If you have a flair for essay writing, then look out for competitions run by the Royal Colleges and many other professional medical associations, usually to encourage interest in their specialty. Closing dates for submission fall throughout the year so keep your eyes open!
Some organisations that run competitions include:
- British Association of Dermatologists
- British Association of Forensic Medicine
- General Medical Council
- Medical Women’s Federation
- Pain Relief Foundation
- Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
- Royal College of Ophthalmologists
- Royal College of Pathologists
- Royal College of General Practitioners
- Royal College of Radiologists
- Royal Society of Medicine (for members only, costs £25 a year to join)
- Institute of Medical Ethics (for F1 & F2 UK doctors)
Some organisations and Trusts offer funding for research projects, vacation research work experience and intercalated degree year research. We’ve compiled a list of these, again it isn’t exhaustive so we do encourage further research.
Some of these applications may require a supporting statement from a member of academic staff. Check criteria carefully before applying.
The Biochemical Society
Grants are available for stipends of £200 per week for 6 – 8 weeks, and up to £1,600 in total, to support a summer placement in a lab for an undergraduate student. Applications must be made on behalf of and in association with a named student.
British Association of Dermatologists
The British Association of Dermatologists offer a range of awards between £250 and £3,000 towards fees and living expenses for an intercalated year project related to dermatology and skin biology. It also offers £500 undergraduate project grants.
Association for the Study of Medical Education
The Association for the Study of Medical Education offers awards related to the development of excellent medical education. Applications are welcomed from anyone on the continuum of medical education (UG, PG or qualified and studying professional development) and will be assessed against their criteria. They also have a number of other essay prizes available and awards so it is worth researching their website.
The Genetics Society
The Genetics Society Summer Studentship scheme offers grants of up to £3,000 for undergraduate students interested in gaining research experience in any area of genetics by carrying out a research project over the long vacation (more information). They also have a range of competitions and awards that you can look into on their website.
The Institute of Medical Ethics
The Institute of Medical Ethics (IME) offers grants, student elective bursaries, and scholarships (covering the next academic year) for students wishing to do an intercalated degree in medical ethics or an allied subject.
The Physiological Society
Vacation Studentships offer undergraduates the opportunity to undertake a research project on an area of physiology over their summer break. Working under an academic supervisor, they can get to experience day-to-day life in the laboratory first-hand. Funding of £150 a week, to cover living costs, is on offer for up to eight weeks.
The Pathological Society
Funding for students wanting to intercalate a BSc in Pathology but who do not have LEA or other government support. Also offer awards to fund electives and vacation studies in pathology.
The Paget’s Association
The Paget’s Association awards Student Research Bursaries of up to £6,000 to promising UK medical or science students (MRes, MSc, BSc or equivalent higher degree) to pursue research into any aspects of Paget’s Disease of Bone.
Tel: 0161 799 4646
Push Doctor, Europe’s largest digital health provider, are offering three UK medicine students grants of up to £500. Only students from second year onwards are eligible for the grant. The grants can be used on books, equipment, travel and general living costs. You can apply and find out more on their website.
Castle Craig residential rehabilitation hospital is launching an annual international essay writing competition for students of medicine, psychology, nursing, psychotherapy and social work, with a focus on addiction. The award for 1st prize is £1,000, and there will be up to 5 runner-up prizes of £250.
Lifestyle Medics was set up to help medics cope with burnout and stress in their careers and to raise awareness of mental health issues in doctors/medical students.
They are hosting an international competition for medical students and doctors (of all grades) for the best medical photojournalism pictures. There are three cash prizes of £250 each and certificates for CVs to the best photos in each category. Runners-up will also be featured on their website and Instagram.
The list above is not exhaustive so we do encourage further research.
A good place to start is RD Learning, a database of health-related research funding opportunities.
Please contact us if you notice any broken links, of any other funding opportunities or if any options are no longer running.