Research grants

BACP research grants are offered to support high-quality ethical research that contributes to the evidence base, and which is relevant to the fields of counselling, psychotherapy or coaching. We’re offering two grant types both aimed at supporting projects that align with BACP's organisational strategy and our over-arching research priority of client-focussed research. We’re currently offering grants to support collaborative research and secondary data analysis

The deadline for applications for these grants has now passed and details on how to apply for future grants will be available here in due course.

BACP new researcher award 2025

Are you currently doing research as part of your training? Or have you completed a research project within the last 24 months?

Research that is relevant to practice is vitally important in our field. Don’t let your research sit on a shelf and gather dust. Share your work and let your contribution to counselling and psychotherapy be better known. Why not submit your research for the 2025 BACP new researcher award?


Submissions are invited from current full-time or part-time registered students, or those who have graduated in the last 24 months. Submissions may be co-authored (e.g. with a research supervisor) but you must be the first author and a previously unpublished researcher in our field at the time of submission for the award.

You may submit research that is under consideration or accepted for publication in a scholarly journal (you will be asked to verify this at submission).

All submissions must adhere to the word limit and guidelines below.

How to apply

Details on how to apply for this award for 2025 will be posted here in due course. 

Fabienne dos Santos Sousaa
Annabella Feeny
Pierre Musa (Musa) Halime Wessel


CPCAB counselling research award

The CPCAB counselling research award is designed to raise awareness of research that has important implications for counselling training or practice. By publishing videos about the award-winning projects on the Counselling Channel, it aims to make research more accessible and engaging.

All relevant abstracts submitted to the BACP Research Conference are considered for this prestigious award from the Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body (CPCAB).

For a full description go to the CPCAB research award application information (PDF 120KB). 

How to apply

Details on how to apply for this award for 2025 will be posted here in due course. 

BACP outstanding research award

This annual award aims to:

  • reward excellence in counselling and psychotherapy research
  • increase awareness of the evidence base of counselling, psychotherapy and its guiding principles
  • improve the overall quality of counselling and psychotherapy research by example
  • encourage and inspire future research in counselling and psychotherapy


This award is open to anyone who has undertaken research into counselling and psychotherapy within the last three years (36 months). 

You may submit a paper that has already been published or an original paper.

It is not restricted to any particular methodology, group or setting, and entries can be submitted by an individual, a research team, or a researcher on behalf of an organisation. Or, you can nominate another party.

How to apply

No award was made in 2024.

Details on how to apply for this aware for 2025 will be posted here in due course. 

Community minded research award

Are you a PhD or doctoral researcher from a racialised background? Does your research address the mental health concerns or psychological trauma that directly affects people from racialised communities? Does it focus on the role of counselling and psychotherapy provision in supporting the psychological and mental health needs of people from racialised communities?

Racialised refers to minority ethnic, racial and cultural communities where white-majority systems have categorised them according to the colour of their skin or other cultural or religious features, and in doing so have othered and marginalised them.

BACP has partnered with Community Trauma Conference UK to offer this award. All relevant abstracts submitted to and accepted by the BACP conference peer review panel, are considered.

The award winner must present their research at BACP’s annual international research conference. They will receive £500 from Community Trauma Conference UK and a free place at the conference where they will be presented with the award.

How to apply

Details on how to apply for this award for 2025 will be posted here in due course. 

Nicole Samuel

PhD studentships

We occasionally provide financial support for students undertaking part-time PhD research on counselling and psychotherapy. Unfortunately we’re not able to run a studentship competition in this academic year.

PhD or doctoral membership fee waiver scheme

Members who are currently registered on a PhD course in counselling and psychotherapy are invited to apply for our membership fee waiver scheme. This entitles you to one year’s free BACP membership. We have 36 free memberships available for this year.

You must apply annually, but you can apply for up to three years. These do not have to be consecutive as long as you are still registered on your course. You can apply at any time, so don’t wait until your membership renewal date.

To apply please complete the online fee waiver application form. As part of the application you'll need to upload a letter from your university confirming that you are currently studying for a PhD in counselling and psychotherapy.

If you have any questions about applying please contact