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Scotland's STEM Bursary: Humanities and Social Sciences

Scotland's STEM Bursary Scheme to encourage people to train as secondary school teachers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) is now open for applications. 150 career changers will now be able to apply for the £20,000 bursary to support them while training, to fill the high-demand teaching roles in STEM subjects. This year's bursary scheme will open for postgraduate teacher training courses beginning in August 2020. For successful applications, Bursary payments will be made in 10 equal monthly instalments from September 2020 to June 2021.

  • Number of scholarships 150
  • Value £20,000
  • Opens 4 May 2020
  • Deadline 14 August 2020
  • Help with Living costs, Travel costs, Childcare
  • Duration 10 months


To be eligible to apply for the 2020-21 scheme, candidates must:

  • have been in employment for at least 36 out of the last 60 months, including career breaks
  • hold a 2:1 degree or meet the minimum ITE entry requirement with a relevant masters in their subject area
  • have Higher English and National 5/credit level Maths, or equivalent
  • be at least 36 months away from full time education unless they have completed a paid PhD which includes teaching experience

The STEM Bursary is available for the PGDE programmes in Home Economics, Physics, Chemistry, MathsTechnological Education and Computing Science.

How to apply

Students who are eligible to apply for the 2020-21 scheme can apply via the online form from August 2020.