Women in Physics
Happy International Women's Day 2023!
Information about Women in Physics
Information and Advice
Imposter syndrome is loosely defined as persistently feeling like a fraud despite achievements and successes, often with the fear that you will be found out and exposed as not being worthy to be in a space or to have certain accolades. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. For many women in STEM however, feeling like an outsider isn’t an illusion — it’s the result of systemic bias and exclusion. The SIDUS project, run by the Centre for Higher Education, Research, and Scholarship at Imperial, has been investigating how imposter syndmore affects Imperial students from different backgrounds.
Sexual Violence, Bullying, and Harrassment
Support for an incidence of sexual violence, bullying or harrasment is available in the Physics Department as well as Imperial College.
Physics Department Help
One-to-one support can be provided by:
- Your personal tutor
- Mery Fajardo, Disability Officer and Mental Health First Aider
- Yasmin Andrew, Student Liason Officer
- Ingo Mueller-Wodarg, Senior Tutor
Imperial College Help
- The Report + Support tool allows you to disclose any incidents of bullying, harassment, sexual violence, sexual harassment, sexual misconduct, racial discrimination and more. Incidents can be disclosed anonymously, and also on behalf of other people.
- Sexual Violence Support provide lots of information for both staff and students, including emergency advice, one-to-one support from Sexual Violence Liason Officers, and advice on how to support friends.
We also recommend these external sources of specialist help:
- The Haven Newtork, For survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence
- Sexual abuse support - additional resources
Counselling & Mental Health Support for Women
Imperial counselling service can provide both one-to-one and group councelling on this matter. The Faculty of Natural Sciences also employs two mental health advisors for wellbeing support, you can send them an email. Imperial also recommends these specialist support groups for women.
By no means an exhaustive list, but some of the biggest opportunities available for female and non-binary physicists at Imperial.
If you ever need any help with an application, send us an email and we will put you in contact with someone in our network who can help you.
|Funding||Who is it for?||How much is available?||Description|
|The Mary Lister McCammon Summer Research Fellowship||Final year UG theoretical physics students||£325/week stipend||The Mary Lister McCammon Summer Research Fellowship is a funded opportunity to spend the summer before your final year at university working in research with a leading mathematician or statistician.|
|The Stevenson Fund||Imperial UG & PhD students||£7,500||The Stevenson Fund is aimed at assisting the long-term scientific careers and ambitions of women in key scientific disciplines in which there is significant female under-representation. Three bursaries of £7,500 are awarded each year and allows students to undertake an international research placement of up to a maximum of three months with a leading female professor in a similar institution.|
|Imperial College Trust||Imperial UG & PhD students||£400||To enable College students to attend conferences to which they have been invited to present their research|
|IOP Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship Fund||PhD Scholarship||Fees, living support, and any additional funding to support accessibility, including carer responsibilities||An innovative fund instigated by leading physicist Professor Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell and the Institute of Physics to encourage greater diversity in physics by assisting PhD physics students from under-represented groups.|
|Amelia Earhart Fellowship||PhD Scholarship||US$10,000||The Amelia Earhart Fellowship was established in 1938 in honor of famed pilot and Zontian, Amelia Earhart. The fellowship is awarded annually to up to 35 women pursuing Ph.D./doctoral degrees in aerospace engineering and space sciences. It may be used at any university or college offering accredited post-graduate courses and degrees in these fields.|
|L'Oreal-UNESCO Rising Talent Programme||Early career researchers||£15,000||The L’Oréal-UNESCO UK and Ireland For Women in Science Rising Talent Programme offers awards from a partnership between L’Oréal UK & Ireland, the UK National Commission for UNESCO and the Irish National Commission for UNESCO, with the support of the Royal Society, to promote, enhance and encourage the contribution of women pursuing their research careers in the UK or Ireland.|
|Anne McLaren Fellowship||Tenure track fellowship (Nottingham, UK)||3 years salary, £75,000 research expenses, £15,000 childcare costs.||Anne McLaren Fellowships are aimed at outstanding female postdoctoral researchers in science, technology, engineering and medicine, who are at the early stage of their academic careers and wish to establish a research career in the UK|
|Rosalind Franklin Fellowship||Tenure track fellowship (Groningen, NL)||5 year tenure track position, substantial start-up package||The Rosalind Franklin Fellowship programme is primarily directed at ambitious women in academia, research institutes or industry who have a PhD and aim for a career towards full professorship in a European top research university.|
|MacGillavry Fellowship||Tenure track fellowship (Amsterdam, NL)||Start-up package and more||The MacGillavry Fellowship is primarily directed at talented women. We are therefore especially seeking women who have a strong track record in one of the Faculty’s scientific disciplines and at the same time have the potential and ambition to obtain a leadership position as professor at the University of Amsterdam.|
|Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship||Early career researchers||5 years funding: 80% salary and research expenses||This scheme offers a recognised first step into an independent research career for outstanding postdoctoral scientists and engineers who require a flexible working pattern due to personal circumstances, such as caring responsibilities or health issues.|
|Daphne Jackson Trust||Researchers at any stage of their career||Salary, £1500/year expenses||Daphne Jackson Fellowships are unique. They offer researchers the opportunity to return to a research career after a break of two or more years for a family, health or caring reason.|
|STFC Return to Research Support Bursary||Researchers at any stage of their career||£2,500||If you are a researcher looking to return to an academic research career after a break of two or more years, this bursary can help you to develop a proposal suitable for submission to the STFC fellowship scheme.|
|Elsie Widdowson Fellowship Award||Imperial academic staff||50% salary for up to 12 months (relieve academic of teaching/admin roles)||The purpose of the Award is to allow academic staff (Lecturer, Assistant Professor, Senior Lecturer, Associate Professor, Reader, and Professor) to concentrate fully on their research work upon returning from maternity, adoption, surrogacy and/or shared parental leave.|
|IOP Carer's Fund||Researchers at any stage of their career||£250||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.|
Other funding opportunities
Association for Women in Science
British Federation of Women Graduates
Funds for Women Graduates
Insititute of Physics
Royal Society of Chemistry
US-UK Fulbright Commision
Women's Engineering Society
Consider nominating yourself (yes, yourself! You deserve it!) or someone else for these prizes! If you have a suggestion but no time to write the nomination, then send us an email and we will help you. We are always looking to raise the profile of the amazing women and non-binary people working in our department.
