One way to fund your postgraduate studies is through government funding.
You can get government funding for postgraduate study through loans, studentships, bursaries or grants.
Eligibility criteria, application deadlines and terms and conditions apply, so read below for government funding details.
Here you can find out about:
- PGCE funding
- Postgraduate loans
- Social work bursaries
- Doctoral loans
PGCE Funding 2023/24
Home fee status students studying for a tuition fee-based Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) that leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) can apply for two types of funding and could receive both depending on their circumstances.
- Department for Education (DfE) tax-free bursary or scholarship for specific subjects only.
In languages and physics, trainees starting courses in the academic year 2023/24 will not need to be eligible for Student Finance to be eligible for a PGCE bursary or scholarship.
In all other eligible subjects, trainees are only eligible for a PGCE bursary or scholarship if they are entitled to support under the Student Finance criteria.
For more information, please visit the Get Into Teaching website.
- Student Finance funding: Tuition Fee Loan, Maintenance Loan, Discretionary Grants
Home fee status students studying a tuition fee based PGCE programme that leads to a QTS can apply for the same funding as undergraduate Home fee status students. This includes a Tuition Fee Loan and/or Maintenance Loan and Discretionary Grants from Student Finance where applicable. Eligibility for Student Finance loans and grants depends on nationality, residency, age, previous study, as well as the university and the course studied.
For more information on Student Finance eligibility please visit Student Finance for undergraduates: New full-time students.
Applications for Student Finance loans and grants can be made online via Apply online for student finance.
DfE recently announced the availability of the International Relocation Payment (IRP) for academic year 2023/24. This is a one-off payment of £10,000 which will be available to non-UK trainees and teachers of physics and languages (except English). This payment is a contribution towards some of the relocation expenses.
Eligibility including visa status and date of arrival will be checked by DfE. Approved funding for eligible trainees will be confirmed towards the end of term 1. IRP payment will then be made to eligible international trainees by 31st January 2024. This is not a loan and will not need to be repaid.
Trainees will not be eligible for IRP if they are already living in the UK or undergoing assessment only QTS. For further information please refer to International Relocation Payments.
How to apply for PGCE Bursaries or Scholarships
September 2023 trainees; please submit the completed and signed PGCE Bursary application form 2023/24 via email to email@example.com. Awarded bursaries and scholarships are paid in ten monthly instalments directly into trainees’ UK bank accounts, starting in October 2023.
Please refer to the PGCE Guidance Notes 2023/24 for information on eligibility, payment details and implications of leaving your programme early with regards to your PGCE bursary/scholarship.
For September 2024 trainees; updated PGCE bursary application form and guidance notes will be available here from June 2024.
Scholarship applicants should apply to the relevant scholarship awarding body. Details are available via Get Into Teaching. If awarded a scholarship, please email a copy of your scholarship award confirmation letter/email, along with the above PGCE bursary application form to firstname.lastname@example.org as certain eligibility criteria will need to be checked.
Withdrawals / Deferrals
Trainees must inform email@example.com as soon as they decide to defer/withdraw from their PGCE studies to prevent overpayment of bursaries/scholarships. In case of overpayments, an invoice will be raised for the full overpaid amount, and trainees will be contacted via our Credit Control team to arrange repayment. Trainees must promptly repay this overpayment.
For further information and advice on PGCE bursaries you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone +44 (0)20 8223 4444 and ask to speak with a SMART Advisor (Monday – Friday, 10am-2pm).