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Prizes, Bursaries, Essays


Eastern Division Medical Student Essay Prize

The Eastern Division has established this prize in order to raise the profile of the Division and to encourage medical students to pursue further study and professional training in Psychiatry.

Prize: £200

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

Where Presented: Eastern Division Spring Conference, 17 May 2018, Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre, Cambridge.


  1. Eligible students are invited to submit 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 pertinent to 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.

  2. The essay should be supported by a review of relevant literature and should be the candidate's own work.

  3. The Eastern Division Executive Committee will appoint three examiners to judge the entries. Criteria for judging merit 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.

  4. Submissions should be emailed to

Closing date for submissions: Extended until 30 April 2018.


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 Forthcoming Events and Meetings page.

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