Psychiatry Foundation Fellowships

We are appointing nine Psychiatry Foundation Fellowships across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

The deadline for applications has now been extended to Friday 28 February 2020, 12:00 noon (GMT).

It will provide an unrivalled opportunity for medical students commencing foundation training in August 2020.

In return, we will support you in your interest in mental health during one of the most challenging times of your career.

These two-year Fellowships are separate from the foundation programme application process.

What are the benefits?

The Fellowship aims to improve exposure to psychiatry for foundation trainees whilst supporting their interest in mental health. 

The College will award benefits worth up to £3000 over two years, providing access to:

  • Mentoring - You will be assigned a mentor to give you advice and support over the next two years.
  • International Congress - You will be given free registration to attend our International Congress each year over the two years. This includes a formal dinner with College Officers, Faculty members, mentors and other Fellows and bursary holders. A contribution towards accommodation and travel will be given.
  • College events - You will be invited to special events to meet senior College Officers and Members.
  • Psychiatry related activities - Opportunity to apply for other relevant events and activities with a travel and CPD fund.
  • CPD Online - You will be given access to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' eLearning site CPD Online. Over 200 modules and more than 100 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 print copies of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' journals: BJPsych Bulletin, BJPsych Advances, and The British Journal of Psychiatry.

How can I apply? 

The deadline for applications has now been extended to Friday 28 February 2020, 12:00 noon (GMT).

Please submit a CV (2 pages) and a supporting statement (max. 1000 words) in one PDF document explaining why you would like to be considered for a Psychiatry Foundation Fellowship to by 12:00 noon (GMT) on Friday 28 February 2020.

Please highlight which Devolved Nation you intend to complete your foundation training (Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland).

This is an opportunity for you to demonstrate your interest in psychiatry and any previous experience you have of mental health, perhaps as working as a volunteer or undertaking a placement in a mental health setting. You might have done an elective at medical school or attended conferences or done some research.

We do not expect you to disclose any personal mental health issues you may have. You also have the opportunity to describe how you would be an ambassador for the specialty and the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Applications should be made directly to the College. As these Fellowships are separate from the foundation programme application process, you will not need to apply through Oriel.

Shortlisting criteria

  1. Demonstrable interest in mental health and psychiatry as a career.
  2. Academic excellence, not limited to psychiatry related activities.

We strongly welcome applications from medical students from a widening participation background, or who have entered medical school through a Widening Access to Medicine scheme, as these groups have been traditionally underrepresented at this level.


Shortlisted applicants will be invited to attend a 20-30 minute panel interview. The panel will include at least one senior representative from the College.

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to an interview to the Devolved Nation you have indicated in your application.

Interviews will be held at following dates and locations (subject to change):

RCPsych in Wales – Monday 23 March 2020 (please note this has been changed from Tuesday 24 March 2020)
Baltic House
Mount Stuart Square
CF10 5FH

RCPsych in Scotland – Thursday 26 March 2020
12 Queen Street
0131 220 2910

RCPsych in Northern Ireland – Friday 27 March 2020 
Clifton House
2 North Queen Street
BT15 1ES


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