Diversity and inclusion

Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund

A scholarship fund 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.


About the fund

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.

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

The fund is administered and managed by the IOP and supported by a panel that reviews qualifying applicants and selects those to be funded. Find out more about how the fund is administered.

If you have any queries about the fund, please email bellburnellfund@iop.org.
If you have any feedback about the fund, please complete the feedback form.
If you are interested in contributing to the fund, please email fundraising@iop.org.

Download the guide to the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund (PDF,  848KB) with the eligibility criteria and information for students and prospective host universities/institutions.

How to apply

Applications are now open.

  1. Read the guidance notes (PDF, 444KB)
  2. Read the terms and conditions of award (PDF, 267KB)
  3. Complete the application form (PDF, 282KB)
  4. Send your completed form to bellburnellfund@iop.org by noon (UK time) on 10 January 2020. Please note that the Head of School or the equivalent is responsible for submitting the application form.

Register for updates

You can also register your interest in the fund to receive updates as they become available.

Register your interest in the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund

Progress reports for studentships

As a part of the monitoring and evaluation of the Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund studentships, the IOP requires the student and their lead supervisor to submit a progress report at various intervals during the award.

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