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Mental Health Research UK - PhD Competition 2024 is now closed.

Mental Health Research UK (incorporating the Schizophrenia Research Fund) is pleased to announce a competition for two PhD Scholarships beginning September 2024.

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


       1. John Grace QC PhD Scholarship 2024 – Cognitive impairment in psychotic disorders: We are interested in funding projects that address the potential factors involved in cognitive impairment in psychotic disorders or those that address novel therapeutic approaches including measurement studies in domiciliary settings or remote measurement.

       2. The Tom Palmer PhD Scholarship 2024 – Investigating novel approaches to improving prevention, diagnosis or treatment of mental health conditions in people from marginalised communities. We are interested in funding a project that addresses the mental health of a minoritized community such as people from the LGBTQIA+ community, people from minority ethnic communities, or refugees and migrant communities.


We invite applications from UK Universities for these Scholarships. Deadline for applications is 22nd May 2023

The full information about how to apply, please read the guidelines and complete the relevant form. 


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

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

Exclusions: We only fund Universities in the UK, supervisors have to be based in UK Universities. We do not currently fund primary research on autism, learning difficulties or dementia; there are other research funders who do fund these important health areas. We also do not fund animal research or health services research. 


For each individual Scholarship we can accept only one application per University. Each University can apply for both 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

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