Are you ready to embark on a career in teaching physics? The IOP is awarding £28,000 Scholarships to talented individuals starting teacher training in England in September 2020.
IOP scholarships are awarded to the very best individuals who impress us with their academic record, physics subject knowledge and commitment to teaching.
Following qualification, eligible physics teachers will receive an additional £6,000 paid across the first four years of their careers, on top of their salaries. For those working in high need areas, the payments will rise to £9,000. Read the Department for Education's (DfE) guidance and eligibility regarding early career payments.
The IOP Teacher Training Scholarships are funded by the DfE and therefore are only available for eligible initial teacher training programmes in England. If you are awarded a scholarship it will replace the government bursary you will receive. It is not an additional award.
If you have the academic and personal qualities that will enable you to excel as a physics teacher, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship.
However, it is crucial that you read the following eligibility criteria carefully before you apply for a scholarship. In summary, to apply for a scholarship you must:
If you meet our eligibility criteria, here are five great reasons to apply:
1. Part of an exclusive community
You will become part of a like-minded community, allowing you to share ideas and draw on support. There will be formal and informal opportunities throughout your training year to get involved with the scholar community and interact with your fellow scholars.
You will be invited to a series of masterclasses designed for scholars. Masterclasses and regional events will take place at venues around the country to introduce you to a wealth of physics teaching ideas led by IOP coaches.
3. Free IOP membership for your training year
All scholars are welcomed into the IOP community and awarded the benefits that all IOP members enjoy. This includes full access to our in-house magazine Physics World, invitations to local branch meetings and free journal downloads.
4. Opportunities for professional development
As an IOP scholar you will be kept informed of relevant national and regional events throughout the year, which will help you to develop additional skills. You will be invited to workshops where you can learn from experienced physics teachers and network with your peers.
5. The prestige of being an IOP Scholar
Putting “IOP Scholar” on your CV is a great achievement and a great attraction for any future employer. It shows that you have gone the extra mile in your journey to becoming a teacher.
To be successful means excelling at three levels: submitting an application that demonstrates your commitment to teaching, proving your outstanding subject knowledge, and standing out from the crowd at an assessment day.
Stage 1: Are you eligible?
Before you start your application you must read our eligibility criteria. If you meet the eligibility criteria you can then proceed to stage 2.
Stage 2: Apply online
Once you have read and understood the eligibility criteria, you are ready to get started.
Among other things, the application form will ask you to:
Stage 3: Assessment day
If your online application is shortlisted, we will invite you to attend an assessment day in London. If you are successful at the assessment day, we will recommend you for a scholarship.
At the assessment day you will sit a written test, take part in a small group discussion and attend a panel interview.