Bursaries and Scholarships

Teacher training offers tax-free bursaries, scholarships and early-career payments of up to £32,000 for people with top degrees in certain subjects.

Bursaries & Scholarships – 2018/19

Eligibility 2018/2019
See Note 1
ITT Subject
Maths Physics, Chemistry, Languages, Computing, Geography Biology English D&T History, Music
Early-career payments
See Note 2
£10,000  –  –  –
See Note 3 and below
£22,000 £28,000
1st/PhD £20,000 £26,000 £26,000 £15,000 £12,000 £9,000
2:1/Master’s £20,000 £26,000 £26,000 £15,000 £9,000 £4,000
2:2 £20,000 £26,000 £26,000 £15,000


  1. Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England that leads to the award of qualified teacher status. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award and the subject in which you are training to teach. To receive a bursary or scholarship you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria. You also need to be eligible for a bursary based on your nationality and residency status. Residents of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to be entitled for support as set out by your country’s student finance body (Student Finance Wales, Student Awards Agency Scotland or Student Finance NI).  Both elements will be assessed by your teacher training provider. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table to see the bursary your degree may attract. You can also contact your training provider for clarification on your degree’s equivalency and your eligibility for a bursary and student finance.
  2. You could receive £30k or £32k in total – £20k as a tax-free bursary or £22k scholarship with additional payments of £10k after tax once in teaching. You’ll need to have completed a non-salaried teacher training course and received a bursary or scholarship in the academic year 2018/19. You’ll receive two additional early-career payments of £5k each in your third and fifth year of teaching – enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course.
  3. Trainees in physics, maths, languages, chemistry, geography and computing with a 2:1 or above are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary

You do not need to apply for the Training Bursary. Once you commence the programme, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria, you will receive the bursary payments each month between October and July.


Scholarship eligibility

To be eligible for a scholarship, you should have at least a 2:1 degree or above and want to teach chemistry, computing, geography, languages, maths or physics. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, but you’ll need to provide evidence of significant relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.

Find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages:

  • computing: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT
  • chemistry: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • geography: Royal Geographical Society (with IBG)
  • languages: British Council
  • maths: Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships
  • physics: Institute of Physics scholarships

If you’re not successful in your application for a scholarship, and secured a place on a qualifying teacher training course in England you’ll still receive the standard bursary