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IOP Teacher Training Scholarships 2020

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IOP Teacher Training Scholarships

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.

IOP Teacher Training Scholarships – why should you apply?

“The support you get, and the value that you can bring is great, so absolutely go for it” Scholar.

Are you eligible?

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:

  • Have a physics or related degree (such as engineering or mathematics) with a proven or predicted grade of at least 2.1; or hold a relevant PhD or master’s degree or recognised equivalent; or have completed a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course in physics. If you have a 2.2 degree we will consider your application if you can demonstrate significant physics-related experience and knowledge.
  • By September 2020, you must secure your training place on an eligible university-led or school-led (fee based, non-salaried) physics or physics-with-maths ITT course in England for the 2020/21 academic year. The training place must have been allocated is in accordance with the ITT allocations methodology for academic year 2020 to 2021 and must be delivered by an institution accredited by DfE as an ITT provider. Additionally, eligible courses lead, upon completion, to a recommendation, on behalf of the trainee, for the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
  • Be classified as a ‘Home’ student.
  • Meet the bursary eligibility criteria as set out by the Department for Education.

Why apply for our scholarship?

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.

2. Masterclasses

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.

How to apply

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:

  • List your academic qualifications. You will need to have your qualifications to hand
  • Tell us why you want to be a teacher. We also want to hear about any observational experience you’ve completed in a school, as well as other relevant experience you have.
  • Provide the contact details of a suitable referee. If you have graduated in the past three years or are on an SKE course this should be an academic referee (eg a course tutor). Otherwise, they must be a suitable professional individual. Please note we can only take academic references from university or higher education contacts, not high school.
  • You will also need to take a short online subject knowledge test.

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.

COVID-19 update -Despite the uncertainty COVID-19 brings, IOP's online application process for scholarships is continuing as planned.


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Opportunity Overview

  • June 22nd, 2020
  • £28,000 tax-free funding + benefits
  • 2:2 and above
  • Multiple UK Locations

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  • Physics

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