Funding Call: Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology

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Funding Call for Interdisciplinary Expansion Sandpit Competition of the Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology Project Wellcome Trust funded (Deadline 1 June 2023).

Interdisciplinary Expansion Sandpit Competition of the Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology Project

Through the support of the Wellcome Trust, the Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology project, which is jointly led by Professors Matthew Broome and Giovanni Stanghellini, will provide a £1500 stipend for researchers in phenomenological psychopathology, or other allied disciplines, who want to spark new ideas in the field by organising a sandpit event. A sandpit event is one where academics from various academic and institutional backgrounds collaborate in creative ways over a set period of time. The provided funding can be used for online or in person support. The goal of such an event is to generate innovative, interdisciplinary research groups and projects under a given theme. Under this project, the sandpit event would bring together interdisciplinary researchers (for example, from the humanities, social sciences or clinical practice) and experts by experience to expand the disciplines in the group, and to develop new groupings and responses to the problem of renewing and reinvigorating phenomenological psychopathology. Following the completion of the interdisciplinary expansion sandpit, awardees are required to submit a 750-word summary detailing the outputs of the event.

The Application Process

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Either a 750-word proposal or a 5-minute video that tells us what your sandpit event would look like, the disciplines you intend to bring together, what the group’s focus will be in addressing renewing phenomenological psychopathology and what kind of outputs you expect to produce. Your proposed sandpit will need to comply with the BPA/SWIP guidelines for accessible conferences: Guidelines for Accessible Conferences.pages (
  • A 100-word biography and brief 1-page CV for each applicant (if you are submitting as a team a biography would be required for each member).
  • Please send all application materials as one pdf document.

Submissions should be sent to [email protected]. The deadline for applications is 1st of June (midnight UK).

Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology team and our International Advisory Board. While we will notify all applicants of the outcome of their submission, we will not supply individual feedback on the applications which are unsuccessful.


You must hold a PhD in a relevant field or have equivalent research or lived experience.

An important aspect of this project is to diversify the field of Phenomenological Psychopathology. We encourage applications from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives and experiences to maximise innovation in the field. We are particularly keen to receive submissions from female applicants, gender diverse applicants, early career researchers, those with lived experience of mental health difficulties, and researchers from the global south/non-WEIRD (western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic) countries.


The team will be happy to provide adjustments to ensure that people from the widest range of backgrounds can participate fully in the selection process. If you need an adjustment when accessing the application form, or for any other part of the application process, please contact the team at [email protected] and they will do our best to accommodate you.

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You can find out more the Project here: Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology

The Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology project aims to apply interdisciplinary approaches to phenomenological psychopathology and diversify the field more broadly. It is an International Exchange Award funded by the Wellcome Trust and runs from April 2022 to April 2024. The leaders of the project are Professors Matthew Broome and Giovanni Stanghellini.

Although phenomenological psychopathology has done much to expand our understanding of mental disorders, the tradition remains somewhat fossilized in the humanities and social sciences of the mid-20th century. We aim to infuse phenomenological psychopathology with the recent contributions of analytic philosophy of mind, hermeneutics, structuralist/post-structuralist philosophy, history, literature, values-based practice, developmental psychology, lived experience, service user research, and, of course, new approaches and inputs coming from phenomenological psychopathology itself. In addition, we hope to generate diverse international scholarship from across disciplines and career stages, to develop scholars’ research leadership and management activities and to engage in award activities including international exchange fellowships, small grants, and knowledge exchange events. The award commences the reconstruction of phenomenological psychopathology for the 21st Century as a democratic discipline with a historicized and inclusive account of the experience of mental ill health.