Postgraduate bursaries and scholarships from the Department for Education (DfE)

You may be eligible for a postgraduate teaching bursary or scholarship from the Department for Education when you train to become a teacher in certain subjects. The bursaries or scholarships is tax-free and you will not need to pay it back.


You must be eligible for student finance to receive a bursary or scholarship (unless you’re training to teach physics or languages).

You cannot receive a scholarship or bursary if your teacher training course is salaried.


To be eligible for a bursary, you’ll need at least one of the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree class 2:2 (honours) or higher
  • a master’s degree
  • a PhD

You will also need to meet the bursary scheme’s individual terms and conditions.

If you’re eligible for a bursary, you will automatically receive it - you do not need to apply.

Full details of eligibility is available on the Government website.


To be eligible for a scholarship, you’ll need at least one of the following:

  • a bachelor’s degree class 2:1 (honours) or higher
  • a master’s degree
  • a PhD

In exceptional circumstances, if you achieved a 2:2 in your degree you may still be awarded a scholarship if you have significant relevant experience.

Scholarships are offered by independent institutions, and you do need to apply for them. Each institution sets their own eligibility criteria. Details of how to apply for a scholarship are on the Get into Teaching website:

International trainees

If you’re a non-UK citizen without indefinite leave to remain in the UK, you will not usually be eligible for a bursary or scholarship, unless you train to teach languages or physics. Find out more about funding for non-UK citizens:

When is funding paid?

Your bursary or scholarship will be paid in a minimum of 10 equal monthly instalments over the duration of your course.

Bursaries and scholarships

The table below shows which subjects offer Department for Education postgraduate bursaries and scholarships in the 2024/25 academic year.

These scholarships and bursaries are set by the Department for Education and are subject to terms and conditions. Please be sure to check the DfE bursaries and scholarships webpage ( for full details.

DfE PGCE bursaries and scholarships
Art and design £10,000 n/a
Biology £25,000 n/a
Chemistry £28,000 £30,000
Computing £28,000 £30,000
Design and technology £25,000 n/a
English £10,000 n/a
Geography £25,000 n/a
Languages (French, German and Spanish only) £25,000 £27,000
Languages (all other languages, including ancient languages) £25,000 n/a
Maths £28,000 £30,000
Music £10,000 n/a
Physics £28,000 £30,000
Religious Education £10,000 n/a

This information was accurate when this page was built. Please check the DfE website for the most up-to-date information: