Funding my training

As a Maths or Physics trainee, you may qualify for funding through a DfE Bursary or a Scholarship. NMAPS will assess your eligibility for a Bursary, whilst Scholarships are awarded by the Institute of Physics for physics trainees, or the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications for maths trainees. If you are awarded a Scholarship, you will receive this instead of a Bursary.  

Bursary and Scholarship payments are made in 10 monthly installments over your training year, so you may also choose to apply for a Tuition Fee Loan and/or a Maintenance Loan. 

DfE Bursaries and Scholarships

Funding rates and eligibility criteria for 2020-2021 are as follows: 

Mathematics and Physics  Bursaries and Scholarships 1

Trainee with 1st, 2:1, 2:2,
PhD or Master’s

Early-career payments 2 Total 
Bursary                          £26,000 £6,000 2 £32,000
Scholarship              £28,000 £6,000 2 £34,000
  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. 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. Candidates with overseas degrees may be required to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. Get into Teaching can help you with this – contact them  on 0800 389 2500 and they can provide you with guidance on your equivalent qualifications and a free UK NARIC statement of comparability (this usually costs £49.50 plus VAT) once you’ve submitted your application. 
  2. You could receive £32k or £34k in total – £26k as a tax-free bursary or £28k scholarship with additional payments of £6k 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 2020/21. You’ll receive three additional early-career payments of £2k each in your second, third and fourth 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. View the full terms and conditions.
  3. Trainees in physics and maths 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. 

Maths Scholarships

Maths scholarships are offered by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA). Through its collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), The Mathematical Association (MA), Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), and the National STEM Learning Centre, the scholarship gives the best opportunity to start an exciting career in teaching. 

As part of the scholarship, you will access superb professional resources and two years’ free membership of professional bodies. You will also join a community of like-minded and passionate maths enthusiasts offering networking opportunities and professional development support. As a result you will have the chance to be inspired, get support and share new ideas. 

Prior to assessment, you should be able to showcase exceptional subject knowledge, dedication to teaching maths and the potential to become an inspirational and talented maths teacher. Find out more about the eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Applications should be made directly through the IMA website. This will need to be completed in one go, as applications cannot be saved part way through. If your scholarship application is unsuccessful, you will still be eligible for a bursary – Maths funding options

Physics Scholarships

Physics scholarship are offered by the Institute of Physics (IOP). All scholars will be offered formal and informal opportunities throughout their training year to get involved with the scholar community and interact with your fellow scholars, allowing them to share ideas and draw on support. 

Scholars are also offered supertrips and masterclasses at education and science-related venues across the country to demonstrate how you could deliver an educational trip to that venue with your future pupils, and to introduce you to physics teaching ideas beyond the curriculum. You will also be invited to workshops where you can learn from experienced physics teachers and network with your peers.

All scholars also get free IOP membership for their training year, which includes full access to their in-house magazine Physics World, invitations to local branch meetings and free journal downloads.

How to apply

You can apply for a scholarship via the IOP website. If your online application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an assessment day in London. At the assessment day you will sit a written test, take part in a small group discussion and attend a panel interview.

If your application is unsuccessful, you will still be eligible for a bursary – Physics funding options.

Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans

With or without a bursary or scholarship, you can also access a Tuition Fee Loan to cover your tuition fees and a Maintenance Loan for your living costs. The available loans are:

  • a Tuition Fee Loan of up to £9,250 to cover your fees
  • a Maintenance Loan of up to £11,672 to support your living costs

Additional financial support

If you have children, a disability or an adult dependent, extra funding is available. For further details, visit the Get into Teaching website.