Awards, prizes and bursaries

There are lots of opportunities to apply for funding to support your psychiatry studies, through bursaries and award schemes run by the College.

Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship

We will not be recruiting to the Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship for 2024-2026 due to a lack of funding. We hope to offer alternative support for foundation doctors interested in psychiatry later in 2024, details of which will be available here when available. 

If you are entering Foundation Training, please consider joining the College for free as a Foundation Doctor Associate member to, among other benefits, receive a monthly newsletter listing current opportunities and support. Please also visit our foundation webpages to view the support we can offer, as well as those of our divisions, devolved nations and College Faculties. If you have any questions about this, or about careers in psychiatry, please contact us at 

Psych Star Scheme

Medical students enrolled on a UK full-time medicine degree may be eligible to apply for the Psych Star Scheme, which offers mentoring and financial support for one year and many other fantastic benefits.

Applications for the 2024 cohort are now open!

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The Aggrey Burke Fellowship for Black Medical Students

The Aggrey Burke Fellowship is a 2-year programme for Black medical students at UK universities. It offers are range of benefits including a mentor, CPD fund and a fully funded place at RCPsych International Congress.

Applications for the 2023 cohort are now closed.

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Regional and specialty-based

Our Divisions and Devolved Nations run regional award schemes, while faculties offer opportunities relating to sub-specialties. We also have special interest groups (SIGs) which offer prizes to medical students and foundation doctors.

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RCPsych Awards

The RCPsych Awards mark the highest levels of achievement in psychiatry and have now been extended to include awards for medical students and foundation doctors.

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Read more to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry