Prizes and bursaries

Eastern Division Medical Student Essay Prize Summer 2020

We’ve set up this prize to raise the profile of the Division and to encourage medical students to pursue further study and professional training in Psychiatry.

Prize: £200

Who can enter?

All medical students training in Medical Schools located within the Eastern Division. The prize will be given at the Eastern Division Spring Conference, 4th June 2020, Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridge.


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 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 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

Closing date for submissions:  22 May 2020

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 events and meetings page soon.


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