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Mental Health Economics Scholarship Competition

We're looking for the most talented and diverse minds to join us on our MSc Mental Health Economics programme.

That is why we've designed a scholarship competition to award up to two full tuition fee scholarships to support the development of diverse talent in the sector.

Award value: up to two tuition fee scholarships will be awarded to one UK winner (£14,250) and an international winner (£24,500).

Eligible programme: MSc Mental Health Economics

Eligibility: The competition is open to individuals who directly work in mental health or for an organisation that is professionally engaged in the field of mental health. This competition does not require participants to apply for a place on the MSc programme before entering, but they are expected to verify that they qualify for entry. To find the complete entry requirements for the MSc Mental Health Economics programme, please visit the programme page. A complete application to study full-time on the MSc Mental Health Economics will need to be received by Friday 1 September 2023.

Applications open: 9 February 2023

Applications close: 5pm (BST), 23 June 2023. All entries received by the deadline will be shortlisted and contacted regarding the status of their application, those received after the deadline will not be considered. Winners are expected to be announced by Friday 7 July 2023.

Essay: as part of the application process for the MSc Mental Health Economics scholarship competition, an essay responding to the below question is required. Essays should be up to 800 words. Participants should support their arguments not only with data, research, and other evidence but also with their own experiences. If you have any issues with the form, please contact

Essay question: What can an economics approach contribute to the study of mental health and/or the design of mental health policy?

Post application: following the scholarship application deadline, all complete applications will be considered by a judging panel and up to two winners will be selected.

Judging panel: the judging panel will include:

  • Dr Francesca Cornaglia (MSc Mental Health Economics Co-Director and Reader in Economics at Queen Mary University of London)
  • Dr Mark Freestone (MSc Mental Health Economics Co-Director and Reader in Mental Health at Queen Mary University of London)
  • Professor Scott Cunningham (Professor of Economics at Baylor University and MSc Mental Health Economics Advisory Board Member)
  • Marketing Manager for the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary University of London


Terms and conditions

  1. This scheme is available only to students who apply for and enrol on an eligible course taught in the School of Economics and Finance in the 2023/24 academic year. Scholarships cannot be deferred to subsequent years of study.
  2. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is 23 June 2023 at 5 pm (BST). Any scholarship applications after this date will not be considered.
  3. Preference will be given to those students studying for their first postgraduate degree.
  4. You must undertake a full-time programme. Part-time routes will not be applicable for this scholarship.
  5. You must not be in receipt of any other University scholarship or full-fee scholarship from any other source.
  6. If you are awarded the scholarship, it will be deducted directly from tuition fees payable to the University. You must be able to finance any other fees relating to your programme and living expenses.
  7. The scholarship will be confirmed when you are placed at Queen Mary (your admissions status is 'unconditional firm' (UF)).
  8. The scholarship is awarded by Queen Mary in line with the eligibility criteria and application requirements published above. We reserve the right to withdraw the scholarship if you otherwise become ineligible for the award.
  9. Scholarship awardees will be expected to participate in ambassador activities for the School and Queen Mary University of London as required.
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