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Helping you train to teach physics

Institute of Physics
£30,000 tax-free funding
Posting live until
28 May 2024

Job Details

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.

The 17th of June is the final closure for international applicants. The final closure date for those based in the UK is the 15th of July.

To find out more about a our Teacher Training Scholarship programme, click here to read our careers article on Physics World.


  1. What was your main reason for applying for the scholarship programme?
    I was one of only a very small number of students on my undergraduate course who were considering a career in teaching, and wanted to take my love of physics into the classroom. Becoming an IOP Physics Scholar gave me the opportunity to not only access a wide range of resources and CPD sessions to improve my teaching, but also made me a part of a large and diverse community which has been invaluable.
  2. What tips would you give to those about to begin their application online?
    Think about why you love physics, and why you want to become a teacher, and the personal statement will write itself! Beyond that, just get started, and get the application in as early as possible – life gets inexplicably and exponentially busier as the academic year progresses.
  3. What are the top 3 most effective aspects of the CPD sessions, part of the benefits of being an IOP scholar?
    Firstly, the practical teaching advice from the experts who lead the sessions, particularly in relation to reaching those who think physics is “not for them” – I consider this regularly when planning lessons, and it has made a huge difference.
    Secondly, the subject knowledge sessions have helped me to feel more confident in explaining physics concepts to pupils; it was beneficial to hear how different people explain things, and to pick up on phrasings which have made my teaching clearer and more succinct. Thirdly, the opportunity to network with other physics teachers in my local area, and to share best practice. Each school has its own unique way of approaching physics teaching, and only by coming together to discuss our teaching can we all learn from each other and ensure that we continue to improve.
  4. What is the best thing about being a teacher?
    The best thing about being a teacher is building relationships with my students. Yes, it’s fantastic when they complete a complicated practical, or score highly in an exam, but fostering relationships which encourage pupils to have the confidence to try, even when they find things difficult, is so rewarding. The students make every day different, and bring such vibrancy to the classroom; I can’t imagine loving another job more than I love teaching.



IOP profile imageThe Institute of Physics (IOP) is the professional body and learned society for physics in the UK and Ireland. We seek to raise public awareness and understanding of physics and support the development of a diverse and inclusive physics community. As a charity, we’re here to ensure that physics delivers on its exceptional potential to benefit society.

Why work for us
As a society we face an unprecedented array of challenges. Globally, we need to address a changing climate and a growing population, to decarbonize economies, improve healthcare and ensure water, food and energy supplies. Domestically, we need to develop the next generation of industries to create jobs and improve productivity to safeguard citizens’ futures.

Physics has a vital role to play in tackling these issues and helping make the UK and Ireland fit for a new industrial era of science, technology and engineering.

There’s never been a more exciting time to join the IOP. We have an ambitious new corporate strategy “Unlocking the Future”, that seeks to address these challenges, and you’ll play a part in helping us to deliver it.

You’ll work from our new flagship King’s Cross offices. As well as a competitive salary and professional development opportunities, we offer employees a comprehensive benefits package including an excellent pension scheme, private medical insurance and generous annual leave. We also offer a range of other benefits including childcare vouchers, gym membership and interest-free season ticket loans.

Training and development
We really value our people and recognize the importance of a highly skilled and motivated workforce. We’re committed to providing high-quality training and development opportunities that help support your future career ambitions. As every employee has different needs, we vary programmes to suit you. This includes structured training, external training sessions for groups and individuals, in-house group training, on-the-job training, lunch and learns, and much more.

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