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. Take a look at the available awards and their recent winners below, as well as our Educations Awards FAQs.
We also offer a range of non-educational fellowships, awards and grants to medical students, trainees and consultants.
Applying for an award
Most education awards are open to applications from all RSC 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.
|The Margaret Witt Scholarship Fund||13 March 2017||21 May 2017||w/c 5 June 2017|
|The Needlemakers Company Educational Bursaries||19 June 2017||28 August 2017||w/c 18 September 2017|
|Alban Barros D'Sa Bursary||4 September 2017||5 November 2017||w/c 20 November 2017|
The above dates are subject to change
The Margaret Witt Scholarship Fund
The Margaret Witt Scholarship Fund for Clinical Excellence is an award of up to £1,000 for surgical trainees to attend a Royal College of Surgeons of England Course. The award is open to Members and Fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons of England who hold a specialty National Training Number (NTN) or are working as a SAS doctor at an equivalent level.
You can choose from a wide range of 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)
- Strategies in Emergency General Surgery (SEGS)
- Surgical Training for the Austere Environment (STAE)
- Training the Trainers: Developing Teaching Skills
- Training & Assessment in the Clinical Environment (TRACE)
To apply, you must be a RCS Member or Fellow who holds a specialty National Training Number (NTN). Application is also open to anyone working as a SAS doctor at an equivalent level.
In order to apply, you must
- Be a member or fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and
- Hold a national specialty training number or be working as an SAS doctor at an equivalent level.
Each award is worth up to £1,000 and at least four will be awarded.
The 2017 award has now closed.
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 2017-18.
The award can be used on established courses on dates where administration and payment is processed by The Royal College of Surgeons of England.
Please read the full instructions, eligibility, judging criteria, terms and conditions and FAQs provided in this document.
In order to apply, you must:
1. be a member or affiliate of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and
2. be in stages CT1-2 or ST1-2 of a recognised UK training programme
Judging criteria (equally weighted):
1. reasons for applying for the bursary
2. academic achievements
3. commitment to education/educational activities
4. short essay question: “How do you see simulation contributing to surgical and clinical skills acquisition in the future?"
Awardees are expected to attend a Needlemakers Award reception in February 2018. A specific date will be announced in due course. Please be aware that attendance at this lunch is mandatory for all bursary winners. Winners must also submit a short report outlining the impact that attending the course had on their career.
Applications must be made through this link: https://app.oxfordabstracts.com/stages/169/submission
Closing date for applications is Monday 28 August 2017 (midnight)
Successful applicants will be informed of the result in the week commencing 18 September 2017.
For more information please email EducationAwards@rcseng.ac.uk
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.
The award can be used against the following courses:
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
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: Can we achieve excellence in surgical training without increasing the time taken to train?
Please ensure that you have read the instructions and terms and conditions at the end of the document. We must receive your submission by Sunday 5 November 2017 (midnight).
Please email your completed application to firstname.lastname@example.org, or post it to:
The Royal College of Surgeons of England,
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields,
For further information, please email email@example.com
Education Awards FAQs
- How do I apply for an education award?
- Can I apply for more than one education award at the same time?
- How do I know when my application has been received?
- How and when will I hear if I have been awarded?
- How are awards paid?
- What is required from me as a winner of an award?
- Which courses can I use an award for?
- What happens if my award is worth more than my course fees?
- What happens if my award doesn't cover my course fees?
- The course I want to go on is already fully booked - can I go on the next one?
- What happens if I need to cancel my place on a course I booked using an award?
- The course I want to go on has been cancelled - what can I do?
- How long do I have to use my award?
- Who can I contact with more questions about RCS education awards?
How do I apply for an education award?
Please take a look at the application requirements for each individual bursary. Most require you to complete an online application form.
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.
You’ll receive an automated confirmation of receipt after sending your application over email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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 they attended.
Some organisations, however, require nothing more than a report from the RCS team about the process and the awardees, along with the awardees’ contact details in case they would like to get in touch for further feedback.
You can spend your award on any RCS course that takes place at the RCS Education Centre in London, unless otherwise stated. Most awards require you to nominate a particular course as part of your application process.
Your award can only be used to pay for the course you nominated in your application form. Any excess funds will then be ‘used up’ and unfortunately cannot be used towards any other courses, or towards travel or other expenses.
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.
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.
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.
If your nominated course is cancelled, please choose a different course from the same portfolio within two months of receiving your award.
Awards need to be used within one year from the date they are awarded.
In some cases, it can be deferred for a maximum of one additional year. This needs to be agreed with the Professor of Surgical Education - please contact us if this applies to you.
If you need support or have a query, please email EducationAwards@rcseng.ac.uk or call the education awards team on 0207 869 6300.