SAS Doctors’ and Dentists’ Bursary Scheme: 2018/19


Applications for this years Bursary are now CLOSED.



Guidance and Process 

Application Process
The Award
Important dates
Course examples

Peninsula and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education are pleased to announce that the SAS Bursary scheme will open on Tuesday 31st July 2018 and will invite applications from SAS Doctors and Dentists working within the Postgraduate Medical Education geography. The application window will close on Sunday 12th August 2018.


We offer bursaries towards the course fees for Associate Specialists, Staff Grades and Specialty Doctors and Dentists in substantive posts that wish to undertake a postgraduate course in a clinical or non-clinical field that is relevant to the applicant’s professional development. The course should ideally lead to a higher qualification such as a Masters or Postgraduate Diploma, granted by a Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) recognised UK provider.

Applications may be considered for courses that do not result in a Postgraduate Diploma or Masters; however, they should still be provided by a recognised UK institution and should demonstrate the relevance to your professional development and/ or the clinical need within your department.

When allocating bursaries, the emphasis is on enhancing the doctor’s professional development and, as such, more importance will be placed on how the course contributes to your development rather than the qualification attained on completion.

It should be noted however, that the bursary will not be awarded for short courses that can be covered by study leave allowance/entitlement. The overall purpose is to contribute more substantially to prolonged periods of study that the study leave allowance cannot cover.


It should also be noted that preference will be given to applicants who wish to complete courses in Medical Education, Medical Leadership and Coaching. However, do not be deterred if the course you wish to study does not fall into one of these categories as the scheme is not exclusively for doctors applying for these courses.

Bursaries cannot be awarded for fees towards professional membership examinations such as MRCP/ MRCS or applying for CESR, or for membership of professional bodies.

We will not fund courses outside the footprint of the Postgraduate Medical Education offices (Peninsula and Severn) unless they are either at least 10% cheaper or offer particular modules which are not available regionally.

The Bursary Award can only be guaranteed for the current financial year. If you are doing a 2 or 3 year course, you will have to apply every year as there is no guarantee of automatic additional bursaries to aid further years of study to which you may commit.

There is no limit to the number of times you can apply for the Bursary, although please note every application will go through the same competitive process.

The bursary contribution will be 50% of the total yearly amount and will be capped at a maximum amount of £3000.00 towards the course fee only. HEE would not reimburse travel/ subsistence or course materials. As an example, if the yearly course fee is £8,000 the maximum HEE would contribute will be £3,000.

Funding will not be awarded to applicants who have already started the course in the academic year for which they are applying for the bursary. Retrospective payment will NOT be made.

Application Process

The application process for the bursary fund is consistent across all applicants and each application is considered on its own merit. The process for the application is listed below.

Notification of the bursary window opening will be supported through:

  • Websites
  • Heads of Schools
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Centre Managers
  • Directors of Medical Education
  • School Managers

Applications for the 2018/19 SAS bursary can be submitted from Tuesday 31st July 2018. Application Forms will be available online from this date.

The closing date for SAS bursary applications is 23.55 on Sunday 12th August 2018.

Each application must be submitted on the standard application form and will be assessed against the scoring framework.

Completed applications can be submitted by one of the following:


All signed and completed applications must be marked SAS BURSARY APPLICATION on the top left corner of the envelope and addressed to:

The Senior Business and Education Manager
Peninsula Postgraduate Medical Education
Health Education England
Plumer House
Tailyour Road
Plymouth, PL6 5DH

If sending your application by post, please ensure it reaches the HEE office by the closing date above.


Scan and email to:
With the subject heading: SAS Bursary Application 2018

All applications will be acknowledged by email, stating confirmation of submission within 3-5 working days of receipt.

Any queries regarding the application process or an individual application should be emailed to

Please be aware that the Bursary scheme is a competitive process and making an application does not guarantee that you will be awarded a bursary.

Download the application form here.



Each application will be scored on its own merit and scored against the scoring framework.

The Funding Panel scoring the applications will be constituted from Member of the Peninsula and Severn Postgraduate Medical Education Senior Management Team.

The decisions concerning bursaries are not made solely on the basis of the type of course that you are applying for. Successful applications must demonstrate how this course will benefit their personal/ career development, and how it will bring benefit to the wider NHS.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by email, no later than Friday 31st August 2018.

The decision of the panel is final. There is no appeal process.

The Award

Applicants are required to pay for their course fees in full and claim from the Deanery the awarded sum with proof of payment using the HEE invoice template.

If you have been awarded funding in a previous scheme and would like to apply for a bursary towards a different course you are welcome to do so but you must demonstrate how the previous course was of benefit to your development and the wider NHS. Please be aware that these applications will be assessed on an individual basis.

The Senior Business and Education Manager is responsible for the Bursary Fund and is supported by an administrative team.

Each application will be assigned its own unique reference number.

Funds will only be awarded if successful with the bursary application.

Applicants are required to pay for their course fees in full and claim from the Deanery the awarded sum with proof of payment using the HEE invoice template.

IMPORTANT: The invoice must reach no later than Friday 21st December 2018. If this presents a problem, please contact to discuss further.

When a bursary is allocated and accepted but not subsequently claimed, the funds cannot be re-allocated due to the timing of the financial year. Interested applicants are therefore requested to consider their decision carefully before applying so that the funding can be allocated effectively and fairly.

Once a bursary has been awarded, the course cannot be deferred without the prior approval of the panel. Under exceptional circumstances (on a case by case basis), a maximum deferment of 1 year will be allowed. In all other cases, funds will be recalled if the course is not taken up as initially intimated to us.

You must inform us immediately (within 2 weeks) if you subsequently decide not to take up the course or withdraw from the course for any reason whatsoever. Failure to do so might render you ineligible for future bursary schemes and you may be required to pay for the course or other associated costs incurred.

Important Dates

Please see below for key dates in the bursary timeline:

Process 2018/19
SAS Bursary Scheme opens to applications Tuesday, 31st July 2018
SAS Bursary Scheme closes to applications Sunday, 12th August 2018
Scoring remotely 15th – 17th August 2018
Final decision by the panel 17th August 2018
SAS Bursary applicants informed of outcome of their application Friday, 31st August 2018
Invoice to be received by the Postgraduate Medical Education office No later than Friday, 21st December 2018

Example courses in Medical Leadership, Medical Education and Coaching

As the focus of the SAS Bursary Scheme is on Medical Education, Medical Leadership and Coaching, some example courses in these areas can be found below.

PLEASE NOTE: with the exception of the Postgraduate Medical Education Professional & Generic Skills programme, we do not endorse the courses listed. They are given as examples for your information only and other courses may be applicable. Please ensure you have thoroughly researched and understood the course you are applying for.

Following are some examples: 

Various specialty specific MSc courses:

  • PG Cert / Workplace Based Postgraduate Medical Education
  • PG Cert/ MA Medical/ Clinical Education
  • MA in Healthcare, Ethics & Law
  • MA in Developing Professional Practice in Management
  • MSc Teaching Mindfulness Based Approaches