This is where you will find answers to the most common questions about the Maths Scholarship Programme. We have grouped the questions into sections entitled: Eligibility, Teacher training; Scholarship Funding and Applying. If you have an any questions please submit them and we'll be in touch as soon as possible.


What qualifications do I need?

You need to have achieved, or be predicted to achieve, at least a 2(i) honours degree. If your degree classification is lower but you hold a PhD or Masters qualification or confirmed equivalent you will also be eligible as they equate to a First and a 2(i) respectively.

Do I need a maths degree to apply for a Scholarship?

No, however, you will either need a degree with a strong mathematical content, or have extensive mathematical professional experience, or you have undertaken (or are undertaking) a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course in Mathematics of at least 20 weeks in duration. This will be discussed with you on an individual basis regarding your degree's match and suitability.

I have a degree with strong mathematical content, but I am undertaking an SKE course of less than 20 weeks.  Can I still apply?

Yes, as you meet the requirement of having a degree with strong mathematical content the duration of your SKE course can be of any duration.

Can I apply if I have a 2:2 degree classification?

Yes, you are welcome to apply but you need to demonstrate significant relevant experience.

I have a 2:2 degree classification and the application criteria say that I 'may also be eligible if you bring significant relevant experience' that we approve.  What does 'significant relevant experience' mean?

We will consider applications from those that have a 2:2 degree classification where there is strong evidence of subject knowledge together with either more advanced study or some relevant experience, such as mathematical professional or teaching experience and/or experience of work with young people. What is deemed 'relevant' will be at the discretion of the Scholarship scheme administrators.

What types of 'advanced study' are you looking for?

If you have a 2:2 degree classification, then we are looking for evidence that you have achieved the minimum level of education (2:1) that we require successful Scholars to have. Examples of advanced study include a relevant Masters degree or PhD.

My overseas degree is comparable to a ‘Bachelor degree’. Is this eligible?

According to NARIC, this degree demonstrates elements of both an Ordinary and Honours degree, but will not necessarily be directly comparable to one of these degree types. Therefore, you are required to submit a copy of your degree transcripts with your application for further consideration.

Can I apply if I live overseas?

To be eligible for the scholarship you must qualify as a home student, be eligible to draw a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company and meet the bursary eligibility criteria set out in the Department for Education (DfE) bursary guidance. A home student is one that is eligible for the provision of UK student support, more information can be found at Gov.UK.

I’ve responded ‘no’ to the question that asks if I’m an EU National and/or if I’ve been a resident in the EU in the past three years. Am I eligible?

Depending on your circumstances you may be eligible. You will need to demonstrate how you qualify as a home student for the purpose of paying tuition fees by your training provider. One way of doing this is by having been resident in the UK, European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the past three years and having the right to live in the UK or EEA without any visa restrictions. If you are still unsure, contact the Students Loans Company, to find out if you are eligible for a student loan. This confirmation is needed before submitting your application.

I'm already doing my teacher training, can I apply?

The Scholarships are only available for those who commence their teacher training in the academic year 2021/22. If you have already started your teaching training in this academic year you are not eligible to apply.

Teacher Training

Do I need to already have an offer of a PGCE place?

You do not need to already have your teacher training place organised to apply for the Scholarship, but by September 2021 you must have secured your training place on an eligible secondary mathematics PGCE or unsalaried School Direct course in England for the 2021/22 academic year which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The decision for entry onto a PGCE course will be made by the teacher training provider. If you are offered a Maths Scholarship but unsuccessful in securing a place on an eligible PGCE or School Direct course by September 2021 the Scholarship offer will be withdrawn.

However, if you apply to the Maths Scholarships for a third, or more, recruitment year, then you will be asked to provide a copy of your confirmation of place letter from your ITT provider before your application is processed.  The copy of the letter provided must be an official document, i.e. on letter headed paper. 

Can I apply if I apply for a Scholarship if I apply for the School Direct Training Programme (salaried) course?

A School Direct salaried student would not be entitled to a Scholarship, as they are employed rather than in training.

I am planning on applying to Teach First to teach Maths, does this qualify me for the scholarship?

Those undertaking Teach First are not eligible to apply for a Scholarship.

I'm on the Future Teaching Scholars programme. Am I eligible to apply?  

For an ITT trainee to be eligible to receive a Maths Scholarship, the trainee must meet the eligibility criteria in the DfE’s Initial teacher training bursaries funding manual.  In particular, a trainee must not be undertaking paid teaching work when in receipt of the bursary nor simultaneously be undertaking any other ITT course, training scheme or programme that leads to QTS.
As a Future Teaching Scholar you will be earning as you learn, being paid on the unqualified teacher scale during your Initial Teacher Training (ITT) year, and on an alternative programme leading to QTS.  Therefore, an individual undertaking the Future Teaching Scholars programme is not eligible to apply for a Maths Scholarship.

