Prospective teachers can apply for IOP scholarships of up to £25,000

25 September 2014

Scholarships worth up to £25,000 for prospective teachers of physics are being offered again this year through a partnership between the IOP and the Department for Education (DfE).

IOP scholarships

The IOP Teacher Training Scholarships are available for up to 150 prospective teachers in England to receive financial backing during their training as well as mentoring, support and free membership of the IOP for their training period as part of a network of IOP scholars. The scholarships are run by the IOP through a competitive process and funded by the DfE. The IOP has been running the scheme for three years, including a successful pilot in the first year.

Applicants for a scholarship must have or be predicted to gain a first or upper second degree in any physics-related subject, or they must complete a subject knowledge enhancement course for physics by the time that they start training. Those selected must also secure a place to take a physics university-led, or non-salaried school-led, course starting in the 2015-16 academic year. Those applying can be final-year undergraduates, recent graduates or people who obtained their degree some time ago.

To apply, candidates must complete an online application form. Those shortlisted will attend an assessment day at which they will take part in a series of interviews and group activities and be tested on their physics knowledge. The deadline for submitting the form is 3 November.

Separately from the IOP Teacher Training Scholarships, the DfE is also offering bursaries of £25,000 for prospective physics teachers with a first or upper second degree, £15,000 for those with a lower second and £9000 for those with a degree classification lower than this but with a B grade or better at physics A-level

The IOP’s president, Frances Saunders said: “Physics teachers play a vital role in ensuring that school students have the knowledge and skills necessary to take on the challenges of the 21st Century. We’re delighted that the government continues to provide this support to help us to recruit the best future physics teachers; teachers who will provide excellent physics education for generations to come.”

To learn more about IOP Teacher Training Scholarships, and to apply, click here.

  • The IOP held a reception on 2 September to celebrate its current Teacher Training Scholars. Read more here.