Prizes and bursaries

Eastern Division Medical Student Essay Prize Spring 2024

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

Prize: £250

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

Closing date for submissions: Friday 19 April 2024

Eastern Division Poster Award

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

Further details are available on the Spring Conference 2024.

Deadline for poster submissions: Friday 19 April 2024

International Congress 2024 Bursaries

The Eastern Division provides two bursaries each year so one Medical Student and one Trainee can attend the International Congress.

The bursaries for 2024 are now available.

For more details about bursaries please email or

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