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MQ announces Fellows Award funding call with focus on young people’s mental health

We've just announced the launch of a funding call for our Fellows Award - supporting researchers to explore new and better ways to understand, treat and prevent mental illness.

Our 2020 funding call is specifically focused on children and young people’s mental health, aligning with the work of our Brighter Futures Programme.  

Our Fellows Award supports talented, early-career researchers with bold ideas from across the globe, who aspire to be the next generation of leaders in mental health research. It's open to scientists from all disciplines related to mental health research. Research may involve theoretical, experimental, social sciences or medical humanities approaches.

This year we are looking for researchers with projects that can deliver genuine impact in young people’s mental health, through developing or testing preventative or therapeutic interventions.

Professor Marcus Munafò, Chair of the Fellows Committee, said:
“The Fellows Award is a unique opportunity for early career researchers who want to make a real difference and transform what it means to experience mental illness for generations to come.

It lets them establish themselves as independent, world-leading scientists, and join an incredible community of MQ researchers who are passionate about improving our understanding of mental health and developing new treatments.” 

Helen Munn, Acting CEO of MQ, said:
“We’re delighted to launch our 2020 Fellows Call, looking for the brightest minds to drive much needed advances in young people’s mental health. Awardees will join a global community of MQ supporters and friends who are championing vital progress in mental health science.” 

Key details:

  • Our Fellows Awards provide up to £225,000 over 3 years to early-career researchers to establish their independence.
  • The submissions window will be open from Monday 24th February - Friday 3rd April 2020 at 17:00 BST.
  • All applications must be made through our electronic application portal, which will be accessible from 24th February 2020.
  • MQ supports a bio-psycho-social approach to mental health, spanning neuroscience, clinical research, data science, developmental science, social science, psychology, behavioural science and beyond.

Read more about our current Fellows projects or, if you have any queries regarding this funding opportunity, contact MQ directly at

Last updated: 6 January 2020

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