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Financial Incentives 2019-20

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 (QTS).

Availability is dependent on the highest relevant academic award and the ITT subject. To receive a bursary or scholarship trainees must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria as either a home or EU student.

Applicants with a degree from outside the UK should refer to the equivalency table to see if their degree is likely to attract a bursary, or should consult their chosen training provider.

Postgraduate Bursaries and Scholarships



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

Chemistry, computing, geography, languages, and physics



Biology and classics

no scholarship available


Secondary mathematics




no scholarship available


Design and technology, history

no scholarship available


Music, religious education

no scholarship available


Primary with mathematics

no scholarship available


Graduates with a 2:1 and above can apply for a scholarship with the appropriate professional body. As well as the financial award, scholars will receive a package of additional benefits provided by the professional bodies.

Trainees with a 2:2 may be awarded a scholarship in exceptional circumstances, if they have significant relevant experience.

Trainees awarded a scholarship cannot also receive a bursary. Trainees who are not awarded a scholarship may be eligible for a bursary, if they meet the eligibility and qualification criteria.

Secondary mathematics early-career payments

Secondary mathematics trainees will receive two additional early-career payments of £5,000 each (or £7,500 each if teaching in specified areas of England) in their third and fifth year of teaching, if they have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing their teacher training course. These amounts are after tax, so teachers will receive the full amount as stated. For more information, please read the mathematics early-career payments guidance on the DfE Website