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Education Awards

Thanks to generous contributions from our donors, including Alban Barros D’Sa and the Worshipful Company of Needlemakers, we are able to offer a range of Education Awards every year.

Winning an award gives you a sum of money to spend on attending an RCS course at one of our partner centres. Take a look at the available awards, as well as our Education Awards FAQs listed below.

We also offer a range of non-educational fellowships, awards and grants to medical students, trainees and consultants.

Applying for an award

Our education awards are open to applications from all RCS Affiliates, Associates, Members and Fellows. We also accept applications from non-members who are applying for ad eundem (honorary) RCS membership.

Each award has its own application requirements, judging process and suitability criteria – more information can be found further down on this page.


2019 Education Awards calendar

Award Opens Deadline Awarded date
Alban Barros D'Sa Bursary 2 September 2019 7 October 2019 w/c 11 November 2019
The Needlemakers Company Educational Bursaries 23 September 2019 27 October 2019 w/c 25 November 2019
The Margaret Witt Scholarship Fund 11 March 2019 Now Closed w/c 13 May 2019

The above dates are subject to change.

Alban Barros D'Sa Bursary

The Alban Barros D’Sa Bursary is an annual award generously established in his memory, reflecting Mr Barros D’Sa’s specialty and interest in supporting surgeons in training. The award offers the winner up to £1000 towards the fees of an RCS course with an upper GI or Colorectal surgery element.

Eligibility: 

In order to apply, you must:

  • be a member, fellow or affiliate of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, and
  • be at FY2, CT1-2, ST3-8 level and hold a national training number, or be working as an SAS doctor

Judging criteria:

Applications will be judged against the following criteria:

  • Full and accurate completion of the form
  • Evidence that the course will contribute to your learning, development and furtherance of your career
  • Your academic achievements
  • Your commitment and contribution to medical education or educational activities
  • Your response to the question: "TBC"

The award can be used against the following courses:

PG Cert in Surgery: Coloproctology: Colorectal Cancer (eLearning) online module

Specialty Skills in Emergency Surgery and Trauma (SSET)

Intermediate Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery

How to apply:

This award will open on 2 September 2019

Please ensure that you have read the instructions and terms and conditions. We must receive your submission by Sunday 7 October 2019 (midnight).

Please email your completed application to EducationAwards@rcseng.ac.uk or post to:

Education Awards
The Royal College of Surgeons of England 
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields 
London
WC2A 3PE

For further information, please email EducationAwards@rcseng.ac.uk

The Needlemakers Company Educational Bursaries

The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers is generously providing bursaries of up to £1000 towards the fees of an RCS-administered course in the academic year 2019-20.

Eligibility:

In order to apply, you must:

  •  be a member or affiliate of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and
  •  be in stages CT1-2 or ST1-2 of a recognised UK training programme

Awardees are expected to attend a Needlemakers Award reception in March 2020. A specific date will be announced in due course. Please be aware that attendance at this lunch is mandatory for all bursary winners. Following completion of the course, winners must also submit a short report outlining the impact that attending the course had on their career.

Judging criteria (equally weighted):

  • Reasons you wish to attend the course of your choice (150 words)
  • Academic achievements (150 words)
  • Commitment to education/educational activities (150 words)
  • Short essay question: “TBC" (250 words)

The award can be used against the following courses:

Basic Surgical Skills (Intercollegiate BSS)

Care of the Critically Ill Surgical Patient (CCrISP)

Core Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery

Specialty Skills in Emergency Surgery and Trauma (SSET)

PGCert in Surgery (enrolment fee plus 12 or 13 credits of modules) 

Pre-hospital and Emergency Department Resuscitative Thoracotomy

Training the Trainers: Developing Teaching Skills

How to apply:

This award will open on 23 September 2019

Please ensure that you have read the instructions and terms and conditions. We must receive your submission by Sunday 27 October 2019 (midnight).

Please email your completed application to EducationAwards@rcseng.ac.uk or post to:

Education Awards 
The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35–43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London
WC2A 3PE

For more information please email EducationAwards@rcseng.ac.uk

The Margaret Witt Scholarship Fund

The Margaret Witt Scholarship Fund for Clinical Excellence is an award for surgical trainees to attend a Royal College of Surgeons of England Course.

