prizes and awards open to others

This is a complete list of awards and prizes open to any RSM member and non-members unless otherwise specified. If you need more information about an award listed here please contact the relevant Section Co-ordinator.

Ellison-Cliffe Travelling Fellowship

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Submission deadline: Monday 1 October 2018
Prize: £15,000
Open to: Fellows of the Royal Society of Medicine who are of specialist registrar or lecturer grade or equivalent or who are consultants within 3 years of their first consultant appointment.

The award is intended to cover expenses for travel abroad, to one or two centres, for a period of not less than six months, in pursuit of further study, research or clinical training relevant to the applicant’s current interests. 

Candidates will normally be expected to take up the Fellowship between 1 July 2019 and 30 June 2020.

Within this application form, the following must be included: 

  • Completed application form
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Statement of current interests, including career objectives
  • Detailed proposal as to how the time abroad will be spent and where
  • Detailed analysis of likely costs of period abroad, and statement of need for funding
  • Names and contact details of two referees
  • Supporting statement(s) from the proposed host centre(s)
  • Confirmation that the applicant's employing authority will grant study leave if the application is successful (this is usually in the form of a supporting letter)

At the end of their Fellowship, the successful candidate(s) will be expected to provide a written report about the work undertaken during the tenure of the Fellowship and to present at an appropriate RSM educational meeting.

Interviews will be held for shortlisted candidates on Tuesday 4 December 2018.

For more information, contact:

General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section and CAIPE John Horder Award


Submission deadline: Monday 9 July 2018
Meeting date: Wednesday 13 September 2018
Prize: £1,500

A prize of £1,500 to an interprofessional team working within the primary health and social care community.

The award is being offered jointly by the General Practice with Primary Healthcare Section, RSM and the Centre for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education (CAIPE).


Geriatrics & Gerontology Section: Presidents Essay Prize


Submission deadline: Wednesday 2 May 2018
Meeting date: Tuesday 19 June 2018
Prize: One year's membership of the RSM
Open to: Students and practitioners of medicine, nursing, social care and allied healthcare professionals within 5 years of qualification 

The Geriatrics & Gerontology Section invites students and practitioners within 5 years of qualification to submit an entry for the annual President’s essay prize.

The essay, a literature review and discussion, should be maximum 3000 words (excluding references) on any aspect of ageing or the health and care of older people.

The most successful candidate will be awarded one year’s membership of the Royal Society of Medicine. 

This years prize will be open for submission in due course.

For more information, contact:



Lipids, Metabolism & Vascular Risk Section: President's Prize


Submission deadline: Monday 4 June 2018
Meeting date: Friday 27 July 2018
Prize: 1st prize = £300, 2nd prize = £200, poster prize = £100 
Open to: Trainee healthcare professionals and undergraduate or graduate research students, working in clinical practice or in basic or clinical research in any area of medicine or science related to the remit of the lipids, metabolism and vascular risk.

Abstracts of no more than 300 words are welcomed for original research, audit, survey, case report or case series undertaken by the applicant in the field of lipids, metabolism & vascular risk.

Submissions will be judged and the top 8 shortlisted submissions will be invited to present their work at Lipids, Metabolism & Vascular Risk Section President's Prize meeting on Tuesday 8 May 2018 Delegates will also be invited to produce an A1 poster to be judged on the day.

At this meeting all presentations will be scored again and 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes awarded by the President at the end of the meeting.

Candidates should ensure they are available on Tuesday 8 May 2018 for the Lipids, Metabolism & Vascular Risk Section President's Prize meeting.

Successful shortlisted applicants will be notified. 

For more information, contact: 

Maternity & the Newborn Forum: Basil Lee bursary for innovation in communication


Submission deadline: Sunday 11 March 2018
Meeting date: Tuesday 15 May 2018
Bursary: £500 and a year’s membership to the RSM if you are a student or money deducted from the membership fee.  
Open to: Students, trainees and other professionals who specialise in maternity and/ or surrounding disciplines who are registered in the UK. Please note those who work for commercial operations will not be eligible for the bursary. 

This bursary is to enable the applicant to develop their new media skills which relate to the subject of maternity or care of the newborn.

Entrants will need to submit the following: 

  • A description of the innovative way they have communicated/plan to communicate to mothers and fathers on a topic in the field of maternity care and how they will further develop this or their skills with the bursary money
  • Entries can take a variety of forms such as a short video, an app, pictures, animations or people telling their stories to communicate the topic
  • A summary of how the bursary will be spent
  • An up to date CV

The bursary winner will be invited to present at the Maternity and the Newborn Forum Section meeting on Tuesday 15 May 2018.

Please note the successful candidate will be expected to submit a summary of how the bursary was used and a short paragraph on the benefit of winning the bursary to feature in the Maternity and the Newborn Forum enews letter.

For further information, contact:



Paediatrics & Child Health Section: Overseas bursary


Submission deadline: Sunday 23 September 2018
Meeting date: TBC
Bursary: Up to 3 bursaries will be available per year - covering the registration fee plus a contribution of £500 towards travel and hotel costs
Open to: Current RSM Paediatrics & Child Health Section members of all grades

These bursaries are designed to enable Paediatric Consultants and trainees to attend an overseas meeting.

Applicants should complete the submission form - detailing:

  • a brief description of the overseas conference they wish to attend– including title, dates  and venue
  • a brief summary of no more than 500 words outlining why they wish to attend the conference and how will it benefit the work of their clinical teams
  • the conferences attended (both national and international) in the past 5 years

Priority will be given to Paediatric Consultants in clinical practices who have not attended an overseas meeting in the past 5 years. 

In the event that an applicant is awarded a travel bursary by another organisation the applicant must withdraw their application to the RSM.

The bursary funds will be awarded after the successful candidate has returned from the conference and provided a report of their experiences of the conference; particularly focussing on how it will influence their clinical practice and how they have shared their experience / learning with their clinical teams. The reports will be uploaded to the Paediatrics & Child Health Section page on the RSM website and, if appropriate winners may be invited to speak at a relevant Section meeting to present “Highlights of the (relevant) conference”. 

For more info contact Andrea Török:   


Palliative Care Section: Call for abstracts for People who care: Relationships at the end of life


Submission deadline: The 2018/19 deadline is yet to be confirmed
Meeting date: To be confirmed
Open to: All medical students, trainees and professionals who have completed research in palliative and end of life care
Prize: Certificate

Abstracts for oral and/or poster presentation are welcomed on research in palliative and end of life care.  
Whilst abstracts relevant to the meeting topic are more likely to be chosen for oral presentation, we welcome submissions on any subject in palliative and end of life care. 

For more information, contact:




Patient Safety team of the year award


Submission deadline: Monday 12th March 2018
Meeting date: Thursday 12th April 2018
Prize: Up to £5000 to support a patient safety improvement project
Open to: Teams working in the NHS

Applicants should produce a written proposal, of no more than 2000 words, which:

  • Provides details of the patient safety improvement project, which should have been undertaken within the previous 18 months, and provide evidence of how this has had a positive impact upon patient safety;
  • Demonstrates the relevance and value of the patient safety improvement project to the wider patient safety community and  how it will enhance current knowledge and understanding of patient safety issues;
  • Sets out how the prize funds will be used to embed and/or disseminate the patient safety improvement project and otherwise contribute to a sustainable  improvement  in patient safety (the “Proposal”);    
  • Sets out how much money is required and for what purposes;
  • Sets out why external funding is required;
  • Demonstrates that the host organisation is committed to supporting the existing patient safety improvement project, the Proposal and the team carrying it out. This should include details of the members of the team, and their respective roles; and
  • Proposes a clear timeline of how and when the outcome of the Proposal will be reported to Section Council and how this could be presented to a Section meeting.
For more information, contact: 


Rheumatology & Rehabilitation Section: Kovacs Travelling Fellowship


Submission deadline: Wednesday 9 May 2018
Meeting date: TBC
Prize: Up to £2000 to visit a clinical or academic unit in the USA in autumn 2018 preferably coinciding with the annual meeting of the American College of Rheumatology (19-24 October 2018)
Open to: Candidates should be active in the field of rheumatology within the UK and Ireland but need not be medically qualified. There is no age limit but preference will be given to those in training grades or within five years of a consultant appointment.

Candidates are invited to submit a cover letter of no more than 1000 word that states the expected benefit of the visit to the candidate’s clinical practice or research and includes the timetable and expected costs. This should be accompanied by a current CV (of no more than 2 pages in length) and confirmation from the unit(s) to be visited.

After returning, the Fellow may be expected to give a short paper about the visit at a suitable meeting of the Section.

For more information, contact: 


Rheumatology & Rehabilitation Section: Eric Bywaters Prize


Submission deadline: Wednesday 11 April 2018
Meeting date: Wednesday 9 May 2018
Prize: 1st: £200
Open to: Rheumatology specialist registrars and research fellows

The abstract should be no more than 300 words relating to the subject of clinical or laboratory research. Up to four of the best abstracts will be selected for a ten-minute oral presentation with an additional five minutes for discussion.

For more information, contact: 


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