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

Faculty of Academic Psychiatry


The Gosling Fellowship

Due to a generous gift from the Gosling Estate, the Royal College of Psychiatrists would like to award the sum of £5000 each to two Psychiatry trainees specifically for the purpose of enabling them to complete a research project in the area of Neuropsychiatry as part of their psychiatry training programme. The award can be used for anything that is directly needed for the research project, as justified in the application. Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • The academic achievements shown by the candidate to date, based upon their CV and references.
  • The academic value of the proposed research project.
  • The future academic plans, and academic potential, of the candidate.

Prize: 2 prizes of  £5,000

Frequency: 2 awards in 2015 and 2 awards in 2016

Eligible:  Applicants must hold the MRCPsych and can be at any stage of training on an Approved Psychiatry Training Scheme in the UK.




1.     Applicants must work in the UK.


2.     Applicants should submit their application - including the following – by email:


a)        A 2-page CV including research experience, publications/presentations, career aims.


b)        A 2-A4 page (Ariel 11 font) outline of their research project  which should include the following:


I.           Aim of the project

II.          A short background as to why the topic is important

III.         Design and methods

IV.         Research outputs

V.          How the work will enhance the applicant’s career

VI.         Justification for how the money will be spent


c)        A letter from the Research Supervisor should be included outlining the supervisory arrangements (including name of supervisors and verifying that they have agreed to supervise the work).


3.     A panel convened by the Academic Faculty of the Royal College of Psychiatrists will assess and (if necessary) interview the candidates.


4.    As a condition of accepting the award the candidates are expected to present their work at the International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists when completed.


Deadline: 31 May 2015 

Contact: Chair, Academic Faculty by email


The Margaret Slack Travelling Fellowship

This travelling fellowship is awarded from funds bequeathed by Margaret Mary Slack. This travelling fellowship is intended to encourage senior psychiatric trainees to broaden their academic knowledge and experience in a centre of excellence either in the UK or abroad. Though not essential, candidates may wish to pursue a research study. Visits are expected to be no longer than two to four weeks.

Prize: £2,000

Deadline: Usually 31 December each year 

Contact: Chair, Academic Faculty by email

Click here for more details about this travelling fellowship

Previous winners

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Prizes and bursaries at the International Congress

The Academic Faculty offers a number of prizes and bursaries at the International Congress. More details can be found here.


Previous winners


Oral Presentation Prize:

  • Winner – Dr Lena Palaniyappan
  • Runner-up – Dr Alexandra Pitman


Poster Presentation Prize:

  • Winner – Dr Alisdair Rooney
  • Runner-up – Dr Laura Manea



Oral Presentation Prize:

  • Winner – Dr Aaron Vallance
  • Runner-up – Dr Rebekah Davis


Poster Presentation Prize:

  • Winner -  Dr Judith Harrison
  • Runner-up -  Dr Matthew Taylor