Funding my training

Funding through DfE Bursaries and Scholarships

As a maths or physics trainee, you may qualify for funding through a DfE bursary or a Scholarship. Scholarships are awarded by the Institute of Physics for physics trainees or Mathematical Association for maths.

This will more than cover the £9,000 fee for the NMAPS course which leads to a PGCE and QTS.



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

Early-career payments Total 
Bursary                     £20,000 £10,000 £30,000
Scholarship              £22,000 £10,000 £32,000



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

Bursary  £26,000
Scholarship £28,000

The rules to qualify for funding…

  1. Funding is available for trainees on a fee-based teacher training course in England awarding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end.
  2. Availability is dependent on your highest relevant academic award in the subject you are training to teach.
  3. You must be eligible for support under the Student Finance England criteria. 
  4. If you have a degree from outside the UK, you should refer to the overseas degree equivalency table

Please contact us if you require any clarification or help with any aspect of this.

How the maths scholarship or bursary works in practice

You could receive £30k for a bursary or £32k scholarship funding in total. Of this £20k is paid as a tax-free bursary, or £22k  as a scholarship during your training year. On top of this, £10k (after tax) is paid during your early years of teaching and £5k in each of your third and fifth year of teaching. You may receive more than this if you teach in specified areas in England. To qualify for the additional £10k you need to teach in a state funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.  

Professional Body Scholarships

Trainees in physics or maths with a 2:1 or above may apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. 

Maths Scholarships

You could receive a scholarship worth £32,000 to teach maths. This is a £22,000 tax-free scholarship while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching. A maths scholarship offers additional benefits such as networking opportunities and professional development support.

The maths scholarship is 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. As a result you will have the chance to be inspired, get support and share new ideas.


To qualify for a maths scholarship, you need a 2:1 class of degree or higher in a subject with significant mathematical content. You can still apply if you have a 2:2, if you can demonstrate relevant experience. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Find out more.

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

Apply directly through the IMA website. This will need to be completed in one go, as applications cannot be saved part way through.

Physics Scholarships

An Institute of Physics (IOP) scholar will receive £28,000 tax-free funding. This will support you during your training year, as well as offering a range of other benefits to help you succeed in your career.

In addition to the funding, you will join a community of scholars. The IOP provide a valuable support network and you will be invited to key events and learn from the experts. As well as exchanging tips for the classroom and discovering inspiring ways to communicate physics, you will also benefit from IOP membership.


To qualify for one of these prestigious scholarships, you need a physics or related degree with a proven or predicted grade of at least 2:1. If you have a 2:2 degree your application will be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant experience. A relevant PhD or Master’s degree or recognised equivalent is also acceptable.

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 – find out more about other physics funding options.

Find out more at the Institute of Physics website.