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
Home students and EU students with 'settled' or 'pre-settled' status in the UK studying for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) can apply for three types of funding and could receive all three depending on their circumstances:
1. Tax-free bursary or scholarship for specific subjects only
2. Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
3. Additional grants for students with children, with adult dependents, and/or with disabilities
Home and EU students studying for a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) may be eligible for a tax-free bursary from the government, worth up to £24,000. These are paid in ten monthly instalments, directly into your UK bank account, starting in October each academic year.
As a PGCE student, your bursary eligibility and the amount you may receive depends on the subject you plan to teach, and highest relevant academic qualification. This is only available for specific subjects.
For more information and to check how much bursary you may be eligible for please visit the Get Into Teaching website.
September 2022 trainees; please submit the completed and signed PGCE Bursary application form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 2023 trainees; updated PGCE bursary application form and guidance notes will be available here from July 2023.
Please refer to the PGCE Guidance Notes for information on eligibility, payment details and implications of leaving your programme with regards to your PGCE bursary, if awarded.
Refer to the application form to provide bank details to receive bursary payments, where eligible. If for any reason you decide to defer or withdraw from your PGCE programme email email@example.com or login to My Portal (ensuring you have your login details (email and password)) to hand, promptly to prevent any overpayments which will be reclaimed.
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 SMART (Monday - Friday, 9am-5pm).