Jim Birley Scholarships

In honor of its late Past Chairman Dr. Jim L.T. Birley, the Board of the Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry has decided to establish a 

Jim Birley Scholarship

For young mental health professionals and other stakeholders who have shown exemplary commitment to issues of human rights in mental health.

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In November 2013, the Board of the Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry decided to honor its late Past Chairman Dr. Jim Birley by instituting a scholarship focusing on issues that Dr. Birley was especially committed to: issues of human rights in mental health, and stimulating young mental health professionals and other stakeholders to pay special attention to the rights of persons with mental illness.

The Jim Birley Scholarship will be provided once a year during a high visibility event (e.g. the Annual Meeting of the British Royal College of Psychiatrists) to a young mental health professional (under 35 years of age) or another stakeholder (user, family-member or carer) who has shown exemplary commitment to the issue of human rights in mental health.

Per year up to two scholarships of 5,000 euro each will be awarded. The scholarships are to be used for a cause to be proposed by the winners that contribute to the strengthening of human rights in the field of mental health.

A committee consisting of four members, including a member of the Birley family, will select the winners from the submitted nominations or submissions.

Candidates for the Jim Birley Scholarship should write a letter explaining why they should be eligible, providing details about their background, what they have done to further human rights in mental health, and what they intend to do with the scholarship, as well as two letters of recommendation, and send it to the Federation Global Initiative on Psychiatry by April 1. The Selection Committee will then select the winners of that year.

The first award ceremony is planned for 2015.

To make your donation to the Jim Birley Scholarship Fund click here: donate

 

For an obituary of Jim Birley published in The Psychiatric Bulletin of the Royal College of Psychiatrists click here