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WPA offer Trainee Psychiatrists & Medical Students Travel Award to attend 23rd World Congress

Updated: May 15, 2023

World Psychiatric Association (WPA) announce fellowships (Travel Awards) for Trainee Psychiatrists and Medical Students to attend the 23rd WPA World Congress of Psychiatry (WCP23) in Vienna, Austria



The WPA has once again announced fellowships (Travel Awards) for Trainee Psychiatrists and Medical Students to attend the WPA WCP23 in Vienna, Austria later this year (28th Sept – 1st Oct 2023). There are two separate prestigious awards, one for all trainees in psychiatry and one for all medical students.







The award for the Trainee Psychiatrists asks candidates to submit an essay of 3000-5000 words (including references) on this topic “Climate Change, Urbanisation, Air Pollution, Natural Disasters: global challenges for mental health, resilience, and recovery”.


Whereas the award for the Medical Students invites applicants to submit an essay of up to 750 words on the theme “The Interface of Physical and Mental Health”.


Both travel fellowship awards offer the successful candidates USD $2000, which will cover the travel, accommodation and registration fee costs to attend WCP23 in Vienna. The winners will also be acknowledged at WPA Annual Conference in Vienna. This prize will be claimed directly from WPA.


Deadline and Schedule:


Medical Students Travel Award:

All submissions must be submitted to drirumaamer@kemu.edu.pk, including “WPA MEDICAL STUDENT COMPETITION by midnight (GMT) on the 10th of May 2023. The judging panel hope to make a final decision by 20th June 2023.


More information on this fellowship, the requirements and deadlines can be found here.


Residents and Trainees in Psychiatry award:

All submissions must be submitted to kam.bhui@psych.ox.ac.uk, including ‘WPAESSAYPRIZE’ in the subject heading, by 16:00 (CET) on the 30th of April 2023. The judging panel hopes to make a final decision by the 30th of June 2023.


More information on this fellowship, the requirements and deadlines can be found here.

WPA Working Group on Medical Students and WPA Collaborating Centres are pleased to support these awards and are looking forward to receiving some interesting and enriching submissions as well as welcoming the winners in Vienna.


With the theme “Psychiatry: current knowledge and perspectives for action”, this year’s WCP23 is set to be an excellent event. We will examine and discuss all the crucial issues in psychiatry and mental health and are setting up an exciting scientific program with numerous sessions and lectures that convey our present scientific and technological revolution. Delegates will certainly profit from up-to-date research data, the best lectures from experts in all fields of mental health, high-quality scientific content, interaction between mental health & other health & social care professionals, patients and carers, and relevant peer-to-peer networking.


We look forward to meeting our colleagues and thought leaders from across the globe for learning, sharing, and networking.


Author: Prof. Afzal Javed, President – WPA

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Unknown member
Jun 20, 2023

When will the results of Medical Students Travel Reward be declared?

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