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Pathfinder Fellowships


Three year Pathfinder Fellowships offer unique opportunities to support medical students and foundation doctors interested in pursuing careers in Psychiatry.

Applications for the intake of January 2018 are now open. The deadline for applying is Monday 16 October 2017. Please read all the details below on how to apply.


Can I apply?

Medical students in their penultimate year of study who are interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry can apply.

We are looking for 10 students who can demonstrate a commitment and interest in psychiatry. Please note that if you have previously applied you are not eligible to apply again.

We are seeking the next generation of psychiatrists to lead the profession into the future.


How do I apply?

To apply, please submit the following by Monday 16 October 2017:

  • A covering letter (maximum 500 words)
  • An up-to-date CV that provides details of your academic achievements to date (maximum 3 pages of A4)
  • A proposal for your research project, elective placement, special study module (SSM) or student selected component (SSC) in psychiatry (maximum 1 side of A4). The proposal should include: abstract, introduction/background, justification, methodology and references

All documents should be in Arial font size 11 and with normal page margins.

Please send your submission to with the subject title of “Pathfinder Fellowship Application 2018”.

Interview dates: Tuesday 7 or Wednesday 8 November 2017.

If you have any queries regarding the Fellowship, please email:

Your name and contact details will be shared with relevant College Officers, representatives of the College and all Pathfinder Fellows from all cohorts. This information will only be used for activities relating to the Pathfinder Fellowship. Please inform us if you do not wish for your details to be shared.

Closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 16 October 2017.


What are the benefits?

The Pathfinder Fellowship award is worth up to £5000 over 3 years and includes the following fantastic benefits:


  • Funding for an elective / research / SSM or SSC in psychiatry you will be given funding (maximum £1500) as a contribution towards the cost of a research project, elective placement, special study module (SSM) or a student selected component (SSC) in psychiatry in the UK or overseas.
  • Mentoring - you will be assigned a mentor to give you advice and support during the 3 years you are a Pathfinder Fellow.
  • CPD Online - you will be given free access to the Royal College of Psychiatrists' CPD online modules. Over 180 modules and 90 podcasts to keep you up to date with new research and best practice psychiatry.
  • International Congress - you will be given free registration to attend International Congress of the Royal College of Psychiatrists each year over the 3 years. Includes a formal dinner with Academic Faculty and College Officers. A contribution towards accommodation and travel will be given.
  • College events - you will be invited to the Royal College of Psychiatrists for special events to meet senior College Officers and Members.
  • Psychiatry related activities – opportunity to apply for other relevant events and activities.
  • Journal subscriptions - you will be given free print copies of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' journals: The British Journal of Psychiatry; Advances in Psychiatric Treatment; and The Psychiatrist.
  • Social media profile - your Pathfinder profile will appear on our website. The Facebook Student Associate page and Twitter feed for Student Associates @Choose_Psych allows you to share experiences and will connect you to other Pathfinder Fellows #PathfinderFellowship

If you have any queries please email:


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Meet our current Pathfinder Fellows, their hopes for the Fellowship and also their advice to prospective applicants.