PhD studentships

Our studentships provide financial support for students undertaking PhD research on topics related to BACP’s strategic aims. The bursaries will cover part-time PhD fees and some expenses up to £7,500 an academic year, for a maximum of five years.

This year we're funding two doctoral bursaries for:

  1. Furthering the evidence base for humanistic therapies
  2. Counselling in care homes

This scheme is for students enrolled on traditional research PhDs only - professional doctorates are not eligible.

Applicants must have a relevant Master’s degree or equivalent research experience, a good record of educational achievement in a relevant discipline, appropriate qualitative and quantitative research training, and be able to demonstrate an aptitude for research through past experience.

For full details including eligibility criteria, project briefs and an application form, please see Apply for a PhD studentship.

The application deadline is noon on 30 April 2018. Interviews will take place on 22 and 23 May.

PhD or doctoral membership fee waiver scheme

We offer 12 bursaries a year for members studying for a doctorate in counselling and psychotherapy. The bursary covers the full cost of one year's BACP membership fee, excluding accreditation fees.

Applications for the 2018 to 2019 bursaries will open in April 2018.

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.

Application process

Applications for the 2018 award have now closed. We'll be inviting applications for the 2019 award later in the year. 

CPR new researcher award

This annual award recognises the best submission to CPR by a new researcher describing any aspect of research in counselling and psychotherapy.

The judges look for:

  • clarity of research aims and research question
  • use of methods appropriate to the research question and CPR's standards and guidelines
  • exploration of the relevant theoretical framework(s)
  • appropriate conclusions
  • contribution to knowledge
  • implications for counselling and psychotherapy practice


This award is open to members and non-members. You must be:

  • a current full time or part time student, or have graduated in the last 24 months
  • a new researcher. Although you may co-author your submission, with your supervisor for example, the research must be your own and the writing primarily yours.

Application process

Applications for the 2018 award have now closed. We'll be inviting applications for the 2019 award later in the year.