Each award is worth up to £1000 and at least four are awarded. 

 

Eligibility:

In order to apply, you must:

  • hold a national speciality training number (i.e. ST3 and above) or be working as an SAS doctor at an equivalent level. 

Judging criteria:

  • Personal statement (150 words)
  • Research and innovation (150 words) 
  • Leadership and innovation (150 words) 
  • Teaching, training, and education (150 words)
  • Developing a high quality service in the NHS (150 words)
 

The award can be used against the following courses: 

Damage Control Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery (DCOTS)

Definitive Surgical Trauma Skills (DSTS)

Educational Leadership Programme for Surgeons (ELPS)

Intermediate Skills in Laparoscopic Surgery

Pre-Hospital and Emergency Department Thoracotomy (PERT)

Surgical Training for the Austere Environment (STAE)

Training the Trainers: Developing Teaching Skills

Training & Assessment in the Clinical Environment (TRACE) 

How to apply: 

This award has now closed

For further information, please email EducationAwards@rcseng.ac.uk

Education Awards FAQs

How do I apply for an education award?

Please take a look at the application requirements for each individual bursary.

Can I apply for more than one education award at the same time?

Yes - you can apply for as many of our education awards as you like. However, we do ask that each application is for a different course.

How do I know when my application has been received?

You’ll receive an automated confirmation of receipt after sending your application over email to educationawards@rcseng.ac.uk.

If you don’t receive this response, please resend your email to the same address. If you still haven’t received the automated email, please call the education awards team on 020 7869 6300.

Please note that we cannot accept any responsibility for applications that have not received the automated confirmation of receipt email.

How and when will I hear if I have been awarded?

After the closing date, all applications are reviewed and shortlisted by a panel that includes the Professor of Surgical Education and the tutor of the relevant course portfolio. If you have been successful, you will be notified in a letter.

This process usually takes around four weeks.

How are awards paid?

Awards are paid directly to the course that you nominated in your application. This happens as soon as we receive confirmation that your place on the course is booked.

What is required from me as a winner of an award?

This depends on the organisation sponsoring your award or bursary. The Worshipful Company of Needlemakers, for example, invite their awardees to a lunch each year to discuss the RCS courses that they attended. 

Which courses can I use an award for?

Please refer to the information under each award section.

What happens if my award is worth more than my course fees?

Please refer to the individual terms & conditions for each award as this depends on the organisation sponsoring your award or bursary. Any money left over from The Margaret Witt Scholarship award, for example, can be used to claim back travel or accommodation expenses. 

What happens if my award doesn’t cover my course fees?

If this happens, you will need to cover any remaining fees yourself. Please note that your course place won’t be confirmed until the full balance has been paid.

The course I want to go on is already fully booked - can I go on the next one?

If your nominated course is already fully booked by the time the bursary is awarded, please let us know within two weeks whether you would like to hold the bursary until the next time the course runs (this must be within one year) or alternatively, if you would like to nominate a different course from the same portfolio. Failure to do so may result in your bursary being forfeited.

What happens if I need to cancel my place on a course I booked using an award?

The RCS course cancellation policy applies to all courses, regardless of how they have been paid for.

If you need to cancel your place more than four weeks before the course date, you will incur an administration fee of 10% (or £50, whichever is greater) of the total course fee.

If you need to cancel your place within four weeks of the course date, you will be charged the full course fee. This is because RCS is a not-for-profit organisation, meaning that we need a minimum number of participants to make our courses financially viable. We have to charge the full course fee in this circumstance, as we cannot guarantee filling the vacated place within four weeks.

The full course cancellation fee charge can sometimes be reduced or waived in very exceptional circumstances at the discretion of the College.

The course I want to go on has been cancelled - what can I do?

If your nominated course is cancelled, please choose a different course from the same portfolio within the given timeframe of the award.

How long do I have to use my award?

Please refer to the information under each award section.


Who can I contact with more questions about RCS education awards?

If you need support or have a query, please email EducationAwards@rcseng.ac.uk or call the education awards team on 0207 869 6300.

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