Chemistry scholarships

If you’re passionate about chemistry and inspiring the next generation, you could be eligible for a generous tax-free scholarship. If you’re awarded a scholarship by the Royal Society of Chemistry, you’re guaranteed £27,500 to support you throughout your teacher training year. You’ll also get free classroom materials, support from an expert chemistry mentor, free online CPD courses and more.

In addition, you’ll also enjoy free membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) for two years – giving you access to a bimonthly Education in Chemistry magazine and a far-reaching community of chemistry teachers and trainee teachers with whom you can share ideas.


Before applying, you need to establish that you’re eligible for an RSC scholarship. You must:

  • have a minimum of a 2:2, or be predicted to achieve a 2:2 and be set to graduate by August 2017
  • have a degree that is at least half chemistry (or be looking to complete a chemistry subject knowledge enhancement course as part of your teacher training)

For the full list of eligibility requirements, visit the RSC website.

How to apply

To apply you’ll need to complete an online application through the RSC website.

This includes writing a personal statement and completing a multiple choice chemistry knowledge test. If your online application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an assessment day in London. This will involve an interview, a group task and a chemistry knowledge test.

If you successfully secure a scholarship, you will be informed by the RSC directly. If your application is unsuccessful, you will still be eligible for a bursary – visit the chemistry funding page to find out more.

Upcoming events

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Train to Teach University of Cumbria

22 June 2017 15:00

This event in Lancaster will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.


Preparing for your teacher training

05 June 2017 18:30

Have you accepted a teacher training place for September 2017? Join us to find out how you can prepare for the best possible start.

Advice for First and Second Year Undergraduates

12 June 2017 18:30

This online event is for first and second year university students interested in teaching. Find out what you can do now that will help you make a great application for teacher training.

Support with your application

19 June 2017 18:30

This online event will provide hints and tips on how to draft a great personal statement.