Where to Get a Chemistry Grant
Aside from the federal grant programs such as the Pell Grant, the FSEOG or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant and the SMART or National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant that offer financial assistance applicable to students who might be interested in taking up courses in the chemical or chemistry disciplines, chemistry grants may also be availed from various organizations and associations that advocate these disciplines. These organizations offer grants not only focused on education or academic disciplines related to chemistry but also research and dissertation efforts that are part and parcel of the educational journey in the physical sciences. Such grants are accessible to students via the various colleges and universities particularly in the chemistry department so it would be a good idea to ask these departments or the financial aid offices of the schools you wish to enroll in for information on available chemistry grants.
The American Chemical Society (ACS) not only focuses on providing financial assistance to students who are interested in chemistry and chemistry related disciplines such as toxicology, chemical technology, chemical engineering and environmental science but they are, in fact, targeting the underrepresented minority students such as those with African-American, Native Americans and Hispanics or Latino ethnic backgrounds in their ACS Scholars Program. Aside from the standard eligibility parameters of financial need and minority status, they also look at career objectives, academic performance, leadership abilities and participation in school and community services. They also include research and internships in their programs.
The Beckham Scholars Program is another program that gives chemistry grants to deserving students in chemistry, biochemistry and the biological and medical sciences through accredited universities and 4-year colleges, providing financial aid not only for cost of education but for research training and personal development. The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation offers grants through a postdoctoral fellowship program in environmental chemistry. Another institution that offers Ph.D. fellowships in Chemistry is IBM. Other financial assistance programs are specific to students who are at least juniors in the field of chemistry (and mathematics and physics) with a GPA of at least 3.0 such as the Herbert T. Graham Scholarship Fund. The Carnegie Institution of Washington has summer internships for students pursuing degrees in various science disciplines including chemistry.
Several students with interests particularly in forensic chemical science may want to take advantage of chemistry grant type of financial assistance from scholarship programs of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors (ASCLD) and the Association of Firearm and Tool Marking Examiners (AFTE) valued at $1000 or the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scholarship funding geared at addressing chemical threats and explosive detection. Other funding sources for forensic chemistry students may be found in particular universities and colleges the ones offered by Sam Houston University in Texas, Western Illinois University and the MidAmerican Nazarene University in Kansas.
Chemistry grants are available in various other universities and colleges that offer chemistry courses and chemistry-related discipline courses. A simple internet search can get you more information on these grants.