How to apply

The IOP Teacher Training Scholarship programme for the 2018/19 academic year is now closed.

Register your details to stay informed about funding options for teacher training in 2020/21. Details will be announced on our website in October 2019.

To be successful means excelling at three levels: submitting an application that demonstrates your commitment to teaching, proving your outstanding subject knowledge, and standing out from the crowd at an assessment day.

Stage 1: Are you eligible?

Before you start your application you must read our eligibility criteria. If you meet the eligibility criteria you can then proceed to stage 2.

Stage 2: Apply online

Once you have read and understood the eligibility criteria, you are ready to get started. 

Among other things, the application form will ask you to:

  • List your academic qualifications. You will need to have your qualifications to hand
  • Tell us why you want to be a teacher. We also want to hear about any observational experience you’ve completed in a school, as well as other relevant experience you have.
  • Provide the contact details of a suitable referee. If you have graduated in the past three years or are on an SKE course this should be an academic referee (eg a course tutor). Otherwise, they must be a suitable professional individual. Please note we can only take academic references from university or higher education contacts, not high school.
  • You will also need to take a short online subject knowledge test.

Stage 3: Assessment day

If your online application is shortlisted, we will invite you to attend an assessment day in London. If you are successful at the assessment day, we will recommend you for a scholarship.

At the assessment day you will sit a written test, take part in a small group discussion and attend a panel interview.

Watch a short video for a taste of what to expect at an assessment day on YouTube

Frequently asked questions about your scholarship application

What happens after I submit my application?

We will notify you by email approximately two and a half weeks after the scholarship application deadline if your application is shortlisted and then invite you to attend an assessment day with other shortlisted candidates. We advise that you visit a school for some school experience before attending the assessment day.

Do I need to submit my teacher training application through UCAS before I apply for a scholarship?

No. You can apply for an IOP scholarship before or after you have applied for your teacher training place.

I am currently on a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course as part of a conditional offer. Should I apply for a scholarship now or wait until I’ve completed it?

You can apply at any time but we will be assessing your subject knowledge, so you may prefer to wait until you have completed or at least started your SKE course. You can always express your intention of applying by e-mailing us at Keep an eye on the deadline dates.

How can I make my application stand out?

There are a few things you can do to make your application more attractive. Have a look at our tips on how to stand out from the crowd.

How and when will I know if I’m successful?

If you are to be awarded a scholarship you will be notified shortly after attending the assessment day. You will need to secure a place on an eligible training course in order for the scholarship to be validated.

Who funds the scholarship?

The IOP recommends candidates to the Department for Education, who is responsible for funding the award.

How will the funds be paid if I am awarded a scholarship?

You will need to inform your training provider as soon as possible if you are awarded a scholarship because the payment schedule depends on your provider. The payment of scholarships is similar to the payment of government bursaries. For a full-time course, payment is usually made on a monthly basis. For a part-time course, part of the scholarship can be awarded at the start of your training and the remainder of it awarded at the beginning of the second year of training. However this varies between providers, so contact your chosen institution for confirmation.

If you have any questions or concerns about the application process, please contact us on 020 7470 4959 or email

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