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The Margaret Slack Travelling Fellowship

Prize: £2,000

Frequency: Annual

Closing date: 31 December each year

Submissions to: Chair, Academic Faculty, The Royal College of Psychiatrists

College contact: Committee Manager 0203 701 2587

This travelling fellowship is awarded from funds bequeathed by Margaret Mary Slack. This travelling fellowship is intended to encourage senior psychiatric trainees to broaden their academic knowledge and experience in a centre of excellence either in the UK or abroad.

Though not essential, candidates may wish to pursue a research study. Visits are expected to be no longer than two to four weeks.

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • The academic achievements shown by the candidate to date, based upon their CV and references.
  • The academic value of the proposed visit and research project.
  • The future academic plans, and academic potential, of the candidate.

Eligible: Applicants must hold the MRCPsych and be on an approved higher training scheme

Where presented: International Congress, June/July each year


Applicants must work in the UK.

Applicants should submit an application letter including the following – by email:

a) the names of two referees

b) a brief CV including research experience, publications/presentations, and career aims

c) a detailed proposal which should include the following:

I. Clear academic aims and objectives and how they will be met if you are awarded this fellowship

II. Any potential pitfalls and contingency plans

III. How the proposed study / experience was developed

IV. Proposed outputs or dissemination from this experience

d) information about the host centre, with confirmation that the proposal is acceptable to them

e) an identified supervisor at the host centre

f) confirmation from the employing authority that study leave will be granted if the applicant is successful.

I. A panel of psychiatry assessors nominated by the Academic Faculty Chair will award the Fellowship. It is not possible to provide detailed feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

II. The successful candidate will be expected to submit a report to the Academic Faculty Chair and may be asked to present at a faculty meeting.

Duncan Macmillan Essay Prize

This annual essay prize is named after psychiatrist Duncan Macmillan who helped pioneer a community-centred approach to mental health. The competition is held in partnership with the Institute of Mental Health, Nottingham. It is ran by the Institute.

The purpose of the prize is to celebrate and promote the work of psychiatry trainees nationwide. First prize in the competition, based on an essay of 1,000 words, is a £500 contribution to research-based expenses.

This year's essay theme is "The next big thing in psychiatry research".

All entries should be emailed to

The closing date for submissions is 12 noon, Monday 1st October 2018.


Competition rules:

1. Competition entry criteria is limited to registered trainee doctors in psychiatry in the UK.

2. The winner and runner up of the essay competition will be determined by a panel chaired by the Institute’s Director, Professor Martin Orrell and other senior members of the Institute, along with representatives nominated by the Royal College of Psychiatrists. This panel may seek such advice as it deems appropriate in reaching this determination.  Decisions made by the panel will be final.

3. Each essay must be no longer than 1000 words and be submitted electronically.

4. Essay materials published elsewhere will not be eligible for this prize.

5. A £500 first place prize, £250 runner up prize are both available to be claimed as research-related expenses.


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RCPsych International Congress 2018