Early Career Researchers Fund

The Institute of Physics provides financial support to early career researchers to attend international meetings and visit international facilities.*

The Institute of Physics supports and champions careers for physicists in industry and academia by providing opportunities for them to broaden their professional development and maximise their potential, particularly in their early career.

Am I eligible?

For the purpose of this fund, an early career researcher is defined as an individual within three years of beginning their first paid contract of employment in industry or academia, either full-time or part-time, where research and/or the application of physics is the primary function of their role. This excludes any career breaks.

Eligible applicants must be a Member of the Institute and at least one of its special interest Groups. The Institute of Physics (IOP) handles the application process but it is the relevant IOP group that makes the decision on whether to award the bursary, and its value. Any application must show the relevance to the Group in which the early career researcher is a member.

Early career researchers in industry must secure funding from their employer or a third party to match the value of the bursary.

What is the bursary worth?

Early career researchers may apply for up to £300.

Groups have limited funds to award bursaries and so applicants may not receive the full amount they have requested. If the full amount is not awarded, researchers may apply again to receive further support for a different conference or visit until they reach £300 overall in any one calendar year.

Note that grants will normally cover only part of the expenses incurred in attending a conference or visiting a facility and are intended to supplement grants from other sources.

How can I apply?

Please complete and return the application form.

Applications are considered on a quarterly basis and should reach the Institute by 1 March, 1 June, 1 September or 1 December. A decision will be made within eight weeks of the closing date. Your application must reach us by the deadline, which is at least three months before the visit, event or conference you wish to attend. For example, for an event taking place in July, your application should reach us by 1 March. We strongly recommend that you submit your application early.

All recipients are asked to produce a report on return from their conference or visit before receiving payment.

For further information please contact supportandgrants@iop.org.

*Bursaries can be considered for international IOP organised events but are not available for meetings organised by IOP Groups as these are already subsidised by the Institute directly via Groups.

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