Chemistry Grants

Posted on January 26, 2017 in Career Grants

Science is in demand as a field of study, with colleges, universities and research institutes vying for top talent in natural and applied science. Chemistry, along with biology, geology, genetics, physics, astronomy and several other sciences, fit into this category.

If you have skills and the desire to obtain a chemistry grant, many educational institutions are willing to pay for all or part of your education.

Chemistry grants may fall under the STEM (" Science, Technology, Engineering Mathematics” banner, so check out grants with this term on the name to find chemistry grants. You'll also want to look at any list of general science or environmental sciences grants, which may include environmental chemistry as a major or field of study.

Chemistry grants or scholarships (a type of grant) may be open to all chemistry students, low-income students or require applicants be part of a specific group (female, minority, a student of a particular college or resident of a particular state.) Other grants have certain conditions, such as working for the granting organization after your education is complete.

Merit-Based Grants

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation ( offers grants in applied sciences including chemistry, natural science or engineering. Students must be nominated by a member of their college’s faculty, and be a sophomore, junior, senior or grad student at the time of nomination, and at least a junior at the time the grant is presented. Students must attend one of these schools to be nominated.

The Gladys Carol Scholarship ( is open to high school seniors, high school graduates, college undergraduates and graduates students studying chemistry or other STEM subjects. This scholarship is based on both merit and financial need, and recipients get up to $5,000 toward their education. Students must have a GPA of 3.75 or higher and include a personal essay with their application.

Chemistry Grants for Minority Students, Women, and Other Specific Groups

Some chemistry grants are reserved for members of particular student groups. The American Foundation for the Blind ( ) offers for blind students in physical life sciences, computers, engineering or any STEM related discipline.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) provides undergraduate scholarships for minority chemistry and STEM students, including up to $45,000 for travel and research, plus two summer internships. Applicants must be in their second year at a four-year institution, a third-year student at a five-year school, or transferring to a two-year or five-year college. Students must have at least a 3.2 GPA.

The American Chemistry Society offers the ACS Scholars Program ( for African American, Hispanic or American Indian high school seniors planning to study a chemically related field in college. Undergraduates and two-year students already studying chemistry full-time are also eligible.

The Merck Index Women in Chemistry Scholarships ( awards five grants to women studying medicinal or synthetic organic chemistry in the U.S. or Canada. Applicants must be starting the first year of an organic chemistry Ph.D. program.

Chemistry Grants Related to a Specific State or College

The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium ( ) awards one-year scholarships to full-time undergraduate students studying chemistry or other STEM subjects at an accredited Pennsylvania college or university.

Texas A & M offers funds for qualified undergraduates in chemistry and other science majors. The Dr. George C. Bauer Memorial Scholarship is available to currently enrolled chemistry majors based on financial need only. There are no academic prerequisites.

Eastern Illinois University offers the Harris E. Phipps Chemistry Scholarship for incoming freshman or juniors with an excellent high school record and recommendation from high school or college chemistry teacher. Juniors must be nominated to be considered.

The Woodcock Family Education Scholarship Program is open to Albuquerque, New Mexico high school seniors with strong chemistry/science or math credentials. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.8, a teacher reference and a personal statement of career goals.

If you want to attend a particular college, check the grant and scholarship section of their website or talk to your college counselor to find any chemistry and STEM-related grants offered by the institution.

Grants for Future Chemistry Teachers

The American Chemistry Society offers undergraduate grants ( for chemistry majors who have an interest in teaching high school chemistry. You must be enrolled at one of the ACS's partner institutions to apply, and have at least a 3.0-grade point average.

Government Related Grants

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation ( (SMART) program is part of the National Defense Education Program. It accepts both graduate and undergraduate applicants in the sciences, including chemistry. Grant participants receive full tuition and related education fees, plus supplies and health insurance allowances. Applicants must be 18 years or older and willing to accept future employment with the Department of Defense.

Funded by the U.S. government, the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation offers grants to sophomores and juniors studying the natural sciences and related fields, including chemistry, engineering, and mathematics.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers funding for undergraduate and graduate students studying chemistry (or other science-related subjects) at various universities. The application methods vary according to the school and grant. Grant programs for chemistry students include “Integrated Science for Society” and “Research Experience for Undergraduates in Chemistry and Biochemistry."

Other Grants and Scholarships

This grant is different from the others mentioned in that it’s based on a research project, not on financial need or grades. The Siemens Foundation Competition in Math, Science, and Technology ( offers college scholarships up to $100,000 for high school students who submit individual or team research projects in science (including chemistry), math or technology.

You don't necessarily need to apply for a chemistry-related or general science grant to receive funds for your chemistry education. Low-income students can apply for a Pell Grant or other grants based solely on financial need, with no prerequisites regarding the field of study or academic achievement. General grants (without a stipulation on subject to be studied) for minority students or women, or general grants offered by particular states or colleges, may be used for chemistry studies.

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