Fellow (FInstP)

A mark of peer esteem. A sign of significant contributions to physics. A demonstration of impact on your field.
Fellowship of the IOP indicates a very high level of achievement in physics and a significant contribution to the profession.

As a fellow of the IOP you can enjoy the full range of member benefits:

Get involved

Receive recognition

Stay connected

  • Get the latest physics news delivered to your door, mobile device or desktop every month with Physics World magazine
  • Interact with professionals through the members only LinkedIn group
  • Create your own @physics.org forwarding email address

In addition, fellows have the opportunity to:

  • Hire academic dress (email member.services@iop.org)
  • Network with other senior fellows


Fellowship costs £141 a year. There is no application fee. Visit our membership rates page for full details.

How to apply

Applications for fellowship are submitted online. You can apply at any time because applications are peer-assessed throughout the year. Before you submit your application, please read the application guidelines carefully to make sure you meet the eligibility criteria. You may also find it helpful to read the choosing your supporters guide to prevent any delays in your application being processed.

Additionally, you can nominate someone other than yourself for fellowship by emailing fellowship.nominations@iop.org. Please supply biographical information if possible.

Further information

For further information about the entry requirements, how to apply and frequently asked questions, watch this webinar hosted by Stephanie Richardson, the IOP’s head of professional recognition and progression. 

If you still have unanswered questions, or if you would like a paper application form, please email fellowship@iop.org.

Still unsure if fellowship is for you? You might be surprised by the variety of professions our fellows work in. Some fellows would not consider themselves practising physicists but have reached a level of seniority within their chosen field. Read their profiles to find out why they applied for fellowship.

Finally, should your application for fellowship be unsuccessful, you might be eligible for appeal. Find out more here.