Institute of Physics (IOP)
graduate job

Physics Teacher Training Scholarships

Job description

Could you use your physics knowledge to change the world for the better? Are you ready to inspire future generations of physicists with your passion for physics?

An Institute of Physics (IOP) teacher training scholarship could help you start an exciting new career as a physics teacher. We are awarding 175 scholarships for 2024 - 2025, giving you the support you need to succeed and stand out.

With an IOP scholarship, you receive:

  • Support to develop your physics teaching skills including Continuing Professional Development (CPD) workshops and online events as well as any face-to-face events taking place throughout the year, as well as access to a skilled mentor.
  • Online networking opportunities, and occasionally face-to-face events with your fellow scholars
  • Free IOP membership throughout your teacher training year. This includes full access to our in-house magazine Physics World, invitations to local branch meetings and free journal downloads.

The scholarships are funded by the Department for Education in partnership with The Institute of Physics.

Hear what our previous IOP Scholars have to say

“The Continuing Professional Development (CPD) sessions have been incredibly helpful, giving useful hints and tips to help students and also providing interesting new ways to teach things.” - Helen, IOP Scholar

“The main advantage [of the scholarship] is all of the professional development opportunities, which have given me the chance to fully engage with physics teaching at this crucial time of my career” - Aiden, IOP Scholar

“What has really helped me in my training year is growing my awareness of the fantastic resources the IOP have to offer teachers.” - Daniel, IOP Scholar

Take a look at our webinars

Get into Teaching Physics webinar - Friday 15 December 2023, 10am - 11am

The Day in the Life of a Physics Teacher - Wednesday 13 December, 4pm - 5pm

What we are looking for

To become an IOP Scholar, you need to secure a place on a non-salaried teacher training course in England by September 2024.

A core part of the Institute’s mission is to give all pupils access to specialist physics teachers. Pupils in low-socioeconomic areas tend to have limited access to specialist teaching, so we are encouraging IOP scholars to consider a role is such areas and we will provide extra mentoring support for those who choose to teach there.


  • You will need a physics or related degree, and a passion for the subject with the ability to communicate clearly and inspire others.
  • To apply for a scholarship you must have an excellent academic record featuring a UK physics or related honours degree that can be a first or 2:1 at undergraduate level OR a master’s OR a PhD (proven or predicted). In exceptional circumstances, applicants with a 2:2 and significant relevant experience will be considered.
  • A physics A-level or equivalent (grade C or above) is desirable.
  • For degrees awarded in countries outside the UK, you will need to upload a statement of comparability from UK ENIC.

Why Teach Physics? A short film about IOP Teacher Training Scholarships - YouTube

Accepted degree subjects

  • environmental science and ecology
  • physics
  • electronic and electrical engineering
  • mathematics
  • aerospace engineering
  • transport engineering
  • materials science
  • mechanical engineering
  • geology and geography

Additional job details

East Midlands
East of England
North East England
North West England
South East England
South West England
West Midlands
Yorkshire and the Humber

Contract, dates and working times


How to apply

If you have the academic and personal qualities enabling you to excel as a physics teacher, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship, once you have read the eligibility criteria

Click Apply to start your application now. This job will be available on Prospects until 8 January 2024

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Closing date:  8 January 2024

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