We advise all applicants to apply to Student Finance England as soon as possible, in order to determine your eligibility for DfE funding; please note that you can do this before you have a confirmed training place with any provider. Our Bursaries and Scholarships are paid via the Student Loans Company, so all NMAPS trainees MUST register with Student Finance England, even if they do not wish to apply for a loan. Students registered with Student Finance Scotland will need to transfer/link their account to Student Finance England.
You may be eligible for a government bursary, dependent on your degree classification and residency status in the UK. NMAPS can help you assess your eligibility and advise you accordingly. Scholarships are available and awarded by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the Institute of Physics. You should apply directly to the relevant institution for this funding. They also have their own eligibility criteria, which you can find on their websites.
Bursary and Scholarship payments are made in 10 monthly instalments 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
For courses starting in 2021, the following amounts are available for eligible Trainee Teachers. Please note that the level of bursary funding available is related to the subject that you wish to teach, and is not determined by your undergraduate degree subject.
Funding rates and eligibility criteria for 2021-2022 are as follows:
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- Bursaries and scholarships are available to trainees on a tuition 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 asked to formally recognise any overseas qualifications through UK NARIC. We can help you with this. Contact us on 0800 389 2500 and we 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 to teacher training, if required by your training provider.
- Bursaries are available to trainees with a First, 2:1, 2:2, Master’s or PhD.
- Trainees in Mathematics and Physics are able to apply for a teacher training scholarship with the appropriate professional body. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary. Each of the professional scholarship bodies sets its own eligibility criteria – find out more on the dedicated scholarship pages. Scholarships are awarded in place of a bursary.
Mathematics 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 Mathematics 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 Mathematics and the potential to become an inspirational and talented Mathematics teacher.
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 – Mathematics funding options.
Physics scholarships 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, a Tuition Fee Loan is available to cover the full tuition fee. If you take one out, you don’t have to pay your course costs upfront. A Maintenance Loan is available to help with 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
To find out more about Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loans, visit the Get into Teaching website.
Extra financial support
You may be entitled to addition financial support if you’re a parent, have an adult dependant or a disability. This support doesn’t have to be paid back but is income-assessed.
To find out more about your funding options, visit the ‘funding your training’ page on the Get into Teaching website.