Potential teachers have extended time to apply for £25,000 scholarships

25 June 2015

People who plan to teach physics can still apply for IOP scholarships worth up to £25,000 as the Institute has extended the deadline for applications until 2 August.


Those who gain an IOP Teacher Training Scholarship 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, and 150 are available for prospective teachers of physics in England for the 2015-16 academic year.

The scholars will also have the chance to go on “supertrips” – visits to places of interest to physics teachers that are designed to demonstrate how they could deliver an educational trip to that venue with their future pupils. The programme offered to the 2014-15 scholars has included several “supertrips” – so far in 2015, scholars have visited Jodrell Bank, the National Space Centre, Charterhouse School and Woolsthorpe Manor – the birthplace and home of Sir Isaac Newton.

There will also be the chance to take part in masterclasses – small workshops run by expert teachers that introduce physics teaching ideas beyond the basics. This year’s masterclasses have included workshops on data-handling, writing resources and particle detectors.

The IOP scheme is now in its fourth year, including a successful pilot year. The Institute launched the current round of IOP Teacher Training Scholarships in autumn 2014, with an original deadline of 29 June, which has moved to 2 August to enable a larger number of people to apply.

Applicants must have or be predicted to gain a first or upper second degree, or a master’s or a PhD, in any physics-related subject, or they must complete a subject knowledge enhancement course for physics by the time that they start training. Candidates must also secure a place on an eligible university-led or school-led physics teacher training course. 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.