2021 Prizes

Debating whether The Student Voice Prize is worth your time? We’ll convince you in five seconds or less!

Whether you’re looking to earn FPAS points, some extra cash or wish to see your name in one of the world’s most widely read publications, this competition is for you!

Did we mention the all-travel-expenses paid trip?*

*COVID dependent of course

Check out the list of 2021 Prizes now! 

Get Published in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases


We can’t promise to put your name in lights, but we can promise to put your name in print!

The overall winner of The Student Voice Prize 2021 will have their essay published in its entirety in the world-renowned Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases!

How world-renowned is the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases?

The winners’ published essays have been viewed over 13,751 times with 11 citations between them!

Be Featured on BioMed Central’s Blogs


Happen to be a 2021 runner up?

We got good news for you too!

A number of the past runner up essays have been featured on BioMed Central’s “On Biology” and “On Medicine” blogs. Runner up essays are shortened to fit a blog format, but your name and message will still be in print, ready to impress your friends and potential employers.

Enjoy a 1 year membership to The Royal Society of Medicine 

Welcome to the club!

You’re now an official member of The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) for one year thanks to The Royal Society of Medicine Medical Genetics Section. This membership provides the educational support and resources you need to become a qualified medical or healthcare professional. With this one year membership, you’ll be able to enjoy the following:

  • Discounted — and often free — rates to RSM meetings, courses and lectures.
  • The chance to enter competitions to win cash prizes, travel bursaries and more — worth over £60,000 in total!
  • Access to mock preparation questions for UKCAT and BMAT exams, interview practice questions and tips, medical school selection advice and help with your personal statement for UCAS.
  • Entry to  one  of the finest medical libraries in Europe .
  • And much more!

These perks are just the tip of the iceberg. View all membership benefits now!

Talk about a glow up, right?

Cash Prizes

Money talks, right?

If you need a new stethoscope, microscope or even smartphone and laptop, get a brand-new one on us!

The overall winner of The Student Voice Prize will not only be published in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, but they will also take home a casual £200!

If you happen to be one of the runner ups, don’t worry you’ll take home a cool £100 from the judges.

Not too bad for a day’s work!

Attend & Speak at Scientific Conferences


Come on down ladies and gentlemen, the stage awaits!

The author of the winning essay from each category will be invited to attend and speak at Findacure’s annual Rare Disease Showcase and Medics4RareDiseases’ annual symposium The Unusual Suspects Symposium at the Royal Society of Medicine for FREE!

Since The Student Voice Prize 2021 is an international essay competition, we’ll pay for you to attend our conferences FREE of charge.*

What’s better than an all-travel-expense paid trip?*

*COVID dependent of course 

Where can these prizes take you and your career?

Meet Becki Nunn

Becki entered The Student Voice Prize 2016 competition using her unique perspective as both a medical student and a person living with a rare disease to write a fantastic essay tackling the relationship between rare diseases and mental health, which she entitled “It’s not all in my head! – The complex relationship between rare diseases and mental health problems”.

Becki was selected as the overall winner, which led to her article being published in the Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases, securing a position on the panel at Findacure’s annual conference Drug Repurposing for Rare Diseases and delivering a talk at the Students 4 Rare Diseases conference.

“I think The Student Voice Prize’s work in raising awareness of rare diseases amongst medical students is really important – they aren’t featured often enough in our curriculum. The essay competition has definitely helped me become more aware of some of the issues in looking after rare disease patients, and has made me consider going into this area for a career. I’m really grateful for the opportunities it has provided.”

Looking for more reasons to enter The Student Voice Prize 2020?

  • Winning The Student Voice Prize 2021 would earn you FPAS points, which are needed to get into the Foundation Programme of your choice! Publications can help you in the educational performance (EPM) area. One publication = 1 point!
  • You will likely encounter rare diseases and rare disease patients throughout your career, so it’s important that you understand how to help and treat them while training to become a doctor, nurse or scientist. Listening to the patient experience is crucial, as rare disease patients often report similar experiences and challenges.
  • The Patient Group Pairing Scheme grants you valuable 1-on-1 time with patients at a time when contact has been severly reduced due to COVID-19. When you enter The Student Voice Prize, you can enjoy the opportunity of speaking with patients directly.
  • You would be welcomed into a community of passionate individuals that spans the rare disease spectrum. You’ll be able to connect with fellow medical professionals, industry personnel, patients, advocates, researchers, policy makers and more influential people who’ll help you to progress and expand your career.

We hope you can see that The Student Voice Prize is much more than just a competition. It has proven itself to be a gateway for many medical students, nurses and scientists who want to engage with patients from across the medical spectrum, particularly in rare disease. This is your chance to become an advocate for a large, but poorly represented community and help make a real difference in the lives of rare disease patients and their family.

The Student Voice Prize can take you and your career further than you think, so apply today to see how far it can take you in 2021 and beyond!

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