The Educational Psychology Funded Training (EPFT) scheme provides government funding in partnership with employers for 204 trainee educational psychologists. It is a six year commitment made up of a three-year doctorate degree course, followed, by a period of employment immediately after graduation as an educational psychologist within a local authority (or alternative setting which supports the statutory work within a local authority) within England for at least three years. If you do not complete the training course or if you fail to spend the three years immediately after graduation employed as an educational psychologist within a local authority, or in a capacity which supports the statutory work of a local authority service, in England you may have to repay some or all of the funding associated with your training place.
The Department for Education (DfE) works with the participating universities to manage the funded element of the EPFT scheme.
The Association of Educational Psychologists (AEP) hosts and administers the online application process. The payment of an administration fee is required to start your application. The administration fee is currently set at £30 and is regularly reviewed. The fee covers the running costs of managing the EPFT system.
The participating universities, in partnership with employers, are responsible for selection of the successful applicants. Employers also offer practice placements in years two and three.
The information on this page concerning availability of funding and eligibility requirements has been supplied by the DfE. The AEP is not in a position to offer definitive advice on funding matters. If the information on this page does not address your specific circumstances adequately, then you should seek further advice and guidance directly from the DfE. However, you should be aware that the DfE are unable to assist on queries relating to your nationality or immigration status. If your query relates to these, you should contact the Home Office.
There are 204 places under the EPFT scheme available in September 2024. The universities offering the doctorate for 2024 are:
The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
UCL Institute of Education
University of East London
Please note that at the present time, recruitments to any of the advertised programmes are subject to the agreement of a funding contract with the Department for Education (DfE), which we hope will be concluded shortly. In the event that this contract is not confirmed by the proposed offer release date, recruitment to these programmes for September 2024 would not take place. Therefore, applications to these programmes at this time are entirely at the applicant’s own risk. As soon as the funding contract with DfE is complete, this notice will be updated.
The Department for Education (DfE) is responsible for funding the EPFT scheme.
Under the EPFT scheme, funding allocated to successful candidates covers tuition fees for all three years of the course, and a bursary for the first year, all of which will be paid to the university by the DfE on the candidate's behalf.
Applicants should note:
Application Start Date
Monday 18th September 2023 (midday)
Tuesday 28th November 2023 (5pm)
Wednesday 29th November 2023 (5pm)
Interviewing and Shortlisting Deadline:
Wednesday 13th March 2024 (5pm)
Wednesday 20th March 2024 (midday)
Candidates will have 7 days from receiving an offer to accept or decline an EPFT place.