International Exchange Fellowship

This fellowship allows an individual to travel to sites across our network in order to undertake a placement for up to two months. This funding is for academics in the field of phenomenological psychopathology, or allied fields, who want to develop collaborations with leading researchers, transform their careers, and shape the direction of future research. International Exchange Fellows will have the opportunity to work with international colleagues, gain vital experience in multi-/inter-disciplinary working, and extend their international networks.

Through the support of the Wellcome Trust, the Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology project provides a £3000 stipend per International Exchange (IE) Fellow to cover travel, accommodation, and any visa costs. 

While we encourage applicants to consider choosing one of the existing Network members, applicants are welcome to nominate an alternative suitable institution if this institution is interested in becoming a member of our Network.

The Application Process

Applicants are required to submit:

  • A letter from the proposed host institution within our network in support of your application, and stating their agreement to host the fellowship. You are encouraged to contact a member of the network well in advance of the IE fellowship deadline to avoid disappointment.
  • Either a 750-word written proposal or a 5-minute video that tells us what you will gain from the fellowships (skills, networks, new disciplines, etc.) and the outputs you plan to produce. Be realistic with what can be produced within the 2-month placement.
  • A CV, no longer than a single page (Arial, 11)
  • A 100-word biography
  • A spend profile, estimating what the £3000 will be used for. This would include quotes for hotel costs, travel costs, visa costs etc. 

Submissions should be sent via email. The deadline for applications will be the 15th of September 2023 (midnight UK).

Abstracts will be reviewed by members of the Renewing Phenomenological Psychopathology team and our international advisory board. While we will notify all applicants of the outcome of their submission, we will not supply individual feedback on the applications which are unsuccessful. 


Applicants must be supported by an institution in the network.

You must hold a PhD in a relevant field or have equivalent research or lived experience.

Research must be within the remit of renewing phenomenological psychopathology. We would be particularly interested in submissions that adopt an interdisciplinary approach to phenomenological psychopathology.

An important aspect of this project is to diversify the field of Phenomenological Psychopathology. We encourage applications from the widest range of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences to maximise innovation in the field. We are particularly keen to receive submissions from female applicants, early career researchers, those with lived experience, and researchers from the global south/non-WEIRD (western, educated, industrialized, rich, and democratic) countries.


We will be happy to provide adjustments to ensure that people from the widest range of backgrounds can participate fully in the selection process. If you need an adjustment when accessing the application form, or for any other part of the application process, please contact us via email and we will do our best to accommodate you.



Marucela Uscamayta Ayvar

MarucelaphotoMarcela Juana Uscamayta Ayvar is a psychologist and neuroscientist born in Cusco, Peru. She belongs to the indigenous population of Cusco, descendants of the Inka people, and her mother language is Kechwa.  She currently works as a research associate in the Laboratory of Brain Development, Modulation and Repair within the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at the University of Texas Health San Antonio. For the International Exchange Fellowship, Marucela travelled to the University of Florence to work with Prof. Giovanni Stanghellini. 


Luca Fasciolo Maschião

Luca Picture 1Luca Fasciolo Maschião is a training psychiatrist at Santa Casa de São Paulo Medical School and an early career researcher on phenomenological psychopathology. Luca is interested in linguistics, psychopathology, and LGBTQIA+ health, but is also deeply curious about literature and music. Luca travelled to Ghent University to conduct research with Prof. Jasper Feyaerts.