Royal Society of Chemistry
graduate scheme

Teacher Training Scholarships

Still recruiting throughout COVID‑19

Job description

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 £26,000 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 150 Teacher Training Scholarships to the very best graduates entering chemistry teacher training in September 2021.

In addition to £26,000 tax-free funding from the Department of Education each of our scholars also receives:

  • mentoring by an expert chemistry teacher
  • chemistry specific training meetings with other scholars
  • free classroom materials including books, posters and a lab coat
  • 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

For full details and to check whether you're eligible to apply, please see

What we are looking for

  • 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
* ‘An ability’ means our assessors are looking for the candidate to show some emerging skills in this area, and takes into account these will develop during the candidate’s teaching career
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. Find out more about SKE courses


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.

Accepted degree subjects

  • environmental science and ecology
  • pharmacy and pharmacology
  • health sciences
  • chemistry
  • chemical engineering

Additional job details

Number of vacancies
UK wide

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

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. Before you apply please check that you match our eligibility criteria

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 21 July 2021

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Closing date:  21 July 2021

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