RSC Teacher Training Scholarship

Royal Society of Chemistry

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Grant amount: £28,000

Next deadline: Mar 1, 2020

Later deadlines: Apr 1, 2020, May 4, 2020, May 31, 2020, Jun 20, 2020, Jul 26, 2020, Feb 2, 2021

Applicant type: Graduate Student Undergraduate Student

Funding uses: Scholarship

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United Kingdom

Minimum GPA: 2.2

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About this funder:



Note: We run a rolling application process, however 26 July is the final date for applications for the next academic year.

We are awarding £28,000 tax-free funding to 130 talented individuals entering chemistry teacher training in England in the 2020/21 academic year. 

Our Initial Teacher Training Scholarship scheme is run in partnership with the Department of Education.

  • Our scholars receive:
    • £28,000 tax-free funding from the Department for Education
    • free classroom materials including books, posters and a lab coat
    • mentoring by an expert chemistry teacher
    • chemistry specific training meetings with other scholars
    • free online courses on key concepts in teaching chemistry
    • opportunities to engage with the Royal Society of Chemistry beyond the scholarship year
  • Our scholars also get free membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry for two years. This includes:
    • Education in Chemistry bimonthly magazine, with news, reviews and opinions written by teachers for teachers; 
    • access to Talk Chemistry, our online forum for teachers to share lesson plans, innovative resources and teaching ideas; 
    • access to national and regional networks for chemistry teachers and trainee teachers; and
    • up to a third off books from top scientific publishers.

In addition to all of the above, any chemistry teacher starting Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in 2020/21 will be eligible to receive three early-career payments of £2,000 each (or £3,000 each, if teaching in local authority areas identified as having high need for teachers) in their second, third and fourth years of teaching.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Carefully read the following eligibility criteria before applying for a scholarship. Applicants must:
    • Intend to take up a training place at an institution accredited by the DfE as an ITT provider.
    • Meet the bursary eligibility criteria as set out in the DfE’s bursary guidance
      • Be eligible for ‘Home’ tuition fees, rather than ‘Overseas’ tuition fees. Refer to the UKCISA website for full details
      • Be eligible for a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company
    • Have no previous application for the scholarship in the same academic year
    • Have either:
      • a proven or predicted 2:1 or above in chemistry or a related degree
      • or a proven or predicated 2:2 in chemistry or a related degree and can also demonstrate significant subject knowledge (e.g. through your previous employment, a relevant postgraduate degree, or by demonstrating that you will have completed a subject knowledge enhancement course in chemistry before September 2020)
  • Please also visit Get Into Teaching for more information and read the full details of eligibility for scholarships here.
  • Update on EU nationals
    • On 28 May 2019, the Department for Education announced guarantees on student finance for EU nationals, including for ITT Trainees. These guarantees are not altered if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. ITT Trainees who are EU nationals, and who start a course in England in the 2020/21 academic year or before, will continue to be eligible for ‘home fee’ status and student finance support from Student Finance England for the duration of their course, provided they meet the residency requirement.