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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Psychiatric Trainees' Committee Bursaries


Psychiatric Trainees' Committee BursaryThe Royal College of Psychiatrists is keen to attract high calibre doctors to the specialty of psychiatry and to foster good attitudes towards psychiatry and the College as a whole.

The Psychiatry Trainees' Committee (PTC)  is pleased to offer bursaries for medical students looking for financial support with their electives in psychiatry or to undertake research in the UK or overseas.

There are 11 bursaries which are offered in the following three types of activities:

To undertake an elective in psychiatry

  • £150 per week for a maximum of 8 weeks (total £1200)

To undertake a period of research on a psychiatry related topic

  • £150 per week for a maximum of 8 weeks (total £1200)

To prepare a research presentation

  • £100 for submissions in the UK
  • £150 for submissions abroad


I. The bursaries are open to undergraduate medical students enrolled on a full time course of studies in medicine at a medical school in the UK.

II. All applicants must be Student Associates of the College.

III. The bursaries are intended to cover travel, accommodation, subsistence and fees (if applicable) to further study, to widen academic research skills or to undertake voluntary clinical experience relevant to psychiatry.

Please note only applications from eligible candidates will be considered.

Selection criteria

I. The awarding panel consists of:

  • The Dean
  • The Chair of the Psychiatric Trainees' Committee (PTC)
  • The Vice-Chair of the Psychiatric Trainees' Committee (PTC)

II. The awarding panel considers the following:

  • Written applications of no more than 1500 words, to describe the nature of the elective, research project or research presentation.
  • Bursaries will be used solely by the successful applicant and not be shared.
  • The successful applicant will be required to submit a brief report on the elective or research project within a year of completing and this will be published in the Student Associate newsletter, FuturePsych.
  • If none of the applicants is of sufficient merit, the bursary will not be awarded.
  • The bursary may not be received on more than one occasion by the same applicant.
  • The panel’s decision is final.

Closing Date

The closing date for the PTC Bursary 2015 will be announced in the new year.


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Last updated 29/01/2015

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