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The STEM Bursary programme has been expanded to include a new subject area, giving more career-changers the opportunity to move into education.

The bursary is now open to those accepted onto PGDE ITE teacher education courses in chemistry at qualifying Scottish institutions.

The £2m fund offers financial support for people looking to change careers and become secondary school teachers in selected science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) subjects.

The £20,000 grant, which does not need to be repaid, will make it easier for individuals to transition from paid employment to education.

The funding will be over and above any normal student support provided by SAAS, as long as students meet SAAS eligibility criteria.

The chemistry course is in addition to the existing qualifying courses in maths, computer science, technical education and physics.

To apply for funding, you must meet the eligibility criteria, which can be viewed on the STEM Bursary website, and hold an offer of a place on a PGDE ITE teacher education course in one of the qualifying subject areas for one of the following Scottish universities:

The scheme is open to people who have already applied for qualifying 2018/19 courses, as well as new applicants. To check which courses are still open for applications, check with the universities directly.

There will be 100 bursaries available for the 2018/19 intake and in subsequent years for the duration of the scheme.

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For more information on the STEM bursary, eligibility criteria and how to apply, head to

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