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Bell Burnell Scholarship Award (Awarded by the IOP)

A highly competitive scholarship offering Academic Fee at UK Fee rate, plus Maintenance matching the EPSRC rate of 17,668 GDP (currently for session 2022/23) per year for 3.5 years. Please note this Scholarship is Competition-Funded, therefore, if you are successful in securing an academic offer, this does not constitute an offer of funding.

The IOP and leading physicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell launched the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund to encourage greater diversity in physics. The fund is made possible thanks to Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell’s generous donation of her £2.3m Breakthrough Prize. This scholarship fund is being used to support full or part-time graduates who wish to study towards a doctorate in physics and are from groups that are currently under-represented in physics. The Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund is a restricted fund established under the management of the IOP to support Full-Time or Part-Time postgraduate studentships for people from groups that are currently under-represented in Physics. The Fund has been created with an endowment of £2.3m to provide support to the scholarships. The School of Physics and Astronomy will put up to two candidates forward to the IOP’s selection panel (IOP deadline 17:00 UK Time on 20 January 2023). The Guide to the process is given here in the Bell-Burnell Guide. The Fund will be administered by the IOP, and supported by a panel who will review qualifying applications and select those to be funded. Funding will be provided as a contribution for up to 4 years (or equivalent if by part-time study) of PhD studies, agreed as part of the application process and paid annually from the allocation. The scholarships will normally be paid in support of course fees, living support grants and any additional funding to support accessibility, including support for carer responsibilities. In addition, successful applicants will be able to apply for additional support from the IOP Carers Fund if this is not able to be granted from the scholarship fund. For the purpose of this fund the definition of underrepresented groups in physics will be kept under review. In this first instance our definition includes: women, students of Black-Caribbean, Black-African and other minority ethnic (BAME) heritage, students with disabilities, or who require additional funding to support inclusive learning, LGBT+ students and students from disadvantaged backgrounds who may struggle to find the levels of funding needed to complete their studies. People with qualifying refugee status who meet the above criteria are also encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to students who meet multiple criteria and the decision of the panel on qualification and funding amounts will be final. No institution will be able to hold more than one student with a funding grant in each academic year.

The funding can be linked to a physics project being offered by the School of Physics and Astronomy.  Successful candiates will recieve support in completeing the IOP application form.  The IOP will only fund one scholarship in the School per academic year.

Faculty information

Please visit the School of Physics & Astronomy website for further information.

Please refer to the UKCISA website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals.