Diversity and inclusion

IOP and Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell launch new fund to encourage greater diversity in physics

The Institute of Physics and leading physicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell have launched a new PhD scholarship fund to encourage greater diversity in physics.


Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell has generously chosen to donate her £2.3m Breakthrough Prize to the Institute of Physics to support full or part-time graduates who wish to study PhD physics and are from groups that are currently under-represented in physics. The fund will be administered and managed by the IOP and supported by a panel that will review qualifying applicants and select those to be funded. 

Detailed information on the funding, including the eligibility criteria and applicant pack has not yet been released, however, if you would like to register your interest please click through below to the contact form, and we will let you know as details become available and when PhD funding applications open for the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund. 

Register your interest in the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund

Read the Physics World interview:
Jocelyn Bell Burnell reveals the motivations behind her new $3m graduate-student fund

Find out more about who can apply and how the fund will be administered

If you are interested in contributing to the Fund, please email fundraising@iop.org.

Hear how Dame Jocelyn aims to help 'physics thrive'

Hear the inspiring stories of these physics PhD students

Stephanie Merritt, 32, third year PhD at Queen’s University Belfast, astronomer specialising in the atmospheres of exoplanets, from Surrey.

Ozioma (Ozi) Kamalu, 24, fourth year undergrad at Edinburgh, studying astrophysics, originally from Bristol.

Selina Dhinsey, 24, second year PhD student at Liverpool studying the medical physics end of particle physics, from Wolverhampton.