I decided to apply for fellowship because I’ve always been very impressed by the IOP’s role as a global society related to physics, and wanted to be more active in correlated academic activities. Also, in my career I need qualifications from academically authoritative organisations.
The advantages of being a fellow are multiple. Fellowship is the highest membership of IOP and it means recognition from peers. And one can benefit from the global network of the IOP.
Impact at work
I think fellowship should have some positive impact in the workplace and among peers. Fellow of IOP is the senior grade of membership, for those who have made a significant contribution to their profession. With such a title, I believe that further progression in my career will be firmly supported.
In terms of the application process, I think applicants for fellowship may have some problems on the self-evaluation of their contribution to physics. Since this is very important, I’d suggest applicants ask for an evaluation from fellows in their field before they make the decision. Also, applicants should prepare their documents very carefully, and give supporting materials.
Feng Chen, 36, received his bachelor's degree and doctorate from Shandong Normal University in 1997 and Shandong University in 2002 respectively. After his doctorate, he stayed at Shandong University as a lecturer, then spent two years working on optical solitons at Clausthal University of Technology, Germany. He became an associate professor and professor at Shandong University in 2004 and 2006 respectively.