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Below is a list of organisations offering bursaries to undergraduate medical students for the purpose of travel and/or elective study. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and we encourage all students to investigate further funding opportunities.
Students are advised to check the relevant website(s) of the external funding organisations for up to date details, and contact them with any queries.
Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland: applications invitied from medical students for funding towards an elective period between October and March.
Beit Trust Medical Elective Bursaries: available to students undertaking medcial electives in southern Africa.
British Association of Dermatologists—Undergraduate Dermatology Project/Elective Grants: available to undergraduate students undertaking research projects related to dermatology or skin biology.
British Association in Forensic Medicine—Undergraduate Prize: awarded to students taking electives or projects related to forensic pathology.
British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons: up to £500 each year for students undertaking research or an elective related to plastic surgery.
The British Division of the International Academy of Pathology: a total of 15 scholarships a year to undergraduate students to allow them to work in departments of histopathology, cellular pathology or cytopathology in universities, NHS laboratories.
British Geriatrics Society: up to £500 for students who use their elective period for a project focused with health or health care in old age.
British Society for Haematology: scholarships up to £1,000 to support undergraduates undertaking electives in haematology.
British Medical and Dental Students' Trust BMDST-RSM Student Elective Awards: open to medical and dental students.
Christian Medical Fellowship: a database of contacts focused on Christian hospitals and mission agencies to help plan your electives.
The Clegg Scholarship: provides an opportunity to gain insight into how a medical journal is run.
Edward Boyle Medical Elective Bursaries: available to senior medical students planning to spend an elective period in a developing commonwealth country. For more information, email us.
ERASMUS+: funding for students undertaking placements in an Erasmum+ programme country, particularly suited for final year MBBS students.
Institute of Medical Ethics: bursaries up to £800 to support electives related to medical ethics.
Jewish Medical Association: supports students undertaking electives in Israel.
Kathleen Valles Charitable Trust: up to £1,000 to support projects related to renal medicine. For more information, email us.
Kidderminster Medical Society: bursaries up to £1,000 for undergraduates who can demonstrate a connection with the Wyre Forest area of North Worcestershire.
Medical Women's Federation: grants between £100 and £500 for female medical students to assist with elective costs.
The Miss Ford Bursaries: aimed at medical students from Britain and France to spend elective attachments in organisations that speak each other's languages.
The Pathological Society: funding to support research projects in pathology or to gain experience in diagnostic departments.
The Renal Association: bursaries up to £250 to undertake electives that include a renal component, either clinical or research.
Richard de Metz Foundation: overseas elective travel bursary of up to £1,000 for travel costs. For more information, email us.
Royal College of General Practitioners—RCGP-SACP annual elective prize: up to £500 for the best proposal by a medical student for an elective in primary care or general practice.
Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists Ethicon Student Elective Award: up to £500 towards approved student medical electives in obstetrics and gynaecology.
Royal College of Opthamologists—Patrick Trevor-Roper Award: an award of up to £550 for undergraduates with an interest in opthamology to be used to fund electives or for travelling or subsistence.
Royal College of Physicians (RCP): grants of up to £500 for undertaking medical electives overseas (applicants must be medical student members of the RCP for at least six months before applying).
The Royal College of Radiologists: bursaries up to £200 to support students taking an elective in clinical radiology.
Royal College of Surgeons: an award of up to £500 for clinical students planning to undetake an elective in surgery in the developing world.
The Royal Society of Medicine: the royal society offers a wide range of prizes, awards, travel grants and bursaries.
The Scar Free Foundation—Student Elective Awards: funding to give students an opportunity to broaden their perception and experience of research.
St Andrew's Healthcare—Scholarship in Psychiatry: awards for outstanding medical students interested in elective placements in psychiatry.
Wellbeing of Women: bursaries of £1,000 towards expensed of medical and midwifery student electives.
The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries of London: prizes for students undertaking electives in Conflict and Catastrophe Medicine. The society also offers the Rhino Prize to students undertaking electives in countries with a native rhinoceros population.
Wyndham Deedes Memorial Travel Scholarship: to enable graduates to make an intensive study of some aspect (sociological, scientific, cultural, economic, etc) of life in Israel.
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