SAS Doctors’ and Dentists’ Bursary Scheme: 2020/21 is now CLOSED.

Guidance and Process 

Application Process
The Award
Important dates

South West Postgraduate Medical Education Deanery (Peninsula & Severn)  are pleased to announce that the SAS Bursary scheme will open on Wednesday 8th July 2020 and will invite applications from SAS Doctors and Dentists working within the Postgraduate Medical Education geography. The application window will close at 23:55 hours on Friday 7th August 2020.   


We offer bursaries towards the course fees for Associate Specialists, Staff Grades and Specialty Doctors and Dentists in substantive posts who 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 Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma, or Masters; 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 Certificate, Diploma or Masters; however, they should still be provided by a recognised UK institution and should demonstrate the relevance to applicants’ professional development and/ or the clinical need within their department.

 When allocating bursaries, the emphasis is on enhancing their professional development and, as such, more importance will be placed on how the course contributes to their 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 typically cover.


Whereas we would consider all applications, preference may be given to applicants who wish to complete courses in Medical Education, Medical Leadership, or Coaching. Applicants need not be deterred if the course they 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 for CESR application, or for membership of professional bodies.

 We will not fund courses outside the footprint of the South West Postgraduate Medical Education Deanery (Peninsula & Severn) unless they are either at least 10% cheaper or offer particular modules which are not available within the region.

 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 £3500 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 £3,500.

 Funding will not usually be awarded to applicants who have already started the course in the academic year for which they are applying for the bursary. Retrospective payments 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 done through:


  • Websites
  • SAS Tutors
  • Postgraduate Medical Education Centre Managers
  • Directors of Medical Education


Applications for the July 2020 SAS bursary can be submitted from Wednesday 8th July 2020. Application Forms will be available online from this date.

 The closing date for SAS bursary applications is 23.55 on Friday 7th August 2020.

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

Completed applications must be submitted via email to the following address;


Scan & email to:                      

With the subject heading:                SAS Bursary Application July 2020


All applications will be acknowledged by email, stating confirmation of submission within 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.


Please click here for the application form.       



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

The panel scoring the applications will be constituted from members of the South West Postgraduate Medical Education Deanery (Peninsula & Severn) Senior Management Team.

 The decisions concerning bursaries are not made solely on the basis of the type of course that applicants 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 21st August 2020.

 The decision of the panel will be final. There is no appeals process.

The Award

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

If an applicant has been awarded funding in a previous scheme and would like to apply for a bursary towards a different course, they are welcome to do so but must demonstrate how the previous course was of benefit to their development and to 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.


The invoice must reach  no later than Thursday 31st December 2020. 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:


2020 - 21

SAS Bursary Scheme opens to applications

Wednesday 8th July 2020

SAS Bursary Scheme closes to applications

Friday 7th August 2020

Scoring remotely

Monday 3rd  August – Friday, 14th August 2020

Final decision by the panel

Tuesday 18th August 2020

SAS Bursary applicants informed of outcome of their application

Friday 21st August 2020

Invoice to be received by the Postgraduate Medical Education office 

No later than Thursday 31st December 2020