The PhD Research Scholarships we are currently funding are as follows: 

Click on the links to read more about each of these projects.

Eating Disorders in Young People PhD Scholarship 2021

University College London - Exploring the causal role of emotion regulation, internalising and externalising symptoms in the aetiology of eating disorders: a triangulation approach using longitudinal general population, primary care, and genetic data.

Fieldrose Charitable Trust PhD Scholarship 2021

Cardiff University - Integrating microarray and sequencing data to identify rare risk and protective genetic variants for schizophrenia.

Student: Sophie Chick



John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2021

Bath University - Feeling de-humanised by distressing psychotic voices: Developing our understanding and psychological therapy.

Psychological Trauma: Understanding risk, building resiliance PhD Scholarship 2021

King's College London - Understanding risk and building mental health resilience after childhood psychological trauma: focus on the subjective experience.

Children and Young People’s Mental Health PhD Scholarship 2020

University of Cardiff - Identification of factors promoting sustained good mental health in children of depressed parents

Student: Eglė Padaigaitė

John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2020

King's College London - Neural mechanisms of positive symptoms in first-episode and prodromal psychosis.

Student: Samuel Knight



Mark Robinson MRCVS PhD Scholarship 2020

University of Manchester - Developing participant-informed methods for acceptable and safe research into suicidal experiences

Student: Kerry Hozhabrafkan


Mental Health Research UK PhD Scholarship 2020

University of Nottingham - Understanding pathways to self-harm and suicide ideation in high risk young people: an unmissable opportunity for suicide prevention.

Student: Katherine Bird

Anxiety and Depression in Older People PhD Scholarship 2019

University of Sussex - Predicting development and treatment of common mental disorders in older adults.

Student: Alexandra Schmidt

Children and Young People PhD Scholarship 2019

King's College, London - Imagine a brighter future: Development of a school-based positive imagery intervention to target anhedonia in adolescents.

Student: Taryn Hutchinson

The Sylvia and Christine Wastall PhD Scholarship 2019

University of Bristol - The association between childhood language development and adolescent psychotic experiences in a general population sample. 

Student: Sarah Hemingway

John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2019

University of Cambridge - Targeting medial prefrontal cortex brain networks implicated in hallucinations.

Student: appointment to be confirmed

Children and Young People's PhD Scholarship 2018

University of Oxford - Understanding the emotional and practical needs of parents with psychosis and those of their children.

Student: Jessica Radley


Children and Young People's PhD Scholarship 2018

University of Edinburgh - Understanding biological and psychosocial risk and resilience factors for adolescent depression.

Student: Niamh McSweeney





John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2018

University College London - Investigating how rare genetic variants increase schizophrenia risk.

Student: to be confirmed

Mental Health Research PhD Scholarship 2018

University of Cambridge - Understanding the psychological and biological characteristics of Obsessive Compulsive Symptoms in schizophrenia caused by clozapine treatment.

Student: Marjan Biria

Adolescent Mental Health PhD Scholarship 2017

University of Sussex - Pre-morbid school functioning and trajectories of mental health and social disability in adolescence and young adulthood.

Student: Lucie Crowter

The John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2017

Oxford University - Developing our understanding and treatment of paranoia using virtual reality technology.

Student: Poppy Brown

The Fieldrose Charitable Trust PhD Scholarship 2017

Kings College London - Turning the Curse into a Blessing: Using Mindfulness to Reduce Schizophrenia Vulnerability in Psychosis-Prone Individuals.

Student: Heather McDonald

Anxiety Disorder PhD Scholarship 2016

Oxford University - Mediators and moderators of treatment effects in social anxiety disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Student: Milan Wiedemann

John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2016

Manchester University - Understanding psychological resilience to negative stressors and suicidal thoughts and behaviours in people experiencing schizophrenia spectrum disorders.

Student: Kamelia Harris

Publications by MHRUK PhD students, past and present (November 2019)


Application form for open access publication of research results: Open Access publications application form1.docx

Click on the link below to view our students publications

For further information, or to pledge support, please contact us by sending an email to 


Mental Health Research UK is linked with The Schizophrenia Research Fund

Mental Health Research UK is a registered charity - England No. 1125538

© Mental Health Research UK 2020

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