Supporting Physics at Queen Mary

The School of Physics and Astronomy welcomes private contributions towards any part of our work. Here is a guide through the available information:

  1. Read about the avenues for supporting physics below, and see the summary page of giving opportunities.
  2. Check the main supporting Queen Mary page for more information. You can also find the Giving Form there.
  3. Find out how to enhance the value of your gift through tax-efficient giving.

Please contact our Head of Department Prof. Steve Lloyd with any enquiries about supporting our work here at the School of Physics and Astronomy. Alternatively you can also contact Sarah Cripps in the Alumni and Development Office.

Post-doctoral research

Post-doctoral researchers play a vital role in modern theoretical and experimental physics. They spend a few years of their career,  following their PhD,  doing research in consultation or collaboration with academics. They tackle cutting edge problems with minimal teaching or administrative demands on their time. This is often a precursor to a scientific  career in academia or in industry. The mobility of post-doctoral researchers contributes to an effervescence of ideas which is an integral part of modern physics.

For influential works done by our current faculty members during their post-doc years, see their individual web-pages.  Opportunities to fund post-doctoral positions in our research groups are available.

PhD students

PhD studentships typically last 3 or 4 years and are funded by the research councils. In cases where a student shows excellent performance and promise, a 3-year position is extended to 4 years, subject to availability of resources.  In addition, Queen Mary Physics aims to be accessible to the best international students, who may not qualify for research council funding. For both these reasons private funding can usefully supplement our existing funds. We also welcome donations in any amount towards student travel to conferences, workshops and other international centres of research.

Visiting researchers

As a recognized centre of international excellence, Queen Mary Physics attracts high calibre researchers from around the world, who visit our campus in East London, give pedagogical or research lectures and engage in scientific collaborations. We have an excellent record of attracting funding for these purposes from the Royal Society and other agencies. Our vision is to broaden the visitor programme to encourage  new collaborations in our core research areas as well as interdisciplinary efforts at the interface of physics with mathematics, the applied sciences and technology. Opportuntities to fund our visitor programme are also available.


Further opportunities are available to support our undergraduates, with named scholarships and summer bursaries, or with academic prizes for example.  One of our key scholarships is the Hemera Scholarship which offers a full fee waiver and a bursary of £9,000 per annum to one student per year.  The scholarship is aimed at studnets who wish to study for a physics degree but who have faced barriers in their access to higher education.