Catalyst fund

Catalysing job applications from women in the chemical sciences.

The goal of the ED&I ‘Catalyst Fund’ is to stimulate applications from women into PhD, postdoctoral and independent research fellow positions by providing an opportunity to visit our School of Chemistry prior to a job application. These monies have been made available via the award of an Inclusion and Diversity grant from the RSC.

These first-hand experiences are intended to encourage talented women to pursue continuing their academic careers in the chemical sciences, and for us to demonstrate to prospective candidates that the School of Chemistry at Bristol is an excellent and supportive environment to grow their careers.

The Catalyst Fund can be used to support the visit of prospective woman candidates for job openings within the School for up to £500. The monies can be used to cover expenses associated to travel, accommodation for one night, and costs associated to childcare if required.

To request monies from the Catalyst Fund, please fill in the following (short) form: These will be reviewed within 1 week of submission and the outcome relayed to the potential UoB host.

Expenses will be refunded to the prospective candidate via a non-staff expense claim following their visit.

For any questions related to the Catalyst Fund, please feel contact Basile Curchod.

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Please note the School of Chemistry Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee meets six times a year. If you have any questions concerning EDI or anything you would like to raise with the committee please email

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