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Pathfinder Fellowships


Three- year Pathfinder Fellowships offer unique opportunities to support medical students and foundation doctors interested in pursuing careers in Psychiatry.

We will be accepting applications for Pathfinder Fellowships from autumn. Do come back in and apply to join the next cohort of Pathfinder Fellows.

Find our more about the current Pathfinder profiles and blogs.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is in the fifth year of offering Pathfinder Fellowships, which provides a unique and exciting opportunity for medical students in their penultimate year of study who are interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry. We are delighted to announce that the Fellowship Award has expanded to offer 20 places. We are seeking the next generation of psychiatrists to lead the profession into the future. 


The Pathfinder Fellowship award is worth up to £5000 over 3 years and includes the following fantastic benefits:


  • FUNDING FOR AN ELECTIVE / RESEARCH / SSC IN PSYCHIATRY you will be given funding (maximum £1500) as a contribution towards the cost of a research project, elective placement, special study module (SSM) or a student selected component (SSC) in psychiatry, this can be UK or overseas.
  • MENTORING - you will be assigned a mentor to give you advice and support during the 3 years you are a Pathfinder Fellow.
  • INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS - you will be given free registration to attend International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists each year over the 3 years. Includes a formal dinner with Academic Faculty, College Officers and an opportunity to present to this international audience. A contribution towards accommodation and travel will be given.
  • COLLEGE EVENTS - you will be invited to the Royal College of Psychiatrists for special events to meet the College Officers and Members. Upon joining the Fellowship you will be invited to your Inaugural Dinner with the President and College Dean. Opportunity to contribute at the Psychiatry Trainee Committee (PTC) meeting, and hear about the future role of psychiatrists.  
  • ONLINE TRAINING MODULES - you will be given free access to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Trainees Online (TrOn). This online training resource has been developed to support trainee psychiatrists preparing for the MRCPsych examinations.
  • ACCESS TO COLLEGE JOURNALS - you will be able to access the Royal College of Psychiatrists' journals: The British Journal of Psychiatry; BJPsych Advances; and BJPsych Bulletin.
  • PSYCHIATRY SEMINARS - you can attend other Psychiatry relevant seminars and events, including priority invitations to academic faculty conferences.
  • SOCIAL MEDIA PROFILE - your Pathfinder profile will appear on our website. The Facebook Student Associate page and twitter feed for Student Associates @RCPsychStuAssoc allows you to share experiences and will connect you to other Pathfinder Fellows #PathfinderFellowship

In order to be eligible to apply to become a Pathfinder Fellow, you must be a medical student in your penultimate year of study (i.e. 3rd year of a 4 year undergraduate medical degree, 4th year of a 5 year undergraduate medical degree) and be able to demonstrate your commitment and interest in psychiatry.


Applications have now closed.

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