Travel Grants for PhD Students and Early Career Scientists


You may also be interested in our Grants for Carers, which provides funds to cover additional costs that you may incur paying for care that you usually provide. Applicants to our Travel Grants may also apply to the Grants for Carers for the same meeting.

We are keen to support participation by PhD students and early career scientists (<10 years post-PhD or leaving full time education) in scientific conferences and workshops. Our Travel Grants for PhD Students and Early Career Scientists give two options for our members to fund their travels...

(Please note that these grants are intended for travel only and applicants should not apply for conference registration, subsistence or accommodation expenses)


Non-competitive grants - for those attending RSC meetings


Members travelling to attend RSC-run conferences or workshops may be entitled to a non-competitive grant of up to 200.

These grants support member attendance at RSC-run conferences and eligible applications are not competitively judged. Instead, grants are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

The upcoming meetings that are supported through this grant are:

Meeting nameApplication deadline
Luminescent silicon nanostructures Faraday Discussion31 December 2019
Chemistry of 2-dimensional materials: beyond graphene Faraday Discussion31 January 2020
Faraday joint interest group conference 202029 February 2020
Dalton 202029 February 2020
Reaction mechanisms in catalysis Faraday Discussion29 February 2020
Chemical biology symposium31 March 2020
Cooperative phenomena in framework materials Faraday Discussion31 March 2020
Directing Biosynthesis VI30 April 2020
Biological and bio-inspired optics Faraday Discussion31 May 2020
New horizons in density functional theory Faraday Discussion30 June 2020
Peptide-membrane interactions Faraday Discussion30 June 2020
Air quality in megacities Faraday Discussion30 September 2020

Please ensure that the last day of the month of your submission is at least 8 weeks before the start of your meeting. We reserve the right to reject any applications that do not meet this condition. For a full list of eligibility criteria, please see the application form using the link below.


Competitive grants - for all events


Members may also apply to their Division (excluding the Industry and Technology Division) for a competitive grant to support their participation at any scientific conference or workshop anywhere in the world.

Grants are available to cover domestic (up to 200), continental (up to 400) and intercontinental (up to 800) travel.

To check your Division membership, or to join a Division, please email the Membership Department, providing your membership number. Applicants must be a member of the Division they nominate in their application.

We process applications on a monthly basis, so the deadline for each "round" is the last day of each month. We recommend you submit your application as soon as possible. In particular, please ensure the last day of your submission month is more than eight weeks before your meeting. We will be unable to consider your application if this condition is not met.


How to Apply

Please follow the links below to apply. Please read the terms & conditions carefully before completing the form. We process applications on a monthly basis, so the deadline for each "round" is the last day of each month. You can expect to receive a decision within eight weeks from the end of your month of application.

Related Links

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Please read the terms of application carefully.

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Please read the terms of application carefully


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Contact and Further Information

RSC Funding
Royal Society of Chemistry, Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0)1223 432143





Membership Department
Thomas Graham House, Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge, CB4 0WF
Tel: +44 (0) 1223 432 141