Medical student annual prizes

This annual prize is awarded to outstanding medical students, and includes full registration at our three-day Conference. This is a wonderful way for students to network with professionals within the specialty, demonstrate a commitment to their own career development and expand their portfolio. Each year we invite universities/medical schools to nominate one person to the College.

Applications are officially open!
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What we offer

Boost your career in paediatrics by networking with other medical students, foundation doctors, paediatric trainees, consultants and other specialists at RCPCH Conference, which this year takes place online from 15 to 17 June. This includes:

  • registration for all three days of conference, including free access to all workshops, seminars and practice sessions
  • online event invite held by the Recruitment & Careers Team - date TBA
  • Medical Student Prize certificate signed by Jonathan Darling, Vice-President for Education and Professional Development


Applications open 10 November 2021
Applications close 28 February 2022
Applicants notified by March 2022
RCPCH Conference 2021 28-30 June 2021

Eligibility criteria and how to apply

The prize is available to all medical students in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Each university/medical school has been emailed, asking them to nominate and select their most outstanding medical student from any year, who has a keen interest in paediatrics.

If you are a medical student and interested in applying, you should submit your CV and personal statement explaining the reason why they are applying and should be nominated to your university/medical school to the Head of Paediatrics in your establishment.

The university/medical school will then nominate their winner (one per medical school) to the College, who is then invited by RCPCH to attend the conference completely free of charge.


Having the opportunity to attend the RCPCH conference in Glasgow was an incredible experience as I got to not only meet with like-minded students, but also very welcoming paediatricians.

Personal highlights included the BLS Paediatric interactive session where we got to simulate emergency situations. The UKAPS session, aimed at medical students and trainees, provided lots of helpful tips and tricks for applying to paediatrics in the future and included extremely thought-provoking speeches from the Tony Jackson memorial prize nominees.

For students attending future RCPCH conferences, I would say make the most of the opportunity and dive right in. Attend as many sessions as you can to get a good overview of the specialty and ask be sure to ask lots of questions - everyone is so friendly and helpful!

One of the 2018 prize winners - Nikita Punjabi, who received her certificate from Dr David Evans and Dr Zeshan Qureshi


For any more information, please contact the Recruitment and Careers team on