Chemistry Education: Activating Research

The Chemistry Education: Activating Research bursary has been extended to enable members in schools and colleges to apply

This Education Division scheme assists members of the Royal Society of Chemistry to activate and energise their research in the field of chemical education. Bursaries are available for attendance at international conferences and arranging collaboration with established researchers with a focus on learning and teaching.

Guidelines for applicants

To be eligible, you must be:

  • A member of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
  • Employed at a school, college or university. PhD student are not eligible.
  • In the early stages of a career in pedagogical research in the chemical sciences. Early career in this context is not related to an applicant’s age or length of service. Education Division recognise that applicants may have established careers in teaching or other fields, and still be early in their pedagogical research careers.
  • Attending a conference or event primarily concerned with research in chemistry education. Applications to attend more general chemistry/education conferences will only be considered if there is a significant chemistry education theme within the conference.
  • Able to provide a report of your key findings that are relevant to your research within 6 weeks of your return home (1000 words max).


  • The maximum amount of funding per applicant is £1,500 to cover travel, accommodation, registration, subsistence or other costs that may be incurred by you or your employer as a consequence of your attendance. This can include cover teaching and carer costs (both childcare and the care of adult dependents).   

  • The bursary will be paid in two stages: travel and registration fee on confirmation of the award, and the remainder on submission of the report. 


A limited number of bursaries are available. The following will be considered during the selection process:

  • The strength of the application, particularly the impact of attendance on the individual, and dissemination plans.

  • Diversity of applications received, e.g. we will not award the bursaries to more than one person at any institution in a given academic year.

  • Bursaries are limited to one per person during their career.


Process and Timelines

Please complete and return the application form. There will be termly deadlines:  

  • 28 February 2020 
  • 05 June 2020
  • 06 November 2020   

Applicants will be informed of the outcome within 4 weeks.

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Contact and Further Information

Education Department
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF