Mental Health Research UK - PhD Scholarships 2021 (closed - the 2022 process will open in March 2021)

Mental Health Research UK (incorporating the Schizophrenia Research Fund) is pleased to announce a competition for one or more PhD Scholarships beginning September 2021.

Mental Health Research UK makes research awards focusing on research into the causes of, or cures for mental illness by advertising opportunities in Research Fortnight, on its website, and through its email list. Please note that the charity does not accept any requests for funding from individuals. 

The John Grace QC Scholarship 2021 is awarded in the field of Schizophrenia. 

For the Scholarship sponsored by the Fieldrose Charitable Trust, we welcome applications for research into the genetic basis of schizophrenia. This might include gene discovery or the application of genetic findings to understanding disease mechanisms or the development of new treatments.

Applications for a Scholarship in the field of Eating Disorders in Young People are also welcomed. 

Our fourth award will be for a Scholarship in Psychological Trauma: understanding risk, building resilience.

 invite applications from UK Universities for these Scholarships. Deadline for applications is 15th May 2020.

The full information about how to apply, including the relevant forms to be completed, are shown on each scholarship page. 

John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2021

Fieldrose Charitable Trust PhD Scholarship 2021

Eating Disorders in Young People PhD Scholarship 2021

 Psychological Trauma: PhD Scholarship 2021

Awards are made after a peer review process via our Scientific Advisory Board. 

Please note that the COVID-19 pandemic will impact on fundraising for Mental Health Research UK. We cannot guarantee that we shall be able to make all four scholarship awards. Nor can we guarantee that the start date for any award made will be September 2021. 

Although only registered with the Charity Commission in 2008, Mental Health Research UK has already made twenty research awards; the first jointly funded by the University of Nottingham.

Frequently Asked Questions.pdf

Mental Health Research UK PhD Scholarships - Grant Terms and Conditions.pdf

For any queries on the application process, please check our FAQ's if you cannot find an answer, please contact 

For each individual Scholarship we can accept only one application per University. Each University can apply for all three Scholarships if they wish.

Mental Health Research UK is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) non-commercial Partner. This means the studies that we fund may be eligible to access the NIHR Study Support Service which is provided by the NIHR Clinical Research Network.
The NIHR Clinical Research Network supports researchers and the life sciences industry to plan, setup and deliver high quality research to agreed timescales and study recruitment targets, for the benefit of patients and the NHS. This includes relevant research in public health and social care in England.

In partnership with your local R&D office, we encourage you to involve your local Clinical Research Network team in discussions as early as possible when planning your study. This will allow you to fully benefit from the support available through the NIHR Study Support Service. To find out more about how you can apply for this additional support to help deliver your study, please visit