEM as dorra a lìonadh, ma tha sin tro mheadhan na Gàidhlig no Beurla. Thoir an aire gu bheil am pròiseas iarrtais ga dhèanamh sa Bheurla.

I would like to apply for the Bursary, but I want to teach through the medium of Gaelic... Am I eligible?

We welcome applications from applicants aspiring to teacher-train in the hardest-to-fill STEM subjects, whether you want to teach in Gaelic or English medium. Please note that the application process is in English.

Do you accept evidence of being self-employed to demonstrate I have been employed for 36 out of the last 60 months?

Yes. Please see the Terms and Conditions for details.

How are Bursary payments made?

Payments are made directly from the university, with the first payment being made in September 2020. If your application is successful, university staff will contact you to make payment arrangements.

Where can I find out more about how to train as a teacher in Scotland?

More information on a teaching career in Scotland can be found at:


  • Our careers webservice with general information about becoming a teacher.
  • Contact details of your local careers centre should you wish to make an appointment with a careers adviser to discuss your career ideas.
  • Advisers won’t be in a position to answer specific entry qualification questions but can offer careers guidance and advice.


  • Useful website with information about becoming a teacher in Scotland.


  • The website of the General Teaching Council for Scotland.