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Grants, awards and prizes

The Heather Trickey Essay Prize

A prize of £1000 will be awarded for an original piece of written work, no longer than 3000 words. The essay may address any topic in the field of women’s reproductive health. As the winner, you will receive not just money, but also a platform from which an issue that you care about might be taken forward in the real world.

Successful essays will:

  • Identify a specific area along women’s reproductive health cycle, describe the population affected, set out how it is that women are currently underserved with regard to health provision in this area and explain why this area deserves focused attention to bring about change. 
  • Be realistic in identifying barriers to change.  For example, barriers may include poor resourcing, institutional histories ‘ways of doing things’, as well as different ways of framing the problem to be addressed.
  • Be solution-focused. The essay will be realistically optimistic about the potential for change. Key partners including partners from across the aisles who will be required to work together to achieve a common goal will be identified.

What the judges are looking for

We are keen to receive submissions that address unresolved conflicts between current public health approaches and women’s needs and lived experiences. We hope to see suggestions for more effective systems of care that facilitate both maternal autonomy and public health objectives. We expect to see submissions that take a woman-centred approach and that recognise that even well-intentioned health professionals cannot stand in for women’s voices.

How to enter

Any individual who lives and/or works in the UK may enter. Entries may be from individuals or a collaboration. If an entrant is associated with an organisation represented on the judging panel, the relevant judge will not take part in decisions about that entry.

Please email your finished essay to clare.murphy@bpas.org. The deadline to submit work is 15 October 2021, with the results announced in November. All those shortlisted will be invited to a presentation and meeting with the judging panel. Shortlisted entries will be publicised by BPAS and NCT, and promising ideas will be discussed by the WRISK Oversight Committee, with a view to considering merits of further development in collaboration with the applicant(s). 

Find out more at: www.heathertrickeyprize.org


Peter Huntingford Memorial Prize

BPAS has endowed the Peter Huntingford Memorial Prize to mark the late Professor Peter Huntingford’s contribution to obstetrics and gynaecology. This has enabled the RCOG to provide two prizes of £150 (first prize) and £75 (second prize).

Eligibility and requirements

This award is for FY1 or FY2 doctors across the UK and Republic of Ireland and will be awarded to the two best presentations of a case history, focused on either:

  • Women with complications of pregnancy and giving birth
  • A clinical audit of report of a research project

In any aspect of sexual health and fertility control in which they have been directly involved.

A submission of no more than 1,500 words outlining the research with reference to publications (if any) is required. Applications that are over the word limit will be marked down. Please include a statement of your contribution to the project and indicate the name and address of your supervisor.

Your application will be judged on the following criteria:

  • General clinical relevance
  • Presentation style
  • Insight into medical, social and psychological features/implications of the case
  • Knowledge of literature
  • Contains no factual errors
  • Level of involvement


Please ensure you read the guidance on submitting your application before entering any of the awards. To apply, please send your application to the Awards Administrator (awards@rcog.org.uk) by midnight on Thursday 13 May 2021.