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 successful candidate will spend one year attending 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.
The selected fellow is Dr. Abiodun Adewuya from Nigeria. His fellowship will start in April 2010.
Forty-one applications were received by the deadline of November 30. The selection was made by Profs. Martin Prince, Shitij Kapur and Mario Maj.