Prizes and bursaries

Eastern Division Medical Student Essay Prize Autumn 2023

The Eastern Division Medical Student Essay Prize is for medical students pursuing further study and professional training in Psychiatry.

Prize: £200

Who can enter?

All medical students training in Medical Schools located within the Eastern Division.


You can write an original essay of up to 5000 words on any aspect of psychiatry. The essay should be illustrated by a clinical example from medical or psychiatric practice relevant to mental health and should discuss how the student's training and awareness has been influenced as a result.

The essay should demonstrate an understanding of the mental health issues around the clinical problem and should include a discussion of the effects and consequences of the condition for the individual, their family and the wider healthcare system.

The essay should be supported by a review of relevant literature and should be your own work.

Our Executive Committee will appoint three examiners to judge the entries. Criteria for judging will include: clarity of expression, understanding of the literature and evidence, cogency of argument and the overall ability to convey enthusiasm and originality.

The Division reserves the right not to award the prize if no entry reaching the agreed minimum standard is received.

Submissions should be emailed to Jennifer Edwards.

Closing date for submissions: Friday 3 November 2023

Eastern Division Poster Award

The Eastern Division runs a Poster Prize Award competition in each of its two main Conferences every year.

Further details will be available on the Autumn Conference events page.

Deadline for poster submissions: Monday 30 October 2023

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