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Mat Wright

Get paid to train as a language teacher in England

Deadline extended to Wednesday 21st June

Are you ready to inspire future generations of linguists with your passion for languages? And to begin a rewarding career as a Modern Foreign Languages teacher? The British Council is awarding 175 scholarships, continuing professional development support and £27,000 of funding to talented individuals.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply you must have: 

  • a 2:1, or predicted 2:1
  • or a relevant PhD or Master's degree, or recognised equivalent 

In one of the following languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

We may also consider your application if you have a degree in another subject, or a 2.2 (or predicted 2.2) if you are able to demonstrate significant knowledge in the target language. 

You must also have secured a place on an eligible non-salaried languages teacher training scheme in England for the 2023 - 2024 academic year by September 2023.  

How to apply

Applications for the Languages Teacher Training Scholarships are now open. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 21st June. If you have any questions, please check the FAQs here

You can apply for our scholarship before or after you have secured your teacher training place. Please note that the British Council is not an ITT provider and receiving the British Council scholarship does not secure you a place with a teacher training provider. It is your responsibility to secure a training place on an eligible course. You can search all available courses in England using the teacher training database, but note that only non-salaried courses leading to QTS are compatible with the British Council scholarship.

The number of training places available each year is limited, and available places are expected to fill up well in advance of courses starting for the academic year 2023/24. 


Arabic Language Teacher Training scholarships programme

The Qatar Foundation International (QFI) and the British Council are pleased to announce that from 23/24 there will be an Arabic Language Teacher Training scholarships programme that will offer scholarships of  £2K (this is in addition to the bursary  offered to all those training to teach languages), plus a programme of scholarship activities (CPD, events and memberships). In order to be eligible for this, trainees need to have received a 2.1 in their degree or have considerable professional experience, have an offer of a place to train to teach Modern Foreign languages at a provider in England who can offer a placement that includes Arabic, have excellent spoken and written Arabic (MSA). Applications will open in January 2023, please express interest by writing to

Please note that this is not a DFE scholarship and the payments will be made by the QFI/British Council.


Last updated on 8 June 2023.

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