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Physics scholarships

The Institute of Physics (IOP) Teacher Training Scholarship rewards exceptional candidates interested in training to teach physics. As an IOP scholar, you will receive £28,000 tax-free funding - that is £2,000 more than a bursary to support you during your training year, as well as a range of other benefits to help you succeed in your career. 

In addition to the funding, you will become part of a community of scholars who will provide a valuable support network throughout your training and beyond. You will be invited to events, giving you the opportunity to learn from the experts, exchange tips and tricks for the classroom and discover new ways to communicate the subject. You will also benefit from IOP membership for your training year and associate membership of the IMechE if you have a mechanical engineering degree. 


To apply for one of these prestigious scholarships, you’ll need:

  • a physics or related degree ( such as engineering or astronomy) with a proven or predicted grade of at least 2:1. If you have a 2:2 degree your application will be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant experience or
  • a relevant PhD or Master’s degree or recognised equivalent


How to apply

You can apply for a scholarship via the IOP website

If your online application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an assessment day in London. At the assessment day you will sit a written test, take part in a small group discussion and attend a panel interview.

If your application is unsuccessful, you will still be eligible for a bursary – find out more about other physics funding options.

Find out more at the Institute of Physics website.


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Train to Teach Newcastle

30 June 2018 10:00

This event in Newcastle will give you the chance to ask experts about your teacher training options and what it’s like to teach.

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Preparing for your teacher training

25 June 2018 18:30

If you've been offered a teacher training place, this online session will answer your questions on how best to prepare for your teacher training.

Gaining school experience for primary teachers

27 June 2018 12:00

This online event will provide advice on gaining school experience for those interested in primary teaching. It will offer helpful hints and tips on gaining and making the most of your primary school experience and it's relevance to your UCAS application.

Teaching a STEM subject and SKE

02 July 2018 18:30

Teaching is a great way of making your knowledge in a STEM subject count. We’ll help you with your routes into teaching and how subject knowledge enhancement (SKE) can help build up or refresh your subject knowledge before you commence your teacher training.