Chemistry scholarships

Applications for a chemistry scholarship for September 2020 will open on 31 October 2019. 

If you are passionate about chemistry and inspiring the next generation, you could be eligible for a generous tax-free scholarship. If the Royal Society of Chemistry awards you a scholarship, you are guaranteed £28,000 - that is £2,000 more than a bursary, to support you throughout your teacher training year. If you're eligible for a scholarship, you could also receive early-career payments totalling £6,000 once in teaching - that's a total of £34,000 to teach chemistry.

You will also get free classroom materials, support from an expert chemistry mentor and free online and face to face continuing professional development (CPD) courses. 

In addition, you will 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 in a chemistry or related degree
  • if your degree has less than 50% chemistry content, you'll need to have completed a chemistry subject knowledge enhancement course or hold a relevant PhD or Master’s degree.

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. Remember to register with us for support with your preparation for your scholarship and teacher training application.

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

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