Travel Grants for PhD Students and Early Career Scientists


1. Terms of application

These grants are processed and assessed on a monthly basis so please ensure that you complete and submit your application by midnight (UK time) on the last day of each calendar month. In addition, the first three working days of each calendar month are reserved for maintenance work on the scheme. You will be unable to start, continue or submit an application.

Please note that all incomplete applications will be deleted at the beginning of every month.
Please read carefully before beginning your application.
  1. Applicants must be a member (of any level) of the Royal Society of Chemistry at the time of application.
  2. Applicants must be members of the Division to which they apply. You can check your membership status or join a Division by emailing
  3. Applications must only claim for travel expenses. Applications with claims for accommodation, subsistence and registration fees will not be considered.
  4. Applicants may only apply to one Division per application.
  5. Applicants can only have one active application (including the non-competitive grant) at a time.
  6. Grants are available to PhD students, academic researchers within 10 years of completion of a PhD, members working in industry within 10 years of leaving full time education and technicians within 10 years of leaving full time education. Restrictions exclude time for career breaks, parental leave, etc.
  7. Each member can be awarded one grant per calendar year. This does not preclude you from also receiving a non-competitive Travel Grant in the same calendar year. These, however, must be for different events. Please note that applications submitted in December will count towards the next calendar year, as decisions will only be made in January.
  8. The conference or workshop applied for may be run by the RSC or by another organisation.
  9. The conference or workshop should be linked to the applicant's research area or provide a credible opportunity for the applicant to move into another research area or develop a multi-disciplinary project.
  10. The applicant should submit their oral or poster abstract(s) as part of their application. Applicants who do not intend to present (or if there is no opportunity to do so at their meeting) may still apply, but must explain why they are attending this specific meeting and what they intend to gain from the experience.
  11. The participant should acknowledge support from the relevant RSC Division in their presentation.
  12. We request that, where relevant, a letter of support from the applicant's supervisor be included as part of the application.
  13. Money will be paid on successful application. Any unused funds remaining after conclusion of the activity should be returned to the Division.
  14. We request a brief report be submitted after the conference, outlining the benefits to you from participation in the meeting.
  15. Applications whose month of application is within eight weeks of the start of the meeting will not be considered.
  16. Applicants may only receive one grant from the RSC per activity. If you have already received funding from other RSC sources for the same activity, you must inform us immediately. This includes funding from Interest Groups. However, this does not include our Grants for Carers and applicants may receive both grants for the same trip.
  17. Applicants may resubmit an application only if an original application was rejected on eligibility and has not already been assessed by a judging panel.
  18. We request that travel expenses are minimised in any way you can. In particular, where possible use second class and cheap day return or other concessionary tickets.