Professional Body Scholarships

Maths Scholarships

If you’ve got a love of maths and a desire to teach you could receive £32,000 to teach maths – a £22,000 tax-free scholarship while you train and a further £10,000 after tax once in teaching. Other benefits of maths scholarships include membership offers, networking opportunities and professional development support.

Offered by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA) in collaboration with the London Mathematical Society (LMS), the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), The Mathematical Association (MA), Mathematics in Education and Industry (MEI), and the National STEM Learning Centre, the scholarship gives the best maths graduates the chance to start an exciting career in teaching.

As part of the scholarship, you’ll get access to superb professional resources and two years’ free membership of professional bodies. You’ll also join a community of like-minded and passionate maths enthusiasts, giving you the chance to be inspired, get support and share new ideas.


To qualify for a maths scholarship, you’ll need a 2:1 or higher in a subject with significant mathematical content. If you have a 2:2 degree, you are still encouraged to apply if you can also demonstrate relevant experience.

If you are looking to complete a subject knowledge enhancement course in maths before September 2018, you are also eligible to apply.

Prior to assessment, you should be able to showcase exceptional subject knowledge, dedication to teaching maths and the potential to become an inspirational and talented maths teacher. Find out more about the eligibility criteria.

How to apply

You’ll need to apply directly through the IMA website. This will need to be completed in one go, as applications cannot be saved part way through.

Physics Scholarships

The Institute of Physics (IOP) Teacher Training Scholarship rewards exceptional candidates interested in training to teach physics. As an IOP scholar, you will receive £28,000 tax-free funding – that is £2,000 more than a bursary to support you during your training year, as well as a range of other benefits to help you succeed in your career.

In addition to the funding, you will become part of a community of scholars who will provide a valuable support network throughout your training and beyond. You will be invited to events, giving you the opportunity to learn from the experts, exchange tips and tricks for the classroom and discover new ways to communicate the subject. You will also benefit from IOP membership for your training year.


To apply for one of these prestigious scholarships, you’ll need:

  • a physics or related degree with a proven or predicted grade of at least 2:1. If you have a 2:2 degree your application will be considered if you can demonstrate significant relevant experience or
  • a relevant PhD or Master’s degree or recognised equivalent

How to apply

You can apply for a scholarship via the IOP website.

If your online application is shortlisted, you will be invited to attend an assessment day in London. At the assessment day you will sit a written test, take part in a small group discussion and attend a panel interview.

If your application is unsuccessful, you will still be eligible for a bursary – find out more about other physics funding options.

Find out more at the Institute of Physics website.