Royal College of Psychiatrists Scholar Programmes

Are you a trainee with an interest in sustainability or politics?

Would you like to develop your skills to be a future leader in mental health? If so you may be interested in applying to join the Royal College of Psychiatrists Scholars Programme.

There are two types of scholarship available:

Sustainability Scholarship

This programme gives the chance for ST4-6 trainees to work with the RCPsych Sustainability Committee on a project of your choosing.

Projects could involve:

  • working with a DEFRA supported Nature-based school to develop a green-care project for students with mental health issues
  • reducing the carbon footprint of clinical care
  • working with CCQI to embed sustainability into national quality criteria.

Parliamentary Scholarship

This programme gives the chance for ST4-6 trainees to spend one day a week at the House of Lords working with Peers with an interest in mental health and learning disability to develop leadership and other skills necessary to influence policy on mental health matters.

The RCPsych is very grateful for the BMA Foundation for supporting the Parliamentary Scholar scheme and for Baroness Hollins for helping set up the scheme.

We are delighted to be able to offer this opportunity again for 2019/20 to support up to two sustainability scholars and four parliamentary scholars drawn from the range of psychiatric subspecialties to use their special interest sessions to develop experience in these areas.

Further details and how to apply can be found on our posts for members pages:

Applicants are required to submit a CV and supporting statement to one or both scholarship programmes (one side of A4) to

If you would like to discuss the sustainability scholar opportunity, please email and if you would like to discuss the Parliamentary scholar scheme please contact

Closing date for applications 31 May Interviews will be held in June or July 2019.
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