Fellow (FInstP)

As the highest level of membership attainable within the IOP, Fellowship is recognition of your accomplishments in physics and the impact you have made in your sector.

IOP Fellowship means being part of a community of likeminded people who commit to promote physics at a certain standard and to act as a physics role model.”  Dr Yvonne Gründer, Royal Society Research Fellow, University of Liverpool.

Our highest membership grade gives you the recognition you deserve for your achievements in physics. By becoming an advocate of the community, you can support others to develop the experience and expertise needed to contribute to the future of physics and strengthen the voice of the IOP.

Our fellowship values reflect the benefits of being part of the community:

Our fellowship values set out the benefits and aspirations
of the community:

  • RECOGNITION – confirm your position as a leading physics professional and receive recognition among your peers for excelling in your sector
  • OPPORTUNITY – enjoy opportunities to connect and share ideas with other fellows. Grow your network and enhance your professional development through innovation and collaboration
  • INSPIRATION – be a role model for the next generation. As an IOP ambassador, apply your passion and enthusiasm to encourage others to study, work and excel in physics
  • LEADERSHIP – progress the future of physics by helping to
    strengthen the voice of the IOP. Share your experiences and
    offer support and guidance in your local community

You can find out more about what it means to be a fellow of the IOP by reading these case studies from current Fellows.

Fellowship Benefits


Physics World - Stay ahead of all physics related news with our monthly flagship magazine

Regular e-newsletter - receive the latest news and information that interests you from across the IOP

IOP Publishing - Get access to exclusive IOPP content


Collaboration - Build new partnerships and networks through innovation and collaboration

Support future physicists - Mentor the next generation of physicists

Advocate - Be an advocate and speak on behalf of the physics community

Shape the future of physics - Take a leading role in shaping the future of our activity and developing standards around professional accreditation.

Support the IOP - Join our panels or committees

Career and Professional Development Hub - Develop your leadership management skills with online resources

Special Interest Groups - Establish yourself as an expert in your field through our specialist groups

Events & Conferences - Share your expertise at IOP conferences with discounted rates

IOP Branches - Take the lead in promoting physics with our member-led branches through lectures, networking, competitions and physics festivals

Inclusive membership - Be heard within the IOP by voting at our annual general meetings

IOP Member Plus - Get access to an exclusive portfolio containing  money-saving discounts on health and fitness, fashion, holidays, motoring, spa treatments, entertainment, technology and more

@physics.org - Create your own forwarding email address

LinkedIn IOP Group - connect with other physicists online

Volunteering - Run a local branch, group, get young people interested in physics or support other physicists throughout their careers through IOP national committees, regional branches and special interest groups

Discounts - Receive discounted membership to other learned societies

Meeting Room - Get access to our meeting room at Portland Place

Professional Development

Be the voice of the community - Membership will give you opportunities to sit on IOP committees and be the voice of the physics community across the UK and Ireland

Professional Recognition

FInstP post nominal - Use of the FInstP post nominal

Excellence and recognition - Get recognition amongst your peers for excellence in the discipline

Give back to the community - Be a strategic partner and provide physicists opportunities to develop IPD and CPD

Find out more
Information about the eligibility criteria and application process is available on our How to apply page.

Fellow is the highest level of membership attainable within the IOP and is for those with a degree in physics or related subject (or equivalent knowledge gained in the workplace) and who have made a significant impact on their sector.

If you would like further information about fellowship or would like to discuss your prospective application, call us on 020 7470 4800, email us at fellowship@iop.org, or register to attend a webinar.

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