|Prize||Who is it for?|
|Faculty of Natural Sciences Prizes for Excellence||
The FoNS Annual Prizes for Excellence are organised through the FoNS Education Committee and are designed to recognise individuals who have made a major contribution to:
|Imperial College President's Awards||
The winners of these awards have gone above and beyond to deliver inspiring engagement activities (with school, community, public and patient groups) or to support the development of a culture of societal engagement at Imperial.
|Imperial College Julia Higgins Medal||
The Julia Higgins Medal and Awards are awarded annually to recognise individuals, groups, and departments that have made a significant contribution to the support of academic women at the College.
|IOP Medals and Prizes||
For many areas of physics and at every career level.
|Royal Society Awards||
For more established scientists and groups in a variety of areas. To name a few:
|Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship||
The Caroline Herschel Prize Lectureship was established by what is now the Herschel Society, in association with the Royal Astronomical Society, to celebrate Caroline’s memory by supporting promising women astronomers early in their careers.
|Caroline Herschel Medal||
A new prize will celebrate outstanding research by women astrophysicists in the UK and Germany.
Nano - Dr. Jess Wade and Melissa Castrillon
This exciting non-fiction picture book introduces young readers to the fascinating (and cutting-edge) science of the very, very small.
First Light - Dr. Emma Chapman
“First Light is a dispatch from the frontiers of science, from a brain fizzing with ideas and energy.” – Chris Lintott, presenter of BBC Sky at Night
The End of Everything - Prof. Katie Mack
Astrophysicist Katie charts five alternative scenarios of how our universe could cease to exist.
Inferior - Angela Saini
How science got women wrong - and the new research that's rewriting the story
15 Million Degrees - Prof. Lucie Green
110 times wider than Earth; 15 million degrees at its core; an atmosphere so huge that Earth is actually within it: meet the star of our solar system
Quantum Steampunk - Dr. Nicola Yunger Halpern
The Industrial Revolution meets the quantum-technology revolution!
The Sky is for Everyone - Virginia Trimble & David Weintraub
An inspiring anthology of writings by trailblazing women astronomers from around the globe.
The Matter of Everything - Dr. Suzie Sheehy
The astonishing story of twentieth-century physics, told through the twelve experiments that changed our world.
The Disordered Cosmos - Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein
From a star theoretical physicist, a journey into the world of particle physics and the cosmos -- and a call for a more just practice of science.
Dark Matter and the Dinosaurs - Prof. Lisa Randall
The most thrilling, genre-busting, unlikely science book you'll ever read, from the world-renowned, multi-award-winning physicist Lisa Randall
The End of Bias - Jessica Nordell
Shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize Bias affects us all, every day of our lives.
A Matter of Choices - Prof. Fay Ajzenberg-Selove
In this engaging memoir, Fay Ajzenberg-Selove writes candidly about her difficult journey to international recognition in physics.
Lost in Math - Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder
Physicists believe the best theories are beautiful, natural, and elegant. This is why we have not seen a major breakthrough in more than four decades.
The Last Stargazers - Prof. Emily Levesque
A book that conjures the pain and pleasure of traditional astronomy and asks what personal insights and experience we might lose with technology
Mapping the Heavens - Prof. Priyamvada Natarajan
A lively and accessible introduction to radical ideas and discoveries that are transforming our knowledge of the universe.
The Blackett Lab Family
The Blackett Lab Family
Diversifying perceptions of physics and promoting Black representation at all levels in the field.
LGBT+ Allies Network
LGBT+ Allies Network
A network of LGBT+ allies in the physics department
The Committee aims to address the under representation of minorities in physics
Women in SET
Women in SET
Imperial College Union Women in Science, Engineering and Technology Society
Women in Computing
Women in Computing
Representing Imperial Women and Non-Binary Individuals in Computing
IOP Women in Physics Group
IOP Women in Physics Group
Special interest group focussing on the careers of women in physics
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