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 2019-20 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 will be expected to have been in employment for at least three of the last five years (including career breaks), or be more than three years out of full time education unless they have completed a paid PhD which includes teaching experience at the point of application for the bursary.   Applicants do not need to be employed at the time of applying however they must have been out of full time education for at least three years with a graduation date of no later than the 30th of September 2016. 

Applicants will be expected to have a relevant degree at 2.1 or minimum ITE entry requirement with a relevant masters in their subject area, as well as higher english and national 5/credit level Maths or equivalent.  

Applicants must have an offer of admission from the Unversity 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 2018.
    • 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  0141 468 4115 if you have any questions.