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Prestigious Excellence Fellowship Programme launched

7 January 2011

As part of its strategy to continuously enhance and renew its research profile, the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London is launching a new Excellence Fellowship Programme to recruit and develop outstanding early career researchers.  

These prestigious awards will allow young scientists to develop their independent careers as world class academic leaders in their chosen field within mental health and neurosciences. They will also have the opportunity to collaborate in research programmes within the Institute of Psychiatry.

Professor Shitij Kapur, Dean and Head of School IoP at King’s said:  “The IoP has been and continues to be dedicated to developing the next generation of scientific leaders. In this program we are looking not only for excellence but also for people who bring new skills to the IoP – skills that synergise what we already have and skills that will open up new areas for others to follow. It is a one-time effort for now. We will learn lessons from this and see how it can be extended.”

Recipients of these awards will compete for academic positions within King’s College London and / or career development or senior fellowships from funders such as the Research Councils. The Excellence Fellowship awards provide initially three years’ salary costs as well as appropriate start up support as a foundation on which to launch their own programme of work.

Professor Til Wykes, Vice-Dean Research IoP at King’s said: “ Prospective candidates should have vision and ambition and the potential to become world leaders in their field.  They will need to demonstrate research training in an internationally competitive setting and show evidence of independent scientific creativity and competitive publications.”

Applicants will have a PhD and are likely to be looking for their second postdoctoral position (clinician-scientists will be considered if they have equivalent research training experience).   Applications will be considered in two stages. The first stage will focus on the excellence of the candidates and their potential match with IoP strengths and strategy. Those shortlisted will be invited to make a more detailed application with the support of an IoP mentor.

Closing date for the first stage is Thursday 3 February 2011.  Further details can be found here.

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