King’s IoPPN Clinician Investigator Scholarship 2017

The King’s IoPPN Clinician Investigator Scholarship was established in January 2017, through a generous philanthropic donation, to support masters and PhD scholarships in the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN). The IoPPN is a leading centre for mental health and related neurosciences research in Europe. It is one of the top 25 higher education institutions in the world, and ranked 1st in Europe for Psychiatry & Psychology.

What is the King’s IoPPN Clinician Investigator Scholarship?

The scholarships are aimed at encouraging current MBBS students and GKT Medical School Alumni to pursue research in the area of mental health and neurosciences. This scholarship will be awarded based on merit.

The scholarships are available for all full-time Home/EU fee status students undertaking masters and PhD programmes in the IoPPN, starting in Sept 2017.

Each student will receive a £20,000 scholarship, for the duration of their studies, per year.

Am I eligible?

For the Masters’ Programmes, applicants must:

  • be planning to undertake a MSc at the IoPPN or have firmly accepted an offer of a place;
  • be a graduate of GKT School of Medicine or its affiliates, or if an undergraduate, must have completed at least 3 years of their MBBS course, and have undertaken a clinical attachment in either psychiatry or neurology;
  • agree to provide an end of year report and a letter of thanks to the donor and attend events where necessary.
  • provide a written personal statement (up to 1000 words) including:
  • why they wish to undertake this course of study;
  • an example of a piece of academic work (e.g. a scientific publication or clinical report) that they have undertaken;
  • evidence of strong academic ability

For the PhD/MD (Res) Programmes, applicants must:

  • have firmly accepted an offer of a studentship at the IoPPN or have had a proposal for a PhD or MD(Res) approved by the relevant KCL/IoPPN Higher Degrees committee:
  • be a graduate of GKT School of Medicine, or be about to graduate, or be an intercalating MBBS student at GKT (PhD only)
  • agree to provide end of year reports annually during the course of their study and a letter of thanks to the donor on completion of their degree and attend events where necessary
  • provide an outline of their research proposal
  • provide a written personal statement (up to 1500 words) including:
  • why they wish to undertake a research degree in the fields of psychiatry/psychology/neuroscience
  • an example of a piece of academic work (eg a scientific publication or clinical report) that they have undertaken
  • evidence of strong academic ability

How do I apply?

Download an application form.

The application form should be completed, scanned and emailed to

Alternatively it may be posted to Student Funding Office.

You must submit word/pdf versions of your supporting statement and research proposal. These should be emailed to

The deadline for applications is 30 June2017.

When will I know the outcome of my application?

Provided your application form has been accurately completed and the appropriate documentary evidence supplied, you will be notified of the decision by 31 July 2017.

Deposits are not required until a decision has been made on the scholarships, unsuccessful scholarship candidates will need to pay their programme deposit within two weeks of the outcome.

Where can I get further information?

To find out more about the Scholarship scheme, please contact the Student Funding Office.


Student Researcher Opportunity


Mind has identified that students are at high risk of developing mental health problems,
and have developed an app that aims to improve the wellbeing and resilience of students.

They are launching a beta version of the app at the beginning of the 2015 / 2016 academic
year in two pilot universities: Bournemouth and King’s College London. Mind’s Research
and Evaluation team are conducting research to understand users’ experience of the app
and its impact on their mental health.

They are looking to recruit 4 student researchers (2 from each university) with experience of mental health problems, either personally or through a close relative or friend, to join the research team.

More information about the role can be found below. Click on each image to enlarge.

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Peer Support: Looking for New Trainees for 2015-16

King’s Counselling Service is inviting postgraduate students to apply by Friday the 30th of October to become Peer Supporters. The training will equip you with a range of transferable skills in listening, communicating and relating to others. If you are interested in applying please complete the application form, accessible via the link at the bottom of this post.

The training will focus on non-judgmental, active listening, giving you the necessary skills to help fellow students talk through their problems or concerns and explore their options. Once trained, you will join a panel of Peer Supporters within your Faculty and must commit to being available in your role for a minimum of one year.

Research shows that usually students will initially seek support for personal problems from their peers. However, while those peers often want to support their friends they can be at a loss to know how best to help, especially in a moment of crisis. People often report feeling afraid of saying or doing the ‘wrong’ thing, or of feeling burdened by the enormity of a friend’s problem or they may hold a confidence longer than is healthy or safe.

The Peer Support programme offers excellent training and continuing supervision which enhances and makes safer the existing provisions within King’s. The scheme forms a key part of the outreach and training programme within the Counselling Service and KCLSU/King’s joint Time to Change commitment.

Supporters are often the first and only stop for those seeking help and, utilising trained skills, can often help others before a problem becomes severe. Additionally, speaking to a peer may be more acceptable to some students than visiting a professional counsellor. Trained Peer Supporters can help their fellow students work through any stigma attached to mental health issues/counselling and support them during a referral process, should one be needed.

Groups of approximately 15 students train together over 25 hours, including 2 full training days and 3-4 afternoons/evenings. Training includes group work, role play, scenarios, listening based exercises, presentations on topics around mental health from anxiety and depression to myths and facts around suicide as well as appropriate referral pathways, and is interactive as much as possible. Attendance at all training sessions is a pre-requisite.

The training is run by Stevie Griffiths (Head of Counselling), Jo Levy (Deputy Head of Counselling), and Jim Spears (Psychotherapist/Specialist trainer). If you would like to become a Peer Supporter please complete the application form and email it to as soon as possible, or by Friday the 30th of October at the latest.

2015 Peer Support Application Form

Arts & Humanities PhD Case Studies: A Portfolio Academic Career

This interview, and the others to follow over the next few weeks, are with the employers represented at the recent King’s College London Arts & Humanities PhD careers event. They have been written by PhD candidate Valeria Valotto, to whom we are very grateful!

From PhD to Lecturer and Chaplain: A Case of Portfolio Career

Revd. Dr. Rosie Andrious

Current position: Rosie is New Testament teacher at KCL and Chaplain for Imperial College Healthcare Trust.

Starting point:

After reading Theology I completed an MA at King’s, where I then returned for my PhD after being ordained. Prior and alongside my PhD I was a mental health chaplain for fourteen years for the South of London and Maudsley Mental Health Trust.

What was your first step outside academia?

There was never a moment when I ‘leaped’ outside academia. Throughout the PhD I have been building a portfolio career, combining research and teaching with full-time chaplaincy.

How did you make it?

My previous role as chaplain was crucial in allowing me to carve out my unique career profile. While doing the PhD I had been teaching, it was natural to continue this activity alongside my job as a chaplain, which provides financial stability.