Does the IMA arrange my teacher training course?

No, the Scholarship will be awarded independently of your teacher training. You must apply for a secondary mathematics teacher training place and receive an offer before starting in September 2021. You can apply for our Scholarship at any time in this process.

Can I do my teacher training part time and still receive the Scholarship?

You are still eligible for the same Scholarship, but the payments will be spread out throughout your training period.

What PGCEs are eligible?

Eligible PGCEs are those that contain at least 50% mathematics, are a DfE funded ITT place and lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

My course leads to Qualified Teacher of Learning and Skills (QTLS), is this an eligible course for a Scholarship?

Courses which lead to QualifiedTeacher of Learning and Skills (QTLS) are not eligible for a Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarship as QTLS is a Further Education qualification. The bursaries from the DfE and the Scholarships are for secondary phase training only, i.e. ITT courses that lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

I want to do my initial teacher training outside England, can I still apply?

The Maths Teacher Training Scholarships are run in partnership with the DfE, which has responsibility for teacher training in England only.  This responsibility has been devolved to the Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Governments.  Therefore, the Maths Scholarships are only available for eligible initial teacher training programmes in England.

Scholarship Funding

How much is the Scholarship worth?

The Scholarship will provide a £26K tax-free bursary in your training year.  There is also considerable value in the additional benefits that you will receive.  

How will I be paid my Scholarship?

All DfE scholarship payments are made to you via your Training Provider, rather than the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.  More information about how the Scholarship is paid can be found on the Get into Teaching website. If you have any further questions relating to payments, please speak to your ITT provider.

Will I also receive the government bursary?

If you are awarded a Mathematics Scholarship it will be instead of the government's training bursary, you will not be eligible for both.



How do I apply?

Applications are made via an online system.  Please ensure that you have read  the information provided about the application process and use the sample application form before completing your application as you are not able to save this part way through completion.

When do I need to apply by?

Applications will open on TBC and will close early at TBC. We are unable to process any applications received after this date. Please visit the About page for further details. 

In previous years we have received an overwhelming number of applications which led to the Scheme closing earlier than expected. Should this happen again, then we will close early. We recommend applying early to avoid disappointment.

Due to the current Coronavirus pandemic, how will the Assessment Centres run?

For 2020/21, our Assessments will be held online using our videoconferencing software.  If you are required to sit the mathematics test as part of your assessment, this will also be held online.

I’m currently on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as part of a conditional PGCE offer, should I apply now or wait until I’ve completed it?

You can apply to the Maths Scholarships before you have completed your SKE course.  As with all applicants, we recommend applying sooner rather than later because in previous years, we have had to close early due to receiving a high number of applications.

How do I submit a successful application?

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! Please take the time to read our advice on how to submit a successful application

Who should I nominate as my referee? 

You are required to provide contact details of one referee as part of your application. We ask referees to provide details on how they think the candidate meets the application criteria therefore you should nominate someone who can comment on your personal attributes. If you are due to graduate from your undergraduate degree your referee should be your university tutor as they will be able to provide details of your expected degree classification. For further information take a look at our blog on references and who you should nominate.

How do I prepare for a Maths Scholars Assessment ? 

When invited to an Assessment you will be given a briefing paper which will provide you with details on how to prepare. However if you would like more details read our top tips.

I recently attended an Assessment when will I receive the outcome? 

You will be advised if you have been successful in obtaining a Scholarship no later than 10 working days following the Assessment. Working days do not include weekends and bank holidays.

Please note that if you’re unsuccessful at any stage you cannot reapply in the current application year.

Is it possible to defer the Scholarship offer? 

We understand circumstances can change which may prevent you from starting your teacher training. In this case we can offer you the option to defer the Scholarship offer. We can only defer the offer for a maximum of one year and is subject to the scheme continuing for the next academic year.

I've been informed I have been unsuccessful in applying for a Scholarship, can I appeal the decision? 

Applicants have the right to appeal against decisions made at any stage of the Maths Teacher Training Scholarship assessment process. Appeals can only be made on the basis of a failure of process and not against any academic or professional judgement. Please use the following document for further information: Appeals Process.pdf

Do you have more questions?

If you are in doubt about any aspect that has not been covered in these Maths scholars FAQS please submit a question. If you are unsure about any of the answers on this page please contact us using the Contact Us form.

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