The John, Margaret, Alfred and Stewart Sim Fellowship provides funding for any graduates in Medicine and Science to research the causes or treatment of depression.  Applicants may request funding for up to three years, with a total cost of up to £200,000, including on-costs and essential research expenses. FEC will not be funded. The College also welcomes applications linking long-term/chronic conditions with depression.


The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh is keen that this fund fosters mental health research and the academic careers of early or intermediate researchers. There is no geographical or organisational restriction on the use of funding.

Application and Selection Process

The Fellowship is open for applications between 1 November 2018 and closes on 28 February 2019. The application form is available below. Applicants must submit a completed application form, CV including a letter of support from their Head of Department/Institution and the name of a nominated external referee to

Applications will be considered by a panel of experts after the closing date and those shortlisted will be invited to interviews in May/June. The shortlisting criteria is below.

Current recipients:

2019-2020 Dr Filippo Queirazza, University of Glasgow – fMRI signatures of depression and response to antidepressants in first episode psychosis

2019-2020 Dr Laura Lyall, University of Glasgow – Understanding how sleep and circadian rhythm disruption influence depression and comorbidity between depression and cardiometabolic disease

2017-20 Dr Calum Moulton, King's College London - Cognitive and somatic subtypes of depression in type 2 diabetes: comparing their correlates, associated complications and targets for treatment

2017-20 Mr Joey Ward, University of Glasgow - Towards precision medicine for depressive disorders

2018-21 Dr Sameer Jauhar, King's College LondonA PET study of psychotic depression, and comparison to other psychotic illnesses

2018-20 Dr Ally Rooney, University of EdinburghComparing the behavioural, functional, cellular, and molecular consequences of single, versus repeated, electroconvulsive shocks

Previous recipients:

2015-18   Dr Heather Whalley, University of Edinburgh - Neurobiology of Depression: Stratified by Genetic Loading for Schizophrenia

2005-2009 Dr Ben Pickard – Investigating the NPAS3 gene, a candidate for genetic susceptibility to depression

1999-2003 Dr Gerome Breen – Pharmacogenics of Lithium Response in Affective Disorders

1999-2002 Dr David Brown –  Elucidation of the molecular effect of serotonin (5HT) upon hippocampal neurones and its relevance to depressive illness

Further Information

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