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Applications open for Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund - Award 2019/2020

Deadline: 10 January 2020

Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund - Award 2019/2020

The Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund, which aims to encourage greater diversity in physics, is now open for applications.

The Fund aims to support students from groups currently under-represented in physics who wish to study for a PhD. It was made possible thanks to the generosity of Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell, who won the prestigious Breakthrough Prize for physics in 2018 for her role in the discovery of pulsars. Dame Jocelyn chose to donate her £2.3m prize award to the Institute of Physics (IOP) to set up the Fund as a way of encouraging under-represented groups to study physics.

The Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund Panel will review applications which meet the eligibility criteria and shortlisted applicants will be invited for interview in the spring.

To be eligible, the host university/institution, which must be United Kingdom- or Ireland-based, must have either Project Juno and/or Athena Swan status current at the date of enrolment of the student onto the postgraduate doctoral course.

Students must be from an under-represented group in physics. For the purpose of this fund the definition of under-represented groups in physics refers to: women, students of Black-Caribbean, Back-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.

Applicants can be resident anywhere but can only apply if they have an academic offer from an eligible host university/institution in the UK and Ireland.

Deadline: 10 January 2020, 12:00 (noon) UK time (07:00 Colombian time)

More information: website of the BBGSF; lburnellfund@iop.org

[Boletín SIUN 461, 31 de octubre/1 de noviembre de 2019]

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