ARC Mental Health Fellowship

Applications for the ARC Mental Health Fellowship programme 2022 are now closed.

Who is the fellowship aimed at:

This fellowship is for people based in the East of England who work in an area of mental health, including mental health practitioners, clinicians, NHS managers, health and social care practitioners and those who work in education or third-sector settings. The Mental health fellowship is aimed at people who are keen to develop an understanding of the research environment, and to develop skills in research methodology, service redesign and change management. The focus is on local applied research and evaluation projects, building local capacity for evidence-informed practice, and facilitating networking across health and social care.

What will the fellowship involve:

The successful fellows will pursue an 18-month supervised project in an area of mental health. Fellows will spend 12-months on a mental health research project, attend bespoke educational seminars and join an action learning set, followed by 6-months working on a mental health implementation project. This fellowship is a collaboration with the Eastern Academic Health Science Network who will be delivering the implementation project.

The ARC will fund backfill costs for one day a week for 18 months, from April 2022 to the end of September 2023. The maximum funding that the ARC can offer is £18,750 per Fellow. Any applicant interested in applying for a Fellowship must ensure that any funding gap to backfill their one-day-a-week project time will be covered by their own organisation. In the event of a funding gap, the applicant must provide a letter from the organisation confirming this arrangement. 

The successful applicants will be part of the ARC EoE’s Mental Health over the life course theme. Led by Professor Jesus Perez, this theme involves researchers from world class universities (University of Essex, University of Cambridge, University of Hertfordshire and University of East Anglia). Addressing a wide range of areas that impact mental health in the UK, ARC researchers are working towards achieving key aims, such as: building a research infrastructure to fill the damaging gap between physical and mental health services; working to improve identification of children’s and young people’s emotional and wellbeing problems through to adulthood. To find out more about their current projects here.

This is an extension of our highly successful Fellowship scheme which has been running since 2010. Since then over 100 fellowships have been awarded. All of our fellows have come from a wide range of clinical and non-clinical backgrounds — Consultant Psychiatrists, NHS managers, Clinical Psychologists, Consultant Clinical Neuropsychologists, General Practitioners, Registered Nurses, Dieticians and Pharmacists, from all across the East of England.

How to apply:

You should choose a project that interests you. It may be something that you have wanted to do for a long time, but haven't had the time to dedicate to it. If possible, contact the theme lead, Jesus Perez (and CC in to advise you on your project protocol to ensure it is feasible and fits within the Mental Health over the Life Course theme. Our team will then help support you in identifying a suitable supervisor for your project and offer advice with writing your proposal ready for applying. 

Key dates:

Fellows will begin their fellowship on 1 April 2022 for 18 months until the end of September 2023.

  • Applications open: Friday 26 November
  • Deadline for applications is Friday 28th January.
  • Interviews will be on 28 February
  • Induction day: 7th of April


Applications for 2022 are now closed