If you have a passion for chemistry and want to inspire the next generation of scientists, then a teacher training scholarship from the Royal Society of Chemistry can help you on your way.
This year we are awarding £29,000 tax-free funding to up to 150 talented individuals entering chemistry teacher training in England in the 2023/24 academic year.
Our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Scholarship scheme is run in partnership with the Department for Education.
Hear from scholars, mentors and our team
Watch our short video and find out about the scholarship scheme and a whole host of benefits that comes with it. Hear what previous scholars and mentors have to say and find out what support is provided.
What two of our recent scholars had to say:Read here
The scholarship offers you 1-2-1 support from the dedicated expert and subject specialist within your field. This is something you don't get on training programmes elsewhere.
It’s really improved the future of my career, helping me to understand exactly what I need to be doing as a teacher and supporting me in my development.
The benefits of a scholarship from RSC
As an RSC scholar, you’ll receive both financial and practical support to help you make the most of your studies and thrive in your career. Benefits include:
- £29,000 tax-free funding from the Department for Education
- free classroom materials including books, posters and a lab coat
- mentoring by an expert chemistry teacher
- programme of Professional Development events (covering hands-on practical training)
- free online courses on key concepts in teaching chemistry
- networking opportunities with the scholar community
- 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 national and regional networks for chemistry teachers and trainee teachers
- up to a third off books from top scientific publishers
- assistance if you need it from our Chemists' Community Fund
What we look for in candidates
Throughout the application process, we look for the following in candidates:
- an excellent understanding of chemistry
- an appreciation of the importance of chemistry education for learners and society
- a realistic understanding of teaching as a career
- a willingness to engage in reflective professional development
- a committed intention to teach in state-funded schools in England, once qualified
- effective interpersonal skills (including communication and skills for productive working relationships)
- the empathy, respect and humility needed to relate well to pupils, colleagues and parents/guardians
- an ability to explain complex chemistry ideas effectively for secondary school pupils
- an ability to inspire secondary school pupils to take an interest in chemistry.
Eligibility and application advice
Find out if you are eligible for our scholarship and read our advice for applicants.
The Royal Society of Chemistry teacher training scholarship scheme is a government-funded financial incentive to train to teach in England. Applicants must meet the bursary eligibility criteria as set out in the Department for Education’s Teaching and Leadership’s bursary guidance:
- intend to take up a training place on a fee-based (non-salaried) secondary teaching course that leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (pre-16), to receive scholarship funding and you are not eligible for funding if you plan to take up a place on a QTLS course
- Find a Chemistry ITT course in England for the 2023/24 academic year
- hold chemistry or related degree with a proven or predicted grade of 2:1 or above, in exceptional circumstances we may consider graduates with a 2:2 and significant relevant experience.
- be classified as a 'home fee' student. The Royal Society of Chemistry teacher training scholarship scheme is a government-funded financial incentive to train to teach in England. Students with an 'overseas fee' status are not eligible to apply.
- be a student eligible to receive grants and loans towards tuition fees or living costs as set out in the Education (Student Support) Regulations 2011.
- have not previously applied for a scholarship in the same academic year.
Please also visit Get Into Teaching for more information and read the full details of eligibility for scholarships.
- We welcome applications from those exploring a career change, as we believe your experiences since graduating could be valuable to becoming a teacher.
- We strongly recommend that you practice for the chemistry test before you start the application process. You can find practice tests online for both pre-16 and post-16.
- Use the DfE ‘find’ tool to identify all chemistry teacher training providers in your part of England.
- Register with Get into Teaching to find out more about the different teacher training options.
Applicants will only be eligible for an ITT bursary or scholarship if they’re entitled to ‘home fee’ status and financial support under the student finance criteria. EU nationals resident in the UK before the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020, and who qualify for pre-settled status or settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, will continue to be eligible for home fee status, student financial support and ITT bursaries/scholarships on a similar basis to domestic students, subject to meeting the usual residence requirements. You can contact Student Finance England to check your eligibility.
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How to apply
Applying for a scholarship from RSC is straightforward, and we offer lots of help and advice along the way. Before you begin, we recommend you read our advice to applicants.
You can apply for our scholarship before or after you have secured your teacher training place but we strongly recommend you submit your application as soon as possible. Please note that the RSC is not an ITT provider and receiving the RSC scholarship does not secure you a place with a teacher training provider. It is your responsibility to secure a training place on an eligible course. You can search all available courses in England using the find postgraduate teacher training GOV.UK service, but note that only non-salaried courses leading to QTS are compatible with the RSC scholarship.
The number of training places available each year is limited and available places are expected to fill up well in advance of courses starting for the academic year 2023/24.
Please note that if you’re unsuccessful at any stage, you cannot reapply in the current application year.
Applicants will need to complete our online application, which requires:
- personal details, including academic background and qualification, and contact details for someone who has agreed to provide a reference for you
- 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 specific examples, and refer back to what we look for in the candidates' section. You will need to 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 people this could be through employment, voluntary work or hobbies
- how you think the Royal Society of Chemistry scholarship will benefit you
- a chemistry subject knowledge checks with 15 multiple-choice questions.
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.
Online applications will be shortlisted and invited to complete an in-depth online subject knowledge test. Questions are written in the exam format and cover topics generally taught at GCSE and A-level in England.
Successful candidates will then be invited to an online interview.
There are regular deadlines to apply each month from January to July.
The number of scholarships is limited. We will close the application process when we have reached capacity, so we advise you to complete your scholarship application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
*Please note that if you’re unsuccessful at any stage, you cannot reapply in the current application year
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Our 2023 webinar recording has information about secondary chemistry teaching in England and discusses the Royal Society of Chemistry’s teacher training scholarship.
NB: There will be regular deadlines to apply each month from January to July 2023. Please note that we have a limited number of scholarships to award and we will close the application process when we have reached capacity, so apply early to avoid disappointment
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