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The Physics Benevolent Fund supports IOP and IPEM members facing financial hardship

13 October 2021

The Fund offers help to members of the Institute of Physics and the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine and their dependants following changes in circumstances.


Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts has led to significant changes in circumstances for many people, including those in the physics community, but financial help is available.

The Physics Benevolent Fund, an independent charity, has actively supported those who have been financially impacted by COVID-19.

The Fund exists to offer financial help during tough times – including, most recently, during a pandemic – and can assist individuals and their dependants hit by financial worries and difficulties brought on by a range of factors including unemployment, illness, and disability, or issues arising during PhD study.

The Fund also provides help for those affected by financial hardship in old age or experiencing unforeseen career breaks, or through carer support.

Professor Julian Jones OBE, Chair of the Physics Benevolent Fund, said: “The Physics Benevolent Fund is designed to provide vital support when you need it most, without judgement and with discretion.

“Over the years the Fund has helped many people in the physics community get back on their feet, and to relieve some of the stresses that financial hardship can bring. We want to make sure that the Fund is as inclusive as possible and that everyone in the physics community knows that its help is available to them.”

Applicants must be a member of the Institute of Physics, and/or a member of the Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine, or the dependant of a member of either organisation.

Find out more about the Physics Benevolent Fund and apply now.