IOP Teacher Training Scholarships

London (UK)
30 Nov 2021
10 Jan 2022

Helping you train to teach physics

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 £26,000 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 £26,000 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
  •  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, with a first, 2:1, master’s or PhD degree. In exceptional circumstances, applicants with a 2:2 and significant relevant experience will be considered.  A physics A-level or equivalent (grade C or above) is desirable.

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.

To become an IOP Scholar, you need to secure a place on a non-salaried teacher training course in England by September 2022 and you must be entitled to support under the Student Finance England criteria.

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.

Get into Teaching Physics Webinar

Join us online as we talk you through the practical steps into teaching. 

Day in the Life of a Physics Teacher Webinar

Hear from current physics teachers as they give you an insight into what it’s like to teach physics in the classroom.

Application deadline

10 January 2022 [Round 2]

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