Funding Support

Carers' Fund - This fund helps you attend physics-related events or conferences that you might not otherwise be able to go to because you care for someone else. Carers’ Fund | Institute of Physics (

Early Career Researchers - This fund provides financial support for early career researchers to attend international meetings and visit international facilities. Our aim is to broaden your professional development and maximise your potential. 
Early Career Researchers Fund | Institute of Physics (

Research Student Conference Fund - This grant provides support for PhD students to attend a conference or major event. In order to be eligible for this grant, you must be a PhD student, a member of the IOP and also a member of one (or more) of our groups. Research Student Conference Fund | Institute of Physics (

Support for returners to work 
Attending the events and conferences organised by the IOP is a great way to expand your knowledge on the latest developments in physics, as well as to network and engage with the broader physics community. We appreciate that some members of the community, especially those that have been on a career break, maternity leave, or even may be long term sick, when looking to return to work, may not have immediate access to funds to cover the costs of registration.

Therefore, as part of our ongoing support for members on a career break or those transitioning from a career break, as well as any member facing financial difficulty, whatever the circumstances, we are piloting a scheme with the IOP’s Women in Physics Group to waive the registration fee to enable attendance at an IOP event or conference, held in the UK or Ireland. Please note that all members with caring responsibilities still have the option to seek additional financial support from the Carers' Fund.

This support will be offered on a case-by-case basis to current IOP members, subject to availability, and fees will be waived to attend one event or conference per calendar year at the discretion of the Head of Membership, in consultation with the Events and Conferences Manager.

To find out more, please contact Tajinder Panesor MInstP, Head of Membership.

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