International Exchange Fellowship

Applications for Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology- An International Exchange Fellowship.
The Call for Applicants Deadline is the Tuesday the 1st November 2022


This fellowship allows an individual to travel to sites across our network in order to undertake a placement for up to 2 months. This funding is for academics in the field of phenomenological psychopathology, or allied fields, who want to develop collaborations with leading researchers, transform their careers, and shape the direction of future research. International Exchange Fellows will have the opportunity to work with international colleagues, gain vital experience in multi-/inter-disciplinary working, and extend their international networks.

Through the support of the Wellcome Trust, the Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology project will provide a £3000 stipend per International Exchange (IE) Fellow to cover travel, accommodation, and any visa costs. We will be making 2 such awards each year of the program: 2 will be awarded between April 2022- April 2023 and a further 2 between April 2023- April 2024.

The Project

Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology is a new project that 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 will run from April 2022 to April 2024. The leaders of the project are 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 and service user research. In addition, we hope to generate diverse international scholars from across disciplines and career stages to develop their research leadership and management activities and to engage in award activities including international exchange fellowships small grants, and knowledge exchange events. The award will commence the reconstruction of phenomenological psychopathology for the 21st century as a democratic discipline with a historicized and inclusive account of the experience of mental illness.

For more details on the project, please visit our website:

Our Network

Our project has developed a large-scale international network of leading academics in the field of phenomenological psychopathology. Details of our network partners can be found here: Network sites – University of Birmingham.
While we encourage applicants to consider choosing one of the existing Network members, applicants are welcome to nominate an alternative suitable institution if this institution is interested in becoming a member of our Network.

The Application Process

Applicants are required to submit:
A letter from the proposed host institution within our network in support of your application, and stating their agreement to host the fellowship. You are encouraged to contact a member of the network well in advance of the IE fellowship deadline to avoid disappointment.
Either a 750-word written proposal or a 5-minute video that tells us what you will gain from the fellowships (skills, networks, new disciplines, etc.) and the outputs you plan to produce. Be realistic with what can be produced within the 2-month placement.
A CV, no longer than a single page (Arial, 11)
A 100-word biography
Submissions should be sent to [email protected]. The deadline for the first round of applications will be the 1st of November 2022 (midnight UK).

Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology team and our international advisory board. We intend to inform participants if they have been successful by December 2022. While we will notify all applicants of the outcome of their submission, we will not supply individual feedback on the applications which are unsuccessful. If you are unsuccessful in the first funding round you are welcome to apply for the second funding round in 2023.


Applicants must be supported by an institution in the network.

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

Research must be within the remit of renewing phenomenological psychopathology. We would be particularly interested in submissions that adopt an interdisciplinary approach to phenomenological psychopathology.

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, early career researchers, those with lived experience, and researchers from the global south/non-WEIRD (western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic) countries.


We 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 us at [email protected] and we will do our best to accommodate you.

If you have any queries, we warmly encourage you to contact us at [email protected].