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Bell Burnell Scholarship Award (Awarded by the IOP)


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Key facts

Wednesday 8 December 2021
Funding start date
Saturday 1 October 2022
Number of funding places
Country eligibility
International (open to all nationalities, including the UK)
Source of funding
External organisation
School of Physics and Astronomy
<h2 class="heading hide-accessible">Summary</h2>

A highly competitive scholarship offering Academic Fee at UK Fee rate, plus Maintenance matching the EPSRC rate of 15,609 GDP (currently for session 2021/22) 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.

<h2 class="heading hide-accessible"Full description</h2>

<p>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&#39;s generous donation of her &pound;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 &pound;2.3m to provide support to the scholarships. The School of Physics and Astronomy will put up to two candidates forward to the IOP&rsquo;s selection panel (IOP deadline noon on 22&nbsp;January 2022). The Guide to the process is given here in the <a href="">Bell-Burnell Guide</a>. 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.</p> <p>The funding can be linked to a physics project being offered by the School of Physics and Astronomy.&nbsp; Successful candiates will recieve support in completeing the IOP application form.&nbsp; The IOP will only fund on scholarship in the School per academic year.</p>

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<p>Please visit the <a href="">School of Physics &amp; Astronomy</a> website for further information.</p> <p>Please refer to the&nbsp;<a href="">UKCISA</a>&nbsp;website for information regarding Fee Status for Non-UK Nationals starting from September/October 2021.</p>

<h2 class="heading">How to apply</h2>

<p>Formal applications for research degree study should be made online through the <a href="">University&rsquo;s website</a>. Please state clearly that the funding you wish to be considered for is Bell Burnell Scholarship Award (Awarded by the IOP).</p> <p>If English is not your first language, you must provide evidence that you meet the University&#39;s minimum English language requirements (below).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">Entry requirements</h2>

Applicants to research degree programmes should normally have at least a first class or an upper second class British Bachelors Honours degree (or equivalent) in an appropriate discipline. The criteria for entry for some research degrees may be higher, for example, several faculties, also require a Masters degree. Applicants are advised to check with the relevant School prior to making an application. Applicants who are uncertain about the requirements for a particular research degree are advised to contact the School or Graduate School prior to making an application.

<h2 class="heading heading--sm">English language requirements</h2>

The minimum English language entry requirement for research postgraduate research study is an IELTS of 6.0 overall with at least 5.5 in each component (reading, writing, listening and speaking) or equivalent. The test must be dated within two years of the start date of the course in order to be valid.

<h2 class="heading">Contact details</h2>

<p>For further information please contact Doctoral College Admissions by&nbsp;email:&nbsp;<a href="">m</a><a href=""></a>&nbsp;or by telephone: +44 (0)113 343 5057.</p>

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