Apply to us for funding 

Are you a researcher looking for funding? Mental Health Research UK can help. 

Mental Health Research UK has one competitive round of PhD Scholarship awards per year, launched in the Spring, for submission in June, with decisions made in the Autumn to start the following year. The process is as follows:
  • November:             We inform our mailing list what the selected subjects are.
  • March:                    Advertise Scholarships in Research Fortnight, send to our mailing list, and show on website. Application (3 pages plus 1 page per supervisor).
  • Mid May                 Closing date
  • July:                       Panel meets and shortlists. Those not shortlisted informed at once. Referees and Service user reviewers organised.
  • September:            Deadline for referee and Service user reports.
  • Late September:    Panel meets and makes decision.
  • October:                 Remaining applicants notified.
The trustees decide year on year the focus of the awards but one, the Schizophrenia Research Fund John Grace QC PhD Scholarship award, always focuses on Schizophrenia. Applications for our awards need to come from UK Universities. If you are a researcher with a good idea for a PhD project, we encourage you to speak to a UK University and identify a potential supervisor who can make the application. We accept one application per Scholarship award from any one University. 

If you would like to be advised of our next round of awards, please click on the link to sign up: 

Our awards cover fees and stipend only and are based on the Medical Research Council’s minimum stipend and fees for UK students, currently as follows: 

2019/20 Stipend: Outside London - £15,009 Inside London: £17,009 

2019/20 Fees: £4,327. 

Funding will cease at 4 years or on submission of the PhD thesis, whichever is earlier. 

The fourth year is regarded as a ‘writing up’ year and the grant will be the stipend and thesis fee only. In the event of early submission, a brief application to retain the student for the remainder of the period within the total cost envelope will be considered. College fees will be considered, where advertised by the University, as additional to the tuition fee. 

Mental Health Research UK will consider a small grant towards Travel and Conference allowances, where the student is presenting, subject to prior approval. No contribution will be made towards Research Training and Support grants. 

If your University fees or stipend are different from the above, we will consider these provided you advise us with your application. 

Please note that Mental Health Research UK is an NIHR Non-commercial partner.

Mental Health Research UK aims to make a significant improvement to the lives of people with mental illness, by funding research into causes and cures. We know it is often challenging to find resources to support PhD studentships and that is why we focus our funding on these awards, supporting mental health researchers of the future.