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Careers and professional development, Race, ethnicity and culture

Black and Asian Psychologists Fund re-opens for applications

The second round of applications are invited for the fund launched last year to help members from Black and Asian backgrounds further their psychological careers.

23 February 2024

By BPS Communications

Applications for support towards professional development, (including CPD), of Black and Asian psychologists/trainee psychologists in the UK can be made until 28 March 2024.

So far, 31 applicants have received funding from the scheme totalling just over £14,467, with grants ranging in amount from £169 to around £1,116.  Most applicants (77 per cent) were from clinical and counselling psychology.

Grants have been awarded to fund a range of activities including those related to gaining a specific psychology qualification, attendance at conferences, training in specific therapies, such as EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing ), supervision and continuing professional development.

Dr Yetunde Ade-Serrano and Dr Ohemaa Nkansa-Dwamena, who were integral in the formation of the fund and are co-chairs of the fund panel, said:

“Applications submitted in the first round gave us an insight into the different areas where funding might make an impact, although regrettably we were unable to meet all the requests submitted.

“However, we hope that the fund will continue to grow, allowing more members to access training and CPD which they might not otherwise have the opportunity to do.”

As well as helping Black and Asian psychologists to develop professionally, it is hoped the fund will help to enhance the UK psychological workforce by making the psychology workforce more representative of the communities it serves and addressing barriers to career progression.

report published in 2021 by the BPS found that People from Black and Asian backgrounds are less likely to hold senior NHS roles and are less likely to be accepted onto practitioner psychology training courses.

The fund stands on its own under the governance of the Practice Board and applications are considered by a panel.

How to apply 

Find out how to apply for a grant from the Black and Asian Psychologist fund here

Read our blog on how a member who received support in the first round has benefited from the fund.