The Student Voice Prize

Prizes for 2023

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 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?

Check out the list of 2023 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 2023 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?

Past SVP winners’ published essays have been viewed over 27,032 times with 107 citations between them!

Be Featured on BioMed Central’s Blogs

Happen to be a 2023 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.

Cash Prizes

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 £300!

If you happen to be one of the runner-ups, don’t worry you’ll take home  £150!


Attend & Speak at Scientific Conferences

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

Since The Student Voice Prize 2023 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

Membership of The Royal Society of Medicine

The winner and runners-up will each receive one year of FREE membership to The Royal Society of Medicine!
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Non-native English speaker shortlist

We introduced a non-native English-speaking shortlist in 2022 and are bringing it back for the 2023 competition!

Rare disease communities must collaborate across borders to achieve change in their field and cannot be limited to one single country or location. To reflect this, the Student Voice Prize always has been and continues to be an international essay competition, with entries not confined to the borders of the UK or solely English-speaking countries.

The shortlist will be released here on the SVP website and the essays will be published as blogs on the Beacon and M4RD websites!

NB: Essays in this category are still considered for winning and runner up positions as well as for inclusion on the shortlist.

Looking for more reasons to get involved this year?

Winning The Student Voice Prize 2023 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!
In addition, you will 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.
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 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 diseases.

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 families.

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 2023 and beyond!