As a leading scientific membership society, one of our core aims is to secure a flourishing future for physics.
To help us achieve this, we’re offering exceptional physics and engineering graduates £30,000 tax-free funding to support them into a career in teaching where they can inspire the next generation of physicists and pass on their passion for physics.
No single day in the classroom is the same. As a physics teacher, you’ll think on your feet and use your creativity to address new challenges and answer unique questions. You’ll help your students to better understand the world around them and give them the knowledge and confidence to pursue physics to A-level and beyond.
What’s in it for you?
In addition to £30,000 tax-free funding, you’ll become part of our community of scholars with access to:
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities with support from IOP and access to online workshops and events and skilled mentoring support;
- Online networking opportunities with fellow scholars;
- Free IOP membership throughout the teacher training year including access to Physics World publication, our exclusive Career Development Hub and member-led local branches and special interest groups.
Who we’re looking for:
We’re looking for graduates with an excellent academic record featuring a UK physics or related honours degree that can be a first or 2:1 at undergraduate level OR a master’s OR a PhD (proven or predicted). In exceptional circumstances, applicants with a 2:2 and significant relevant experience will be considered.
For degrees awarded in countries outside the UK, you will need to upload a statement of comparability from UK ENIC.
Your degree must be in physics or a related subject such as engineering or mathematics. Our scholarships will be awarded to the very best individuals who impress us with their academic record, physics subject knowledge and commitment to teaching, who demonstrate a passion for the subject with the ability to communicate clearly and inspire others. A core part of the Institute’s mission is to give all pupils access to specialist physics teachers. Pupils in low-socioeconomic areas tend to have limited access to specialist teaching, so we are encouraging IOP scholars to consider a role in such areas and we will provide extra mentoring support for those who choose to teach there.
To become an IOP Scholar, you need to secure a place on a non-salaried teacher training course in England by September 2024.
Watch our short film here. You will learn more about the scholarship programme and what it has to offer during your training year as well as hear about why teaching physics is a fantastic career choice.
Hear from one of our IOP scholars about the benefits of the scholarship programme.
How to apply
All applications are made online at this link.
Please read our eligibility criteria thoroughly before making your application.
If your online application is shortlisted, it will be reviewed by a panel of IOP staff including experienced physics teachers. You will also be asked to complete a further online subject knowledge test based on school-level physics up to and including A-level. Successfully passing this test, the receipt of a suitable reference and gaining a recommendation from the shortlisting panel will lead to a scholarship offer.
The IOP reserves the right to request candidates attend an online interview should the panel deem this necessary.