Chemistry Teacher Training Scholarships - Nationwide

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If you’re passionate about chemistry and inspiring the next generation then we would love to help you on your way to becoming an inspirational chemistry teacher. One way that we are doing that is awarding £28,000 tax-free funding to talented individuals entering chemistry teacher training in England.

Teaching is an exciting, challenging and hugely rewarding career. No two days will ever be the same, but every day you’ll be sharing your passion for science and making a real difference to children and young people. It won’t always be easy, your patience and determination will both be tested, but if you become one of our scholars then we will support you through your training and beyond, with a range of fantastic benefits, as you grow into the excellent teacher we believe you can become.

We are offering up to 130 Teacher Training Scholarships to the very best graduates entering chemistry teacher training in September 2020.

In addition to £28,000 tax-free funding from the Department of Education each of our scholars also receives:

  • Mentoring by an expert chemistry teacher
  • Free classroom materials including books, posters and a lab coat
  • chemistry specific training meetings with other scholars
  • free online courses on key concepts in teaching chemistry
  • opportunities to engage with the Royal Society of Chemistry beyond the scholarship year

They also get free membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry for two years, which includes:

  • Education in Chemistry bimonthly magazine, with news, reviews and opinions written by teachers for teachers
  • Access to Talk Chemistry, our online forum for teachers to share lesson plans, innovative resources and teaching ideas
  • Access to national and regional networks for chemistry teachers and trainee teachers
  • Up to a third off books from top scientific publishers.

In addition to all of the above, any chemistry teacher starting Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in 2020/21 will receive three early-career payments of £2,000 each (or £3,000 each, if teaching in local authority areas identified as having high need for teachers) in their second, third and fourth years of teaching.

Scholarships are available to graduates with at least a 2.2 degree and an excellent understanding of chemistry at school level. They will be awarded to talented individuals who impress us during a two-step application process. If you are not sure that you have suitable subject knowledge to apply for secondary chemistry teacher training in England, you might be able to improve your knowledge through a Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) course. You can find out more about SKE courses by visiting

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 apply please check that you match our eligibility criteria. Applications will close on 26 July 2020. We run a rolling application process, with application deadlines staggered throughout the academic year.

COVID-19 update - We are still actively recruiting for our Teacher Training Scholarships. Please be assured you will not be required to attend an in-person assessment centre. Our assessment centre process, for shortlisted applications, will be conducted remotely until further notice.


Royal Society of Chemistry

The world’s leading chemistry community, is committed to advancing excellence in the chemical sciences because of its belief in the fundamental importance of chemistry for life, society and the world

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