Want to submit a successful application to the Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships?

 1. Take it seriously!

As with all job applications, give your application to the Maths Scholarships the time and care it deserves.  For some of you, this will be one of the first steps towards your future career and first impressions count for a lot!

When completing the application form, consider the following:

  • The information you are providing is correct, especially your contact details. You do want to hear from us…?

  • The information is provided in full. For example, if you abbreviate your degree name, don’t assume everyone will know what this means.

  • Grammar

  • Spelling

  • Capitalisation of names and proper nouns. However, please do not use capitals throughout your application, THERE IS NO NEED TO SHOUT AT US!

The online application system does not have the facility to save part completed application forms. To help you prepare your application, a  Sample Application Form is available to download. As you’re able to prepare your application beforehand, ask someone else to read over your application.  A fresh pair of eyes is always helpful in spotting those silly mistakes.

2. Eligibility


The first key criterion is your eligibility for student finance. To be eligible for a Maths Scholarship, you must be entitled to student support from the funding body/education authority for where you normally reside in the UK.

To check your eligibility, please contact Student Finance England.  There’s a different process for checking your eligibility if you’re a student from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland. Contact the education authority if you live in the Channel Islands (Jersey and Guernsey) or Isle of Man.

If you do not demonstrate your eligibility sufficiently, this may result in your application being unsuccessful.

3. Qualifications

Along with a minimum degree classification of a 2:2, a Masters or PhD, we are looking for applicants to have a degree in a subject that contains strong mathematical content, such as mathematics, engineering and physics.

If it is not obvious to us from your degree title, as it may be a subject outside of our area of expertise, then you will be asked to provide further evidence to help us assess the mathematical and statistical content of your degree(s).  We are particularly looking for evidence of where Linear Algebra (including vectors and matrices) and Calculus (namely differentiation and integration, including from first principles), have been studied and assessed.  Evidence can include:  

  • A copy of your degree transcripts, i.e. the list of modules taken as part your studies and the marks gained

  • The syllabus for the relevant part of your degree(s)

  • Providing examples of coursework or examination papers

  • Demonstrating evidence from work experience

If we ask you for this information, send as much as you can to support your application, especially if the maths topics we are looking for are embedded in module(s) you studied at university, which may be called something other than Calculus or Linear Algebra.

Got an overseas degree?  Please see our blog Applicants With Overseas Degrees.

If you do not demonstrate your eligibility sufficiently, this may result in your application being unsuccessful.

4. Personal Statement

In 400 to 600 words, we want to know: why you want to become a mathematics teacher: why you believe you will be an inspirational mathematics teacher: why you wish to become a Maths Scholar and why you believe that being a Maths Scholar will support your future career aims. For clarification, a Maths Scholar is an individual who has received a Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarship.

Make sure you include any school teaching/observation experience you have, or are planning to get and when, in your personal statement as this helps to demonstrate that this is what you want to do. You are welcome to include experiences from all stages of education, though we are particularly interested in your experience in secondary schools.We also encourage you to support your personal statement with any other relevant experience of working with young people, including employment and voluntary work, interests and hobbies, such as scouts youth clubs, coaching sports teams, UAS module or a STEM Ambassador. You will find this experience beneficial if invited to an Assessment.

As you have to write a personal statement for your teacher training application, why not use that with some appropriate amendments and inclusions?  Saves you doing the some of the work twice!

If you do not write at least 400 words and/or cover the four points listed in the first paragraph of this section (4) in your personal statement, your application will be rejected. The Maths Scholarships Team has the discretion to decide if your personal statement meets the points listed above. Similarly, if you do not demonstrate your desire to become a secondary school mathematics teacher sufficiently, this may result in your application being unsuccessful.

5. Availability

To help us assign you a date for an Assessment Centre, ensure that you have put all the dates, up until the 31 August of the current academic year that you know that you are not available, i.e. holidays, exams, graduation, work experience.  

6. Referee

Your referee can be either your academic tutor, if still at university, or a senior colleague. If invited to an Assessment, your referee will be contacted by us for a reference in which they will be asked to address the following:

  • Predicted degree classification (if you are due to graduate the current academic year)
  • Why they think you are suitable for a career as a secondary mathematics teacher, referring to; your personal qualities, i.e. enthusiasm, communication skills (verbal and written), leadership potential, teamwork ability, your interest and commitment to education/teaching and your love of mathematics and desire to share this with others
  • Provide any other comments they feel may support your application

If you are yet to graduate, we will require your referee to be your university tutor to confirm your expected degree classification.

We will not accept family members, relations and other applicants to the Maths Scholarships as your referee.

7. And finally…

If you do receive an email from the Maths Scholarships Team, asking for clarification on something in your application or requesting further information, then please do respond to us.  Without this, we may be unable to continue processing your application…