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Funding opportunities available for students studying in 2022/23 - now closed

Please note that applicants must be applying to study on a UCL postgraduate programme based at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. The call to submit a funding application for entry onto any relevant programme in the academic year 2022/23 have now closed. Applications will reopen in November 2022 for 2023/24 entry.

All allocations listed are subject to availability of funds for the academic year indicated. 

Introduction

Introduction

The Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families is committed to training a new generation of researchers and practitioners who wish to pursue a career in the field of child mental health. We recognise that our profession falls well short of reflecting the diversity of the populations and communities we serve. We also recognise that training in this field is expensive and takes time. This means that the potential cost of postgraduate study can deter many talented individuals.

In line with our EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) ambitions we are pleased to be able to offer a number of bursaries and scholarships to our most promising and aspiring prospective candidates, current students as well as alumni.

 

Application Process

Application Process

Applications are now open for our bursaries/scholarships for 2022/23 entry onto a relevant programme delivered at the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families. 

Full information on each scholarship is now available on the relevant tabs. 

To apply for our scholarships, please complete our PGS Bursaries & Scholarship Application Form (click here to download the form) and submit this by midday (12:00 UK time) on Monday 7th February 2022 to pgsmarketing@annafreud.org 

Alumni applications to the Chesser Bursary: please note that you are only eligible if you recently successfully completed your studies on one of the relevant postgraduate programmes offered at the Centre.

Masters Bursaries - Academic Research

Masters Bursaries - Academic Research

These bursaries are available to students who have formally been offered a place on one of the following Masters programmes, with their first year of enrolment in September 2022:

- Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology MRes

- Early Child Development and Clinical Applications MSc.

Click here to view the full scholarship guidance

Dr Alex Holder Scholarship – MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice

Dr Alex Holder Scholarship – MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice

This Scholarship has been established to commemorate the significant contribution Dr Alex Holder made to the field of psychology and aims to support others to follow in his footsteps. Dr Alex Holder (1931-2018) dedicated his working life to child and adult psychoanalysis. Alex trained at the Anna Freud Centre, where he worked for almost 30 years helping children and families.

One scholarship with a value of full tuition fees as advertised for the programme in 2022-23 plus 50% of estimated living costs (over a two-year period) is available for a student who has applied for a place on the MSc in Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice, for entry in September 2022.

Click here to view the full scholarship guidance

Future in Mind Scholarship for Black UK Students

Future in Mind Scholarship for Black UK Students

At the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, we are keen to support students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in child mental health research or practice. British candidates of African and Caribbean descent in particular are currently under-represented in this subject field, including at UCL. We recognise that this lack of diversity limits our potential to drive advances in research and clinical practice in child mental health. This Scholarship was established following feedback from staff and students and a growing recognition of the need to take positive action.

One scholarship with a value of £4,500 (total of £9,000 over a two-year period) is available for a student who has applied for a place on one of the following Masters programmes, for entry in September 2022:

- Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology MRes

- Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice MSc

- Early Child Development and Clinical Applications MSc.

Click here to view the full scholarship guidance

Asquith Mature Student Bursary

Asquith Mature Student Bursary

At the Anna Freud National Centre for Children and Families, we are keen to support students from diverse backgrounds who wish to pursue a career in child mental health research or practice. This bursary is aimed at supporting candidates undertaking further studies at a later stage in life or who are seeking to return to study after some time.

One bursary with a value of £4,500 per year of study (total of £9,000 over a two-year period) is available for a student who has applied for a place on one of the following Masters programmes, for entry in September 2022:

- Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology MRes

- Developmental Psychology and Clinical Practice MSc

- Early Child Development and Clinical Applications MSc.

Click here to view the full scholarship guidance

Chesser Bursary

Chesser Bursary

Note: Applications normally open for a two-week period between Oct-Dec each year, subject to availability of funding.

  • Value: To be agreed by the panel but normally no more than £3,000 across one academic year of study.
  • Applicable to current students only, who are enrolled on the following programmes and are interested in pursuing a future career in child psychotherapy:
    • MSc Early Child Development and Clinical Applications.
  • Also applicable to Anna Freud Centre alumni wishing to pursue a child psychotherapy training having recently studied on the MSc Early Child Development and Clinical Applications or the MSc Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology.
  • Eligibility Criteria:
    • Based on both academic merit and financial need.
    • Applicants should also be seeking to undertake child psychotherapy training in the future and are assessed on their strengths in this regard.
    • Ordinarily applicable to permanent residents in the UK.
    • Current students or recent alumni that are able to demonstrate they are actively pursuing a career in child psychotherapy whilst residing in the UK may also be eligible. 
The Barbara Throckmorton Drinka Scholarship

The Barbara Throckmorton Drinka Scholarship

The Barbara Throckmorton Drinka Scholarship

Note: Application deadline TBC

This scholarship has been established in memory of Barbara Ann Throckmorton Drinka (1943-2020), a practicing psychoanalyst and psychotherapist.

Barbara was born in Kansas City and attended Iowa State University from 1961-1965, earning a degree in Child Development. During that time, she took a practicum at the Merrill-Palmer Institute in Detroit, Michigan. She channelled her love of working with children into teaching sixth grade students in suburban Chicago before moving to Portland, Oregon. She obtained her Master's in Clinical Social Work in 1976 from Portland State University. In 1982, she completed a fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital, Boston MA, where she met her husband, George Drinka. In the following years, she was enrolled in a doctoral program at Smith College and continued clinical training at Boston Children's. She and George relocated to Portland, where she began a private practice in psychotherapy with children, but later expanded her practice to focus on deeper work with adults. She completed advanced training in psychoanalysis in 2006 at Oregon Psychoanalytic Center. She was the first graduate of the Center to become nationally certified in psychoanalysis.

Value: £2,250 per year of study (total of £4,500 over a two-year period)

Applicable to candidates interested in applying to the following programme, where the curriculum is primarily orientated towards psychoanalytic education and training:

  • MSc Early Child Development and Clinical Applications.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Based on both academic merit and financial need.
  • Ordinarily applicable to permanent residents in the UK only.
  • Students currently underrepresented in the field in the UK, including students from Black and minoritised ethnic backgrounds, and other minoritised groups.
  • At least half of all recipients of the scholarship will be individuals who identify as female. 

Funding Your Masters

We recognise that funding for postgraduate study at Masters level is limited. Most UCL students bring together different funding sources to help cover their costs. Find out about the options available by visiting: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/scholarships/funding-students-postgraduate-taught-courses

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