Green Scholars

  • Status : One-year term: September 2023 – September 2024
  • Salary : Voluntary (with dedicated bursary)
  • Closing date : 03/08/2023
  • Interview date : 21/08/2023

Overview of the role

Green Scholars are Higher Specialist Trainees in psychiatry, who use their special interest day each week to work with the RCPsych Planetary Health and Sustainability Committee for a period of one year.

This is a programme aimed at developing a trainees' understanding of the field of sustainability and its implication for mental health services. It provides insights into how day to day clinical care but also service-design must change to reflect an appreciation of planetary boundaries with a view to imagining health care which is nature friendly and carbon neutral.

There is an emphasis placed on the value of advocacy, leadership and practical change. Scholars get a dedicated study budget for their project with training and mentoring throughout the year.

We are offering up to three scholarships in 2023-2024. Please see the JD for further information. Applications welcome from those with previous experience working in sustainability but equally from SpRs with interest in this area looking to develop their understanding and involvement.

Key responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Planetary Health and Sustainability Committee and a relevant supervisor on a dedicated project
  • Promoting sustainable working practices
  • Representing the RCPsych when appropriate

How to apply

If you would like to be considered for this post, please submit a CV and a covering letter expressing your interest, relevant experience and how you would hope to use the role (one A4 side) to

For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Jacob Krzanowski, Associate Registrar for Sustainability at

Please see the full JD for this role below.

Closing date: Thursday 3 August 2023

Interview date: Monday 21 August 2023 via Microsoft Teams/Zoom

Interviews are likely to be around 30 minutes and it is unlikely that we would be able to offer an alternative date.

The College values a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves.

More information

If you are curious to know more about this area of the College’s work please have a look at our 2021 position statement on the climate and ecological emergency.

About the College

The Royal College of Psychiatrists is the professional membership body for psychiatrists and promotes excellent care for people with mental illness.

It has over 20,000 members and engages with government and the media as the leading voice of the UK’s mental health services. The College is a values-based organisation and this has been reflected in a number of awards including being named Charity of the Year in the European Diversity Awards in 2019 and a Gold Award by Stonewall in 2023 for creating an LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace.

The College values a diverse and inclusive workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community, reflecting the population it serves.

JD - Sustainability Scholars - August 2023