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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Awards, prizes and bursaries

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


Pathfinder Fellowships

Medical students in their penultimate year can apply for the Pathfinder Fellowship award, which is worth up to £5,000 over three years and comes with a range of fantastic benefits.

Foundation Fellowships

Final year Student Associates who are about to start their Foundation Year in 2018 are eligible for the Foundation Fellowship, worth up to £3000 over two years.


Regional and specialty-based

Our divisions 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.

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.

Student Presentation, Elective and Research (SUPER) Bursary Award

RCPsych is offering up to 11 bursaries for medical students looking for financial support to undertake presentations, research projects and electives in psychiatry.

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Is psychiatry for me?

Find out about the benefits and challenges of a career in psychiatry from real psychiatrists – see Choose Psychiatry.