IOP Teacher Training Scholarships
graduate scheme

IOP Teacher Training Scholarships

Job description

The Institute of Physics is awarding £28,000 scholarships to outstanding physics and engineering graduates entering physics teacher training in September 2019.

We will reward 150 individuals who have the potential to become great teachers of physics. Each scholarship is designed to provide prospective teachers with financial and academic support during their training and beyond.

Each teacher training scholarship provides:

  • Funding: £28,000 tax-free funding
  • Recognition: free IOP membership for your teacher training year, including a subscription to Physics World
  • Community: celebration events at the beginning of your training
  • Professional development: networking events, educational trips and continuous professional development for scholars throughout your training year
  • Influence: opportunities to contribute to physics education policy


To be an IOP Scholar, you must secure a place on a non-salaried teacher training course in England by September 2019.

Being a physics teacher not only means that you’ll be able to use your degree everyday, but you will also have the flexibility to work in your preferred location.

Start date: September 2019.

What we are looking for

Scholarships are available to graduates with at least a 2.1 degree in physics or a related subject such as engineering or mathematics.

We only have 150 to award and these will be given to the very best individuals who impress us with their academic record, physics subject knowledge and commitment to teaching.


To be eligible for an IOP Teacher Training Scholarship you must:

  • Have an excellent, proven (or predicted) academic record with a first or 2:1 degree, or hold a PhD or master’s degree or recognised equivalent. If you have a 2:2 degree we will consider your application if you can demonstrate significant relevant experience
  • By September 2019, secure your training place on an eligible university-led or school-led (non-salaried) physics or physics-with-maths course in England for the 2019/20 academic year
  • Qualify as a home student and meet the bursary eligibility criteria set out in the National College for Teaching and Leadership bursary guidance
  • Have an excellent understanding of school-level physics
  • Have an excellent ability to explain physics ideas at school level
  • Have a proven interest in physics education
  • Possess the qualities required to be an inspirational teacher of physics

See full eligibility criteria here.

Accepted degree subjects

  • physics
  • transport engineering
  • mathematics
  • medicine and surgery
  • aerospace engineering
  • mechanical engineering
  • electronic and electrical engineering
  • engineering management
  • civil engineering and construction

How to apply

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 05/01/2019

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Closing date: 15/07/2019


Additional job details

Number of vacancies150
LocationEast Midlands · East of England · London · North East England · North West England · South East England · South West England · West Midlands · Yorkshire and the Humber

£28,000 (tax—free)

If successful, you will receive £28,000 tax-free funding for your teacher training year. This will be paid in instalments during your training.

Working hoursFull-time

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