How do I apply?
Step one – submit your application
You can apply before or after you have secured your teacher training place but we strongly recommend you submit your application as soon as possible.
Before you start your application form, we recommend you read our advice to applicants.
Applicants will need to complete our online application, which requires
- personal details, including academic background and qualification
- details of a referee who we can contact about your:
- understanding of chemistry
- ability to explain chemistry ideas clearly
- interest in and commitment to education/teaching
- personal attributes that will make you a good classroom teacher and manager
- a personal statement that demonstrates why you think you should be awarded a Royal Society of Chemistry Teacher Training Scholarship (1000 words max). Please give examples, and refer back to the 'what do we look for in candidates' section, when writing your statement. You must cover:
- why you want to be a chemistry teacher
- what skills and experience you have that would make you an exceptional chemistry teacher
- what experience you have with school-age young people.
- how you think the Royal Society of Chemistry scholarship will benefit you
- a chemistry knowledge test with 15 multiple choice questions. You must pass this test to be considered for an assessment day
For applicants with an international degree, you will also need to upload documentary evidence from UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) confirming the degree is comparable to a UK Bachelor's degree. Guidance is available from the DfE’s helpline on 0800 389 2500.
The application process takes around 60–90 minutes to complete and can only be received through the online application form. Please do not submit your application via a paper copy or email.
Step two – attend an assessment day
Online applications will be shortlisted and successful candidates will be invited to attend one of our assessment days which will be held in London between February and August 2020.
The assessment days consist of:
- a 30-minute individual interview
- a 30-minute group exercise
- a 60-minute chemistry knowledge test.
If you are successful in securing a scholarship, you will be notified as soon as possible after the assessment day.
Whether you’re applying for a Scholarship or a teacher training place, you’ll find helpful information in our advice to applicants.