WPA in collaboration with the
Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, UK

The World Psychiatric Association, as part of its Action Plan 2008-2011, has launched a programme of research fellowships for early-career psychiatrists from low- or lower-middle income countries, in collaboration with internationally recognized Centers of Excellence in Psychiatry.


Within this programme, the World Psychiatric Association is funding a one-year international mental health research fellowship in collaboration with the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London.


The Institute of Psychiatry’s program in international mental health focuses upon the interface between mental health and many acknowledged priorities in global health, such as maternal and child health, HIV and other infectious diseases, suicide, migration and chronic diseases.


The purpose of this research fellowship is to provide an introduction to the field through attendance at two short course modules (mental health services research and international mental health), followed by a research internship based in the Institute of Psychiatry’s Health Service and Population Research Department. In addition to attending departmental and Institute of Psychiatry educational programs (journal club, case conferences, grand rounds, Maudsley debates, epidemiology interest group, Health Service and Population Research Department seminars), the fellow is expected, with supervision and support, to either develop a detailed research protocol to be implemented in his/her country, or to analyse and write up research data that he/she has previously collected, or to conduct a secondary analysis of epidemiological data available to supervisors.


Applications are invited from psychiatrists less than 40 years of age or with less than five years elapsed since completion of residency training. The list of eligible countries (low- or lower-middle income countries) is available on the World Bank website (http://www.worldbank.org).


The fellowship holder will receive a subsidy of 30,000 Euros plus coverage of travel expenses (economy class). He/she will commit himself/herself to report to the World Psychiatric Association about the results of his/her activity, and to apply in his/her country of origin what he/she has learnt.


Applicants should submit by e-mail their curriculum vitae to the WPA Secretariat (wpasecretariat@wpanet.org). The deadline for applications is November 30, 2009.




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