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Pre-announcement: Restricted call – Mental Health Research UK PhD Scholarships (indicative internal deadline: mid-March 2021)



Please note that Mental Health Research UK has not published the call guidance yet. The details below are based on the currently available information about the scheme. We will send an update as well as details about the internal deadline once the call opens in March 2021. This notification is to bring this scheme to your attention to allow you sufficient time to prepare a strong application – we expect the timeframe between the funder’s announcement and University internal deadlines to be quite tight.


Dear Colleagues,


Mental Health Research UK has notified us that their 2022 PhD Scholarship competition will open in March 2021. This is for PhD students who will be starting their studies in September 2022. The Trust is planning to invite applications to two themes this year:

  • New approaches to treating schizophrenia
  • The impact of COVID-19 on understanding mental health, race and intersectionality

Both themes address current issues, and the Trust would look favourably on starting the Scholarship earlier than September 2022.


The Scholarships aim to support the most promising research scientists who are asking challenging questions that will contribute to advances in mental health research.


While we are waiting for the call to be published by the funder, you might find it helpful to check questions asked in last year’s applications, Frequently Asked Questions, or the grant’s Terms & Conditions – all available at this LINKBut please do bear in mind that these might change for 2022 Scholarships. Please also note that the thematic areas currently highlighted at this link refer to the previous iteration of the scheme.


University Internal selection process:

Institutions will be permitted to submit only one application to each theme. Therefore, the call will be managed according to the University’s Restricted Calls Procedure.


If you are interested in applying for the scholarship, you will need to complete the attached application form (which is currently provided as indicative) and submit to We will communicate the full call details and the deadline for submission to the internal selection process once the call is open.


Funder deadline: 14 May 2021

Posted on 05/02/2021

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