PhD or doctoral membership fee waiver scheme

Members who are currently registered on a PhD course are invited to apply for our membership fee waiver scheme. This entitles you to one year’s free BACP membership. We have 12 free memberships available for this year.

You can apply for up to three years, which do not have to be consecutive, as long as you are still registered on your course.   

To apply, please send a current letter from your university stating that you are studying for a PhD. You should be able to get this from the admin department at your university. You can post a copy of the letter to Research Department, BACP, 15 St John's Business Park, Lutterworth, Leicestershire LE17 4HB, or email a scanned copy to

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.

In 2018 we're funding two doctoral bursaries for:

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

Applications for the 2018 PhD studentships have now closed.

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

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

We'll be inviting applications for the 2019 award later in the year.

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).

PCCS Books student prize

This award aims to recognise excellence in counselling and psychotherapy research by an undergraduate or postgraduate student from submissions to the BACP Annual Research Conference. The winner will be selected from abstracts submitted to and accepted by the conference peer review group, in consultation with PCCS Books.

The award winner must present their research at the research conference. They will receive £250 in cash towards their expenses and £150 of PCCS book vouchers.