Psych Star Scheme

Our one year scheme is open to medical students with an interest and commitment to psychiatry seeking mentoring and financial support for activities intended to increase awareness and knowledge of psychiatry.

Scheme participants will be supported financially, receive mentoring and will be expected act as ambassadors for psychiatry.

Applications for the 2022/2023 cohort are not yet open.

Psych Star Information Evening 27 May 2022 

Register now for our Psych Star Information evening. Hear from lead psych star clinician Dr Declan Hyland, and three current Psych Stars about their experience of the scheme.

Benefits of the scheme?

Successful applicants will receive the following benefits over the course of one year:

  • Mentoring – you will be assigned a mentor to give you advice and support.
  • Welcome and induction evening at the College – so you can network with other Psych Stars and mentors.
  • International Congress – you will be given free registration to attend International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. A contribution towards accommodation and travel will be given.
  • CPD and travel fund – to be spent on activities of your choosing, such as conferences, courses and learning materials.
  • CPD Online – You will be given free access to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' CPD eLearning modules. Over 200 modules and 160 podcasts to keep you up to date with new research and best practice in psychiatry.
  • TrOn – Trainees Online is our online learning resource to support trainee psychiatrists prepare for MRCPsych exams.
  • Journal Subscriptions – You will be given free print copies of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' journals: BJPsych Bulletin, BJPsych Advances, and The British Journal of Psychiatry.

Am I eligible?

You must be a current student at a UK medical school for the duration of the award (1 September 2022 - 1 September 2023), a current Student Associate of the College and demonstrate an interest in and commitment to Psychiatry. Psych Stars will also be expected to act as an ambassador for psychiatry.

If you’re not a Student Associate yet – signing up is easy, free of charge and offers a range of benefits. Find out more.

Students who are intercalating are eligible to apply.

Current final year students and current and previous Pathfinder and Foundation Fellowship holders are not eligible to apply.

How do I apply?

We are not currently accepting applications.


If you have any queries, please email

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