“I’d like to especially thank Professor Brad Gibson, Dr David Benoit and Professor Andy Beavis for their support and enthusiasm throughout, helping make this possible.
“This is truly life-changing, and I cannot wait to get started.”
Dame Jocelyn was awarded the 2019 Special Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics for her role in the discovery of pulsars, and donated her £2.3m Breakthrough prize money to the Institute of Physics to set up the new Fund.
In 2017/18, just 23 per cent of physics undergraduate students were female. The new scholarship hopes to drive change in the industry, encouraging people from all backgrounds to pursue careers in physics.
Kiri is a passionate advocate for improving diversity in physics.
She has been a leading driver behind the ‘Changing Face of Physics’ campaign, led by the University of Hull’s E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics.
Prof. Brad Gibson, Director at the E.A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull, said: “Kiri has developed into one of Yorkshire's most visible peer role models, through her leadership in various Women in STEM initiatives, including the region's Changing Face of Physics campaign.
“From humble academic beginnings, Kiri progressed from Foundation Year to becoming one of the University's academic high-flyers, alongside her ambitious outreach and engagement activities.
“Kiri’s background, growth, and progression through Physics at Hull is one of the most inspirational I have encountered throughout my career.
“This has been thankfully acknowledged by the IOP through the award of one of the inaugural Jocelyn Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarships, already acknowledged as one of the country’s most prestigious Fellowships within the Physical Sciences.”