Bursaries

We have temporarily suspended some of our existing bursary schemes as we have launched a new Covid 19 Bursary Fund to assist members experiencing difficulty paying membership fees.

The following bursary funds are currently open for applications:

  • Covid 19 Bursary
  • Mollie Petrie Bursary
  • Coral Gould Bursary
  • Hazel Wood Bursary

More details can be found below. You can apply for one of these bursaries by clicking on the link in the menu on the left hand side of this page. If you would like a hard copy of the application form or have any other questions, please contact Jan Spooner Swabey at secretary@aotos.org.uk or 01903 601 000.

Please note that we expect to receive a greater number of applications than we have bursaries available and not all applications may be successful. Those awarded a bursary are eligible to receive only one bursary at a time. We will assess applications against the eligibility criteria using information from the personal statement on the application.  

Covid 19 Bursary Fund

The presenters for our events generously donate their services and expertise to AOTOS as a charity which keeps our costs to a minimum. If you would like to support this fund, you can click here to make a donation. The deadline for donations and applications to the Covid 19 Bursary Fund will be Sunday 22 November 2020.

Applications will be assessed by the Chair, Past Chair, Chair Elect and Secretary.

Covid 19 Bursary

To cover the cost of one year's AOTOS membership.
• Open to existing members (who had an active membership on 23 March 2020)
• Deadline for application: 22 November 2020

Membership bursaries

  • Applications will be assessed by the Chair, Chair Elect and Secretary.
  • Applications must be supported by another AOTOS member; please provide their details.
  • Applicants should give a brief outline of their circumstances in support of their request.

Mollie Petrie Bursary

To cover the cost of two years’ AOTOS membership for a teacher under the age of 28.
• Open to members and non-members
• Deadline for application: the end of February in any membership year.

Coral Gould MBECoral Gould Bursary

To cover the cost of two years’ AOTOS membership for a current AOTOS member who has returned to part-time education.
• Open to members only
• Deadline for application: the end of February in any membership year.

Hazel Wood Bursary

To cover the cost of one year’s AOTOS membership for a current AOTOS member with a recently diagnosed serious illness.
• Open to members only
• Deadline for application: the end of February in any membership year.

Margaret Hopes Bursary

To cover the cost of one year’s AOTOS membership for a current AOTOS member of any age in financial need.
• Open to members only
• Deadline for application: the end of February in any membership year.

Event bursaries

Applications will be assessed by the Chair, Chair Elect and Secretary.

Norman Tattersall Bursary

To cover the cost of the conference fee for one day at a Summer or Autumn Conference. Travel and accommodation expenses are not included.
• Open to members only
• Deadlines for application: a month before the date of the conference.

Liza HobbsLiza Hobbs Bursary

To cover the fee for a Professional Development Day (four available – one for each area). Travel and accommodation expenses are not included.
• Open to members only
• Deadline for application: a month before the date of each area day.

Paul Deegan Bursary

To put towards the fee or expenses for one member to attend an EVTA event.
• Open to members only
• Deadline for application: two months before the event.

Training bursaries

Applications will be assessed by the Training Director, Pathways Administrator and Secretary.

Eileen Price Bursary

To cover the cost of the Pathways Course (Access Day, Mentoring Programme, Follow-up Day). Travel and accommodation expenses are not included.
• Open to members and non-members
• Deadline for application: a month before the start of the course.

Penny Price Jones Songlines Bursary

To support a teacher who has completed a Pathways Course and would like to attend the Professional Development Course.
• Open to members only
• Deadline for application: a month before the start of the course.