STEM Bursary for Career Changers

What is the STEM bursary? 

With teachers in STEM subjects in high demand, the Scottish Government is offering financial support to applicants who are taking time out of work to retrain as a STEM teacher. 

Are you eligible? 

You may be eligible for the £20,000 bursary if:

  • You have already received your offer to study a PGDE in Maths, Physics or Chemistry with us 
  • You have been in employment for at least 36 out of the last 84 months, including career breaks and furlough
  • You have been out of full-time education since at least 30 September 2019 (including exemptions)

You can find out more detailed information about the entry requirements here

How do I apply? 

Applications for students starting their course in 2022 opened on 28 March. 

Visit this page to complete your application. You'll need to have the following ready: 

  • Your offer to study
  • Your education history 
  • Your residency for funding status and details of any other funding

What happens after I've applied? 

Your application will be reviewed and your offer to study with us confirmed. If you're successful, the money will be paid in equal monthly instalments throughout your course. 


Find out more at the STEM bursary Scotland website

PGDE student who received the STEM bursary

Hear it from our students


The STEM bursary allowed me to go back to university to do a PGDE and change career to teaching. This change would have been nearly impossible without the bursary as I was the main income provider for my household and without it the bills would not be covered. Teaching was always the end goal for me but I wanted to get a bit of life experience and real work experience after my undergraduate before pursuing this career, and the bursary has allowed me to do this.

Mollie Paterson

PGDE (Mathematics) Student