RSTMH Announces Student Essay Prize

02 Oct 2018

Welcome to the RSTMH Medical Student Essay Competition.

This is the first time we have run this for some years and we plan to have an essay competition for global health students in due course.

This competition is only open to current, full-time, medical students, who can be based anywhere in the world.

Please find below the guidelines for the essay competition.


The essay should be on the topic of one of RSTMH's thematic priorities, as listed below

  • Neglected tropical diseases, with a particular focus on their overlap with non-communicable diseases and the sustainable development goals
  • Malaria, with a particular focus on drug resistance
  • One Health and wider planetary health. The consideration of human health alongside animal health, and the environment, in the context of social, economic and political factors
  • Topical issues including, but not limited to, emerging diseases
  • Drug resistant infections


  • Essays should be no longer than 2,000 words, excluding appendices, bibliography, footnotes and tables. 
  • A 150-200-word summary should also be submitted along with the full essay.

Format and presentation

The essay should be in English, the content should be organised into a logical succession of headed sections, where possible.

Bibliography and footnotes

  • All sources must be appropriately acknowledged in Harvard style only.
  • All references should be in plain text.
  • References do not count as part of the word count.


The essay should be entirely your own original work and should not have been previously published.

Please note that if the summary is omitted; the essay will not be considered.

Prize: £200 + a year's free membership to RSTMH  

Deadline: 12:00 (midday) UK time on 14 December 2018

ApplicationsThrough our online platform Submittable

If you have any questions, please tamar [dot] ghosh [at] rstmh [dot] org (contact Tamar Ghosh)

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