How to apply and application deadlines
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 2021/22.
Step one – submit your application
Applicants will need to complete our online application, which requires:
- personal details, including academic background and qualification.
- contact details for someone who has agreed to providing 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 the 'what we look for in 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 check 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.
Step two – online knowledge test and interview
Online applications will be shortlisted and successful candidates will be invited to complete an in-depth online subject knowledge test. Questions are written in exam format and cover topics generally taught at GCSE and A-level in England. Those who pass the test will then be invited to an online interview.
When are the deadlines?
There are regular deadlines to apply each month from January to July.
Our next application deadline is: Sunday 28 February 2021
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.