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Call for applications for a research fellowship
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 research fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry & Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical Centre (UMPC). The successful candidate will spend one year at the UMPC, and will be expected to conduct research in the field of mood disorders. Applications are invited from psychiatrists less than 40 years of age or with less than five years elapsed since completion of residency training. The list of eligible countries (low- or lower-middle income countries) is available on the World Bank website (http://www. The fellowship holder will receive a subsidy of 30,000 Euros plus coverage of travel expenses (economy class). He/she will commit himself/herself to report to the World Psychiatric Association about the results of his/her activity and to apply in his/her country of origin what he/she has learnt. Applicants should submit by e-mail their curriculum vitae to the WPA Secretariat ( The deadline for applications is June 30, 2009.
Call for proposals of research projects to be supported by the WPA and conducted by its scientific sections
The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) is the largest association active in the mental health field worldwide, with 134 Member Societies (national psychiatric societies), in 122 countries, representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists.
The scientific backbone of the Association is represented by its 65 Scientific Sections, covering practically every aspect of psychiatry. According to the WPA statutes, one of the purposes of these Sections is the promotion and conduction of international collaborative research, a purpose which has been only partially achieved up to now, mainly due to financial constraints.
The WPA is going to fund two high-quality research projects proposed by its Scientific Sections. The projects will have to deal with one of the following issues highlighted in the WPA Action Plan 2008-2011:
  • Depression in persons with physical diseases.
  • Stigmatization of psychiatry and psychiatrists.
  • Integration of mental health care into primary care.
  • Protection and promotion of physical health in persons with severe mental disorders.
  • Assessment and development of talents and strengths of persons with mental disorders.
Proposals from individual Sections or networks of Sections are welcome. They will have to include a description of the project (max. 3000 words, including an introduction, the objectives, the methodology and some references), a list of the participating centres, a timetable, and a detailed budget. A short curriculum vitae of the proposed principal investigator(s) is also requested (no more than one page). Proposals will have to be sent by e-mail to the WPA Secretariat ( by June 30, 2009.
The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) is the largest association active in the mental health field worldwide, with 134 Member Societies (national psychiatric societies), representing more than 200,000 psychiatrists, and 65 Scientific Sections. In the WPA Action Plan 2008-2011, one of the objectives is to foster the collaboration between psychiatry and other medical specialties, in all regions of the world, in exploring and addressing the multiple interrelationships between mental disorders and physical diseases. As one of the activities pursuing this objective, the WPA will fund an innovative international project involving research centres in psychiatry and at least one other medical specialty, investigating the epidemiology, pathogenesis, social implications, cultural variation and/or management of the comorbidity between one or more mental disorders and one or more physical diseases. Proposals will have to include a description of the project (max 1200 words), a list of the participating centres, a timetable , a detailed budget, and a short curriculum vitae of the proposed leaders of the project (a lead psychiatrist and a lead specialist of another medical branch). Proposals should be sent by e-mail to the WPA Secretariat ( by June 30, 2010.
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