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Mat Wright

MFL Scholarship applications

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? If so, 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 one of the following in French, German or Spanish:

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

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 Scholarship are now open. The deadline to apply is Tuesday 28 February 2023. If you have any questions, please check out the FAQs page here. You will find answers to some common questions about the scholarship.

A second round of applications will be announced in May 2023 should places not be filled. We strongly recommend you submit your application as soon as possible.

You can apply for our scholarship before or after you have secured your teacher training place. Please note that 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. 

Information Session:

We will be hosting an information session along with advisors from Get into Teaching on Thursday 16 February from 16.00 to 17.00 GMT. This is your chance to hear more about the scholarship and how to apply from the British Council team, and to find out more about teaching in England from a Get into Teaching Adviser. There will also be a chance to ask questions about the scholarship and languages teacher training.

Register here  

Arabic Language Teacher Training scholarships programme

The Qatar Foundation International 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


Last updated on 24 January 2023.

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