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 and with a mentor and will be expected act as ambassadors for psychiatry.

Applications have now closed.

Psych Star Information Evening - watch on demand

Watch this informal session, outlining the benefits of the Psych Star Scheme and how to apply.

Joined by College members, staff, and current Psych Stars we will...

  • Explain the changes to the recruitment process for 2021
  • Inform you about the new Psych Star post in Intellectual Disability Psychiatry
  • Share the highlights of their time as a Psych Star and why they want to #ChoosePsychiatry
  • Give you tips on how to make the most of your year as a Psych Star and how to gain further experience in psychiatry as a medical student.


What are the benefits?

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 online modules. Over 225 modules and 140 podcasts to keep you up to date with new research and best practice 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.

Psych Star in the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability (Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry)

In 2021, we will be appointing an additional Psych Star, for those interested in a career in the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability. The Faculty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability is funding the place of one extra Psych Star for 2021 – this is to attract anyone who has a specific interest in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability as a career.

The Psych Star in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability will receive all the benefits stated above and will also be supported in growing their interest in the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability with a dedicated mentor in the sub-specialty.

The Psych Star in Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability will also receive free registration to attend Faculty events, including the Spring Meeting and the Annual Conference. In addition they will be provided with academic opportunities, for example undertaking/joining an established research study or QI project relevant to the specialty.

The subspecialty of Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability maintains a strong focus on the wider neurodevelopmental spectrum; we therefore welcome applicants with interests across the full range of neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism and ADHD.

Am I eligible?

You must be a current student at a UK medical school for the duration of the award (1 September 2021 - 1 September 2022), 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?

You should submit the following to in one PDF document, 12 pt. font, with all identifying information removed (e.g. name, address, medical school, named institutions or individuals):

  • A brief plan of how you will spend the Psych Star funding (max. 500 words)
  • A list of any previous awards, prizes or bursaries from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, other Royal Colleges, universities, charities or organisations.
  • An answer to the following question: "In no more than 500 words, what do you hope to achieve in your career as a psychiatrist? Please outline how you will prepare for this, both personally and professionally".

To be considered for the Psych Star in the Psychiatry of Intellecutal Disability, you must also submit an answer to the following question (in addition to the above): "In no more than 500 words, please outline your interest in the Psychiatry of Intellectual Disability (Neurodevelopmental Psychiatry) and how you have, or intend to, explore this sub-specialty".

You should consider the College values and behaviours when completing your application.

Further details can be found in our application pack (PDF).

When is the deadline?

Applications have now closed.

Frequently asked questions

We have published a list of our most frequently asked questions (PDF) which may help you with your application.

If you have any queries, please email

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