Prudence Trust/KCL Fellowship

London (Greater) (GB)
£47,018 - £51,069 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
18 May 2022
End of advertisement period
12 Jun 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term

Job description

With support from the Prudence Trust, Kings College London has funding available for a 3-year Fellowship in Children and Young people’s Mental Health. The Fellowship is aimed at clinical and non-clinical researchers with a strong research track-record in the field. The Fellowship will start between 1st Oct 2022-1st Jan 2023.

Research conducted during the Fellowship should be focused on improving the mental health of children and young people (primarily ages 8-25) through prevention or early intervention. Projects should aim to advance understanding of anxiety or depression and build evidence on what works to prevent or treat these conditions. We are interested in projects with clear translational outcomes and projects which look at the impact of both traditional and non-traditional interventions (including but not exclusively social, non-clinical practices). The Fellowship is open to researchers in any discipline (and can be interdisciplinary), but we expect most applicants to be working in applied science, as we hope the research will lead to practical applications and real-life change.

KCL Prudence Trust Fellowships are aimed at talented individuals with a PhD (or equivalent) with 3-7 years of post-doctoral research experience. There is flexibility regarding this time frame for clinical Fellows and those who have taken career breaks. The purpose of the Fellowships is to help build the career of the brightest individuals in the field who have shown commitment to mental health research and to help them on their way to establishing their independence as a Principal Investigator. We want to support individuals who will embrace and benefit from KCL’s networking and interdisciplinary collaboration opportunities and who have the potential to become international research leaders. The Fellow will work within the new Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People and the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience’ (IoPPN) Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry.

The Fellowship period of 36 months on a full-time basis.  The Fellowship can be undertaken on a part-time basis, and in that instance the term of the Fellowship can be extended accordingly.

Applications are welcomed from non-clinicians and clinicians from psychiatry and psychology backgrounds, provided applicants have the relevant research background and experience and professional skills/qualifications in child and adolescent mental health

The total value of the award is up to £400,000.00. The award will cover the Fellow’s salary (salary + O/H at 80% FEC; equivalent salary range £46,934-£53,335 per annum, depending on experience and clinical qualification) and research costs (100% DI research costs), such as:

  • Continuing professional development and training
  • Equipment, materials, and consumables
  • Travel
  • Patient and public involvement costs
  • Dissemination costs

Fellows are expected to spend at least 80% of their time on research activities. The remainder of the time may be spent on teaching, administrative duties or clinical work (if relevant), but should not hinder progress on their research project.


How to apply 

As part of the application process, applicants must submit a research proposal detailing their planned work. Although Fellowship work will be undertaken in the Pears Maudsley Centre for Children and Young People and the IoPPN Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry the Fellow will be encouraged to collaborate broadly across the IoPPN to deliver their research goals.

Applicants will be selected via a two-step process:

•         Stage 1 (deadline 23:59 on 12th June 2022), applicants will be asked to submit Stage-1 application form.

•         Stage 2 (by invitation, following review of Stage 1 applications; deadline 23:59 on 2nd September 2022), shortlisted applicants will work with internal sponsors to develop a full application and will be interviewed.


To apply, please complete the Stage 1 Application Form


This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract and may be at full-time or part time in agreement with the successful candidate



Key responsibilities Main purpose of the job  

  • To conduct world leading research in children and young people’s mental health, to build evidence on what works to treat anxiety and depression.   
  • To conduct outstanding, creative and innovative research in order to develop internationally renowned outcomes through high quality publications. 
  • To establish an independent research career through developing a unique research programme  

Duties and responsibilities 

•        Generate and pursue independent and original research ideas, design and conduct a successful programme of investigation and develop innovative, world class research. 

•        Publish (as first or senior author) in high quality peer reviewed national and international journals. 

•        Participate in seminars and workshops as appropriate.   

•        Present research at national and international conferences/meetings as appropriate.  

•        Develop research networks locally, nationally and internationally in support of the research programme including facilitating and participating in cross-cutting research collaborations. 

•        Provide guidance to other staff and students in his/her specialist area. 

•        Take part in knowledge transfer activities, as appropriate. 

•        Take part in enabling activities, as appropriate. 

•        Contribute to teaching and training activities relevant to departmental activity.  

•        Seek opportunities to manage own continuing professional development throughout the Fellowship programme. 

•        Actively follow and promote KCL policies, including Equal Opportunities. 

•        Maintain awareness and observation of ethical and research governance regulations, plus fire and health and safety regulations. 

•        Carry out any other duties commensurate with the grade and purpose of the post.  

•        Clinical candidates: There is scope to undertake clinical duties, but as per the Prudence Trust Terms and Conditions, the time devoted to clinical duties  should not exceed  20% FTE .  


The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.  

Skills, knowledge, and experience

Essential criteria  

  1. PhD or equivalent research-related degree in an appropriate discipline.  
  2. Significant postdoctoral research experience  
  3. Recent record of outstanding publications with a strong portfolio of first-author publications in terms of quality of journal and number  
  4. For clinical applicants only: To be considered for clinical pay scales, applicants must have an MBBS degree and GMC registration or equivalent certifications (clinicians) 
  5. Ability to conduct independent research  
  6. A developed and ambitious approach to the key directions for future research in an identified area which is independent of prior supervisors or proposed collaborators  
  7. Ability to plan and implement a creative and influential independent research programme 
  8. Strong communication skills required to disseminate findings and influence the research field 
  9. Resourceful and able to act on own initiative 
  10. Proactive and creative independent thinker 

Desirable criteria

  1. Indicators of influence and reputation in the field, e.g., invitations to national/international conferences, publication of review articles/book chapters, impact on policy, patents 
  2. Demonstrated experience in research-related enabling activities, e.g., serving as peer reviewer for journals  
  3. Experience in securing research funding, including Fellowships and small grants  
  4. Ability to network and effectively build research collaborations 
  5. Demonstrated ability to manage research budgets  
  6. Vision to be a research leader and show an ability to identify and maximise potential in others 

Further information

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.