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STEM teacher education bursary: eligibility criteria

Published: 7 Mar 2018
Details of the eligibility criteria for the STEM teacher education bursary.
7 Mar 2018
STEM teacher education bursary: eligibility criteria
Applications should be made direct to the STEM Bursary Scotland website.

Bursaries will be available to career changers wishing to undertake a one year Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Initial Teacher Education (ITE) course in Scotland that leads to the award of registered teacher status in the hardest to fill STEM subjects.

For applications to start a PGDE ITE course in August 2018 the eligible subjects will be: maths, computing science, technical education and physics.

The level of bursary will be £20,000 per student.

The bursary is an incentive to ease the transition from giving up paid employment to undertake initial teacher education and will be over and above any normal student support provided by Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS), as long as students meet the SAAS eligibility criteria.

Eligible students will also have their tuition fees paid by the Scottish Government and must apply to SAAS to have them paid.


Applicants will be expected to be in current employment and to have been in employment for at least three of the last five years (including career breaks), at the point of application for the bursary.

Applicants will be expected to have a relevant degree at 2.1 or above with the required academic content to teach maths, computing science, technical education or physics.

Normal entry requirements for PGDE Initial Teacher Education courses will also apply, including a requirement to have Higher English (or equivalent) and National 5/credit level Maths (or equivalent). However, flexibility on 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.

Applicants will be expected to have an offer of a place on a PGDE ITE programme at a Scottish university before applying.

To qualify for the bursary students will need to satisfy SAAS residence conditions as outlined on the SAAS website:

  • be ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man for the three years immediately before the first day of the first academic year of the course (the relevant date)
  • be ordinarily resident in Scotland on the relevant date (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)
  • have 'settled status' in the UK (as set out in the Immigration Act 1971)

Further information on residency eligibility is available on the SAAS website.

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 salaried distance learning/learn to teach programmes, Supported Induction Route at Dundee, accelerated PGDE with masters at Strathclyde and PGDE Internships at Aberdeen university.


Applications will open on 3 April 2018. Applications should be made direct to the STEM Bursary Scotland website, which will go live on that date.

Applicants will be informed if they have been successful within 28 days of receipt of their application.

Payments will be made in 10 equal monthly instalments from September 2018 to June 2019 direct to students. In the event of an individual in receipt of a bursary withdrawing from the PGDE programme, payments will cease with immediate effect.

On gaining PGDE, the individual will be required to undertake a place on the Teacher Induction Scheme to complete their standard for full registration and be expected to be employed as a teacher in Scotland for a minimum of 2 years following qualification.