Psych Star Scheme

Our one year scheme is open to UK 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.

Benefits of the scheme

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

  • Welcome and Induction from the College
  • Mentoring – you will be assigned a mentor to give you advice and support – 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 – £500 to be spent on psychiatry related activities of your choosing, such as conferences, courses and learning materials.
  • CPD eLearning– 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 and British Journal of Psychiatry.

Applications for the 2022/2023 scheme are now closed.

For any questions related to the scheme or your application, please email


Psych Star Scheme Information Evening 27 May 2022

You can now watch the recording of the Psych Star Scheme Information evening which took place via Zoom.

Hear from lead Psych Star Lead Clinician Dr Declan Hyland, RCPSYCH Careers Coordinator Hayley Shaw and three current Psych Stars (Manu Sidhu, Becca Gilmore and Ratnu Vaidya) about their experience of the scheme.

Read more to receive further information regarding a career in psychiatry