Black and Asian Applied Psychologists Fund

This bi-annual fund will offer small funds aimed at supporting members from Black and Asian backgrounds in furthering their psychological careers and enhancing the UK psychological workforce.

Funding can be applied for to support the professional development (including CPD) of Black and Asian applied psychologists in the UK.

Activities that will be considered include (but are not limited to):

  • Conference attendance
  • The organisation of inclusive and accessible conferences/events for other trainees/professionals
  • The development of research opportunities
  • Attendance at learning and training events
  • Innovation and development in the field
  • Personal therapy for counselling psychologists
  • Clinical/professional supervision

The fund may provide up to £2000 per application.

Depending on the nature of the request and the available resources, the full amount requested may not be available and a partial amount may be offered.

Deadline

This is a bi-annual scheme, with two rounds per year.

2024 March Applications

  • Scheme open date: 01 February 2024
  • Scheme close date: 28 March 2024

Please note: funds will be released in July/August 2024 at the earliest.

2024 October Applications

  • Scheme open date: 01 October 2024 (TBC)

You can only submit one grant application per round. Unsuccessful applicants may apply at the next round. Successful applicants should wait 12 months before reapplying.

Eligibility

Please note: eligibility criteria are subject to change.

Applicants for the fund should be:

  • A UK resident
  • A member of the British Psychological Society
  • An HCPC registered Practitioner Psychologist or a Trainee Practitioner Psychologist

Applicants should also be from one of the below ethnic backgrounds:

  • Mixed/Multiple
    - White and Black Caribbean
    - White and Black African
    - White and Asian
    - Any other Mixed/Multiple ethnic background

  • Asian/Asian British
    - Indian
    - Pakistani
    - Bangladeshi
    - Chinese
    - Any other Asian background

  • Black/African/Caribbean/Black British
    - African
    - Caribbean
    - Any other Black/African/Caribbean background

  • Other ethnic groups
    - Arab
    - Any other ethnic group

Funding Assessment

This fund aims to financially support Black and Asian Applied Psychologists attempting to alleviate associated pressures that can often be a barrier to professional development.

However, due to the limits of this fund we do need to evaluate the merits of each application and may not be able to award to all who apply, or the full amount(s) requested.

Applicants will need to explain:

  • How much funding they are seeking
  • What they are seeking funding for
  • How this supports professional development
  • How it contributes to psychological practice in the UK

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online.

Applications will be assessed by the Black and Asian Applied Psychologists Fund Panel, which reports into the BPS Practice Board, but is independently recruited and made up of Black and Asian Applied Psychologists.

Applications will be anonymised to reduce bias.

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Please note: applicants must declare all personal and professional conflicts of interest. Conflicts of interest will not prevent acceptance of the application but will be borne in mind by the panel when considering the fund.

Successful applicants will need to:

  • Claim their award within 31 days of receipt of the fund notification email. If no contact is made BPS reserves the right to return the funds to the funding pot.
  • Submit proof of all spend of the fund.

We will also collect data on how applicants have utilised the funds.

We would like to encourage a reflective piece from successful applicants on how the fund has contributed to their professional development as well as ask that they complete a short feedback form.

Contact Us

For any queries, please contact: [email protected]