Diversity and inclusion
Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund
An innovative fund instigated by leading physicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and the Institute of Physics to encourage greater diversity in physics by assisting PhD physics students from under-represented groups.
- Meet the 2021 awardees
- About Jocelyn Bell Burnell
- Who can apply
- How to apply
- 2021/2022 calendar
- How the fund is administered
- Other sources of funding
- Contact us
The Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund is for full or part-time graduates wishing to study towards a doctorate in physics and from groups that are currently under-represented in physics.
Watch the video below to hear from Jocelyn on why the fund was set up, why people should apply and other ways to be involved.
Meet the 2021 awardees
We're delighted to reveal the eight awardees of the 2021 Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund. They are:
- Ayngaran Thavanesan - read our interview with Ayngaran
- Helen Maguire - read our interview with Helen
- Mary Richardson-Slipper - read our interview with Mary
- Mei Ting Mak - read our interview with Mei Ting
- Robert C Smith - read our interview with Robert
- Scarlett Royle - read our interview with Scarlett
- Si Chen - read our interview with Si
- Vanessa Emeka-Okafor - read our interview with Vanessa
About Jocelyn Bell Burnell
The fund is made possible thanks to Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell's generous donation of her £2.3m Breakthrough Prize.
Read the Physics World interview:
Jocelyn Bell Burnell reveals the motivations behind her new $3m graduate-student fund
Who can apply
The fund is for full- or part-time graduates wishing to study towards a doctorate in physics, from groups that are currently under-represented in physics.
- Download the guide (PDF, 2.3MB) to find out more about eligibility criteria.
- Terms and conditions (PDF, 210KB)
How to apply
Applications are now open. Start your application here.
You can view a sample application form (PDF, 293KB) to give you an idea of what to expect during the application process.
2021/2022 grants calendar
- 1 October 2021 – Open for applications
- 28 October 2021 2-3pm – Virtual Q&A session with BBGSF panel. Join the meeting here
- 21 January 2022 – Application submission deadline
- 24 January – 25 February – Grants manager eligibility review
- 28 February – 4 March – First stage unsuccessful applicants notified
- 28 February – 16 March – Panel assessments
- 18–21 March – Second stage unsuccessful applicants notified
- 11–12 April – Panel interviews
- End of April – Awardees notified
Frequently asked questions
Visit our FAQ page for further details about the fund.
You can also find further information for students and prospective host universities/institutions below.
How the fund is administered
The fund is administered and managed by the IOP and supported by a panel that reviews qualifying applicants and selects those to be funded. Find out more about how the fund is administered.
Other sources of funding
For other sources of funding, studentships and scholarships that you may be eligible for, please see the links below:
- Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) funding: If you are a UK citizen or a citizen of the European Union and have been resident in the UK for more than three years, you may qualify for a STFC studentship, which pays both fees and a maintenance allowance.
- Wellcome Trust: Four-year PhD studentships in science
- Amelia Earhart Fellowship: For women pursuing PhD/doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences.
- Online aggregators like Postgraduate Studentships, Scholarship Search and Postgraduate Funding also list PhD funding schemes.
- If you have any queries about the fund, please email [email protected] you can register your interest in the fund to receive updates as they become available.
- If you have any feedback about the fund, please complete the feedback form.
- If you are interested in contributing to the fund, please email [email protected].