Support Oxford Chemistry students

We are deeply committed to providing the best possible education and training for the brightest, most passionate young scientists, regardless of background. Those who will in the future make transformational discoveries, become leaders in their sectors, inform policy, and share their knowledge with the world. 

There are about 480 DPhil students in the Department, and they form the backbone of Oxford Chemistry; driving forward innovative research and contributing to flagship projects in their groups. It is critically important that we are able to attract the very best students and early-career researchers. However, a lack of available funding prevents some talented individuals from pursing their research here. 

Centenary Campaign

In 2020, to celebrate 100 years since the completion of the first DPhil in Oxford Chemistry, we launched our Centenary Campaign in order to build up more support for student researchers than ever before. Our ambition is to be able to proactively support outstanding chemists and to ensure that they are able to continue their research, without the worries of uncertain and unavailable funding. 

By contributing to our strategic Centenary Fund, you will help spark curiosity in the brightest young scientists, and help give them the tools they need to explore questions at the most fundamental level. Your support could catalyse potentially life-changing research in the Department, and help us positively impact society more rapidly. 

Please click here to make a gift to support Oxford Chemistry students, or contact Jane Rice ( to learn more about the impact of gifts of every size and philanthropic partnerships on chemistry students and their research. 

I was provided with the skills and freedom needed to pursue curiosities without constraint. I spent my formative years in Oxford and devoted my career to chemistry, and cannot stress enough the monumental potential for life-changing discoveries in fundamental science. Research students are critical drivers of this work, and Oxford provides a unique environment for them to explore radical concepts that could one day change the world. - Professor M. Stanley Whittingham (New College 1961), one of the three winners of the 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contributions to the development of the Lithium-ion battery