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Win £500 Towards your Elective

Elective competitionIf you are thinking about completing your elective overseas but are unsure how to raise the funds, then we may have just the solution. By taking part in the Royal Society of Medicine’s Global Health Young Leaders Award you could win a grant of up to £500 to put towards a medical elective or overseas project.

To enter, you will need to write a 3000-word essay on ‘Improving the health of individuals and nations.’ Please include an abstract (150-250 words) and an elective summary (no more than 100 words) outlining your proposed elective/project.

Submission deadline: Thursday 28th February 2013
Notification Date: Wednesday 20th March 2013

Prize: First prize of £500 (award to be applied towards the designated elective/project) and; the top five essays will receive a free year’s RSM student membership (or free renewal).

Open to: Students of all disciplines connected to healthcare and with an interest in global health.

Selection: A maximum of five essays will be awarded prizes by a panel of global health experts and academics (each essay being read by at least two people). The award ceremony will take place at the RSM Global Health Conference dinner on Tuesday 26th March 2013. The first prize winner will be required to write a 500-word report on their experience following the elective period and submit this by 30th June 2014.

All submissions must be sent via email to

Projects Abroad advises volunteers keen to apply for this grant to consider one of the destinations in which we offer elective placements. Projects Abroad also work specifically with HIV/Aids patients in Ghana and have electives options in many other countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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