Prizes and bursaries

The Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy has established a small project grant to stimulate research in the specialty.  Funded projects should support the work, aims and objectives of the Faculty.

Eligibility to apply

Current College members, holding one of the following categories of membership can apply: Member, Fellow, Specialist Associate, Affiliate or Pre-membership trainee.

How to apply

Members are invited to complete and submit the submission form with relevant details. The form should be emailed to RCPsych Faculties

No additional information or documentation should be sent.

Value

The Faculty will award grants of between £250 and £2000.

Frequency

A grant awarding round will be held each year subject to funds being available.

Reporting

The main grant holder will be expected to provide a report to the executive committee one year after commencement of the grant, and to provide a final report after two years. 

The main grant holder will be expected to present their findings at the Faculty Annual Conference the year following the award. 

Rules and Key criteria

  • Entrants are invited to submit a proposal relevant to issues of concern to the Faculty of Medical Psychotherapy by completing the submission form.
  • The project may involve such activities as quantitative or qualitative original research or QI activity and may form part of the funding for a project with other sources of income. 
  • Current College members, holding one of the following categories of membership can apply: Member, Fellow, Specialist Associate, Affiliate or Pre-membership trainee. 
  • In cases where a project has more than one investigator, the application for the grant must be led by a College member.  That person will become the main grant holder.
  • Payment will be made on submission of an invoice from a sponsoring organisation such as a Trust or university. 
  • The main grant holder will be expected to provide a report to the executive committee one year after commencement of the grant, and to provide a final report after two years. 
  • The main grant holder will be expected to present findings at the Faculty annual conference the year following the award.  Format to be agreed with conference organisers. 
  • Applications will be examined by a panel appointed by the Faculty executive, normally the three Faculty officers. 
  • The grant award will be notified to the Faculty executive committee at its next meeting. 
  • The Faculty reserves the right not to make the award where suitable applications are not received or where there are insufficient funds in the Faculty budget.

 The hallmarks of a successful application - tips from the Faculty panel

  • It should be able to be completed in 1 year.
  • The purposes to which the finances will be put should be spelled out and broken down into components.
  • It should be clearly related to the field of medical psychotherapy, and the way the results will contribute to the field should be explicit.
  • It should not be part of a wider application or rely on funding from elsewhere, unless such funding has been definitively secured. If part of a larger application, the part played by the funding requested from the Faculty should be explicit.
  • It should if possible include a proposal for how the project might progress if the full amount requested is not awarded.

Closing date

Submissions have closed for 2021 awards.  Submissions for 2022 awards will be invited later in the year.

Submissions and enquiries

Please contact RCPsych Faculties:  facultycommittees@rcpsych.ac.uk

We have created an essay prize for medical students to stimulate interest in the field of medical psychotherapy and encourage the most talented individuals to consider a career in the specialty.

2021 topic

Essays of up to 5,000 words are invited on the following topic:

Tell us about a patient you have seen, showing how your reflections on psychological issues deepened your understanding of the case and contributed to your personal learning. 

Prize

The winner will receive £250, a certificate and free registration for the Medical Psychotherapy Faculty conference.  The winning essay will be published in the Faculty newsletter.

Frequency

Annual

Eligibility

Undergraduate medical students based at university in the UK can enter this prize.

Regulations

  • Please email an essay of up to 5,000 words on the given topic. The word count includes footnotes and appendix but excludes the bibliography. The document should be in Word or pdf format.
  • Please ensure patient's confidentiality by not revealing any details that might identify them.
  • Please submit a short CV with your essay.
  • Entries will be shortlisted and judged by a panel appointed by our executive committee.  Entries will be judged on originality, clarity of expression, comprehension of the literature, cogency of argument and overall ability to convey enthusiasm for the specialty.
  • We reserve the right to withhold awarding the prize should entries not be of a satisfactory standard.
  • The conference registration cannot be carried over to a future year.
  • The prize does not include travel, accommodation or subsistence expenses.

Submissions

Please email your essay in Word or PDF format with a short CV, with the subject line 'Medical Psychotherapy Essay Prize' to facultycommittees@rcpsych.ac.uk. Please do not include your name or the name of your institution in the essay document.

Closing date

Essays should be received by midnight on 25 October 2021.

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