The participants are psychiatrists and sometimes other specialists who have completed their postgraduate training within three to five years before the workshop’s date. Residents in psychiatry in the last year of their training are also admitted. They must have a good knowledge of English and be, in the opinion of their peers and of professional leaders in their country, of particular professional or scientific promise. Current or previous participation in research is seen as an advantage but is not a condition for acceptance.
The list of applicants from each country is produced in collaboration between the local organizers and leading psychiatrists in the neighbouring countries. The list of candidates is sent to the Director of the Action Mental Health programme who selects the participants in consultation with other faculty members and informs the applicants about the success of their application.