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Current opportunities

NEW:  3-year PhD studentships in Eating Disorders & Obesity

The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre is advertising up to four studentships to commence October 2024.  The closing date for applications is Wednesday 26 June 2024 (23:59 BST).  Apply now!


A range of other funding opportunities is available for clinical and non-clinical trainees at all stages of the academic career development pathway in mental health translational research.  Details about individual programmes are provided below.

Our programme will train the next generation of clinical academics in mental health research in a richly interdisciplinary training environment.

Training fellowships will be available to doctors, nurses, clinical psychologists and allied healthcare practitioners across a diverse range of topics relevant to mental health science.

To enable mental health science to flourish, this new PhD programme will encourage clinicians both from within and outside disciplines traditionally involved in mental health to apply. Supervisory teams will combine clinical and non-clinical academics to ensure PhD fellows gain expertise in technical and scientific skills necessary for mental health science.

Three programmes of research will be available, representing emerging opportunities in mental health science: King's PhD programme in mental health research for health professionals

New PhD studentships at the IoPPN and more widely at King's College London are advertised throughout the year.  Potential PhD candidates are advised to check both these pages regularly.

The NIHR Fellowship Programme is designed to support individuals at various points of their development in becoming leading researchers, from initial pre-doctoral training to senior post-doctoral research.

Opportunities include:

  • Pre-doctoral Fellowship - designed to support people who are looking to start or advance a career in health and social care research methodology.
  • Doctoral Fellowship - a three year full-time award that supports individuals to undertake a PhD in applied health or social care research.
  • Advanced Fellowship - for those at a post-doctoral level and can be utilised at several specific points of a researcher’s career development.
  • Development & Skills Enhancement Award - a post-doctoral level award aimed at supporting NIHR Academy Members to gain specific skills and experience to underpin the next phase of their health and social care research career.

Details of the various fellowship schemes, eligibility criteria and application rounds can be found on the NIHR Fellowship Programme page.

Managed by NIHR and funded by Health Education England (HEE), the Integrated Clinical and Practitioner Academic Programme supports health and care professionals (excluding doctors and dentists) to develop careers that combine research with continued practice and professional development (Clinical or Practitioner Academic careers).   

Opportunities include:

  • Internships
  • Pre-doctoral Clinical Academic Fellowships
  • Clinical Doctoral Research Fellowships
  • Clinical and Senior Clinical Lectureships
  • Bridging Schemes
  • Mentorship Scheme.

This scheme provides funding for early-career researchers from any discipline who are ready to develop their research identity. Through innovative projects, they will deliver shifts in understanding that could improve human life, health and wellbeing. By the end of the award, they will be ready to lead their own independent research programme.  Wellcome Early Career Awards

The MRC offer a range of fellowships to meet diverse needs, allowing training placements in the UK, abroad or in industry. More information is available at MRC Fellowships and MRC Clinical Research Training Fellowships