Physics scholarships

The Institute of Physics (IOP) Teacher Training Scholarship rewards exceptional candidates interested in training to teach physics. You could receive £34,000 to teach physics - a £28,000 tax-free scholarship while you train and a further £6,000 after tax once in teaching. 

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.

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