Scholarships and Student Funding

STEM Teacher Education Bursaries

Bursaries are available for students undertaking a one year Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programme in Scotland for the 2020-2021 academic session.


The Scottish Government has announced a bursary scheme for people looking to change careers and become secondary school teachers, to develop Scotland’s STEM capacity through school subjects such as chemistry, computing science, maths, physics and technical education.


The level of bursary is £20,000 and it is tenable for one year.


Applicants need to have been in employment for at least 36 months out of the last 60 months (including career breaks).  Applicants who can evidence they have been in receipt of carers allowance for 36 months out of the last 60 will also meet the employment eligibility criteria.  

Applicants must hold a 2.1 degree or meet the minimum initial teacher education (ITE) entry requirement with a relevant masters qualification, the content of which would make them suitable to teach maths, computing science, technical education, physics or chemistry.

At the point of application, applicants need to be at least 36 months away from full time education (excluding those who have completed three years of a remunerated PhD which includes teaching experience).  Further and at the discretion of SDS, any applicant who has since 30th September 2017 undertaken a short full time top up course to meet the academic entry requirements of their chosen PGDE) including but not limited to, Higher English and National 5 Mathematics may be deemed eligible.  Applicants must have accepted an offer of a place on a PGDE ITE programme at a Scottish university before applying.

Applicants must have an offer of admission from the University of Edinburgh on one of the following eligible Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programmes.

  • PGDE Chemistry
  • PGDE Design and Technology
  • PGDE Mathematics
  • PGDE Physics

Applicants will need to satisfy the following SAAS residence 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 2018.
    • 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 2020.
    • 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 2018.
  • For further information (and for modifications to this requirement for holders of refugee status or other protected humanitarian status in the UK) refer to

Those already in receipt of any other subsidised Initial Teacher Education (ITE) provision where salaries or allowances are already in place will not be eligible


Applications should be made direct to the STEM Bursary Scotland website

Further Information

You can email or telephone 0800 917 8000 if you have any questions.