Teaching mathematics in secondary schools is exciting and dynamic. You can make a real difference at every level – even while completing your initial teacher training.

If you’ve got a love of mathematics, a desire to teach and the potential to be an inspirational teacher, then you can apply for a Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarship.  You could receive £34,000 to teach mathematics – a £28,000 tax-free scholarship to support you while you train and a further £6,000 after tax once in teaching.

If you have what we’re looking for in a Maths Scholar, then we want you to apply!  Applications for the Maths Teacher Training Scholarship open on Friday 11 October 2019 and are made via the online application form on the Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships website.

Benefits of a Maths Scholarship

In addition to the tax-free bursary and early-career payments*, you will receive:

  • Two years free membership of professional bodies
  • Access to superb professional resources
  • Invitations to CPD events arranged, and run, by specialists in maths education.  Have a look at this blog by a Scholar and find out why he was asked to bring a Pringles tube to a maths conference…
  • Keep abreast with developments in maths, education and teaching
  • Membership of a like-minded and passionate community of Maths enthusiasts
  • Recognition of your potential to boost your confidence
  • Looks good on your CV!

* You’ll receive three additional early-career payments of £2k each in your second, third and fourth year of teaching – enhancements to these payments are available if you teach in specified areas in England. You must have taught in a state-funded school in England since completing your teacher training course. View the full terms and conditions.

Maths Scholarship Criteria

To apply for a Scholarship, you need to meet the following criteria:

  • You are a UK/EU citizen and have also been resident in the UK/EU for the last three years.
  • You have, or are expected to achieve:
    • A first or 2:1 undergraduate degree, or a postgraduate degree (MSc, MRes, MPhil or PhD), or;
    • A 2:2 undergraduate degree, and also have significant relevant experience.
  • You meet one of the following:
    • Have, or are studying for, a degree with strong mathematical content (e.g. mathematics, physics, engineering.)
    • Have a degree with strong mathematical content and will complete, or have completed, a Maths Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course of any duration prior to September 2020.
    • Have a non-mathematical degree and will complete, or have completed, a Maths SKE course of a minimum of 20 weeks in duration prior to September 2020.
    • Have a non-mathematical degree with extensive mathematical professional experience.
  • Secure a training place on an eligible Secondary Mathematics PGCE or unsalaried School Direct mathematics course in England which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) status for the 2020/21 academic year.


More information about the Maths Scholarship can be found on our website, including details of the application process.  Visit the News section of the Maths Scholarships website to find other blogs by current Scholars about how they are finding the first few weeks of the initial teacher training.

We want to help you through the process of applying so you will also find blogs on how to submit a successful application, and writing a personal statement.

In previous years, we have received an overwhelming number of applications to the Maths Scholarships which led to the Scheme closing earlier than expected. Should this happen again, then we will close early so follow us on social media to stay up to date; Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn.  If you would like to join our mailing list, then drop us an email at Scholarships@ima.org.uk.


Application close on Monday 6 July 2020, and we also advise you not to leave submitting your application until nearer the closing date.


We look forward to receiving your application!


The Maths Scholarships Team

Vanessa & Cianne

For information, please see the Mathematics Teacher Training Scholarships website