The Royal Medical Travel and Study Fund is supported by the Royal Medical Society Trust to provide grants to members for educational activities both overseas and in the UK.

Application Process

The Travel and Study Committee meets two times per session to consider applications from members. It is a competitive process. Following on-line submission, applications are reviewed and short-listed applicants are invited for interview.

Attendance at interview is essential. Dates of the interview are made available in advance of the application deadline.

Interviewed applicants will be informed by email of the Committee’s decision within 5 working days of the meeting.

As of 1st September 2009 members are only permitted to receive a maximum of two awards from the Travel and Study Fund. Members may wish to take this into consideration when applying for projects during the early years of medical school. Members who have received previous awards prior to 1st September 2009 are permitted to receive 1 further award. There is no limit to the number applications which may be made by unsuccessful applicants.

In exceptional circumstances, members may be considered if they fall outwith the application deadlines or if applying for a third/subsequent award. If you wish to be considered in this category you need to write to the chairman of the committee with a full project outline and a statement in support of your application explaining why you merit consideration. This can be organised by contacting the Permanent Secretaries.


Criteria for Application

The committee consider applications for a number of criteria:

Commitment to the Society The Project The Interview
Essential Ordinary membership (i.e. fully paid subscription for the session of application and previous attendance at at least 5 private business meetings) Medically orientated Attendance at interview
Desirable Further commitment to the society e.g. committee or council membership, supporting events Independent organisation Appropriate presentation of self and project at interview
Following completion of the project, successful applicants have 8 weeks to submit their written report. Failure to do so may require repayment of the award to the society. See previous reports here.
We also ask that all successful applicants share their elective experiences at our Electives talks evening in Semester 2 (April) if they are in Edinburgh at the time.

Application Dates

Please find below the information regarding dates for application deadlines and interviews.

Dates for Final year electives:

  • Deadline for submission of proposal – 15th January at 9pm
  • Interviews will take place the week of the 22nd of January

Dates for Medical Summer projects:

  • Deadline for submission of proposal – 19th March at 9pm
  • Interviews will take place the week of the 26th of March
The Jasjot Singhota Award

This year, friends of Jasjot Singhota, a previous member of RMS Council, are putting together an award of £500-1000 in memory of her.

The Jasjot Singhota Award is an elective scholarship for medical students from the University of Edinburgh with interests in anaesthetics, pre-hospital care or intensive care medicine. The award is in memory of Jasjot, an alumnus of the University of Edinburgh and of the Royal Medical Society who was training in anaesthetics and had a real passion for her work and for helping others. She was a vivacious, enthusiastic and joyful person who loved to travel and truly lived her life to the full. The aim of this Award is to assist students with similar interests to Jasjot to maximise their elective experience.

(Applications for the Electives Travel and Study bursaries for 2018 are now closed.)

Applications for Medical Summer Projects are now open!!!

** (YOU MUST HAVE AT LEAST 5 ATTENDANCES AT TALKS TO APPLY – Message/email us to check if you are unsure whether you meet this criteria) **


Travel and Study Committee for the 281st session (2016/2017)

The Travel and Study Committee consists of three members:

  • The chair who typically serves a three year term and is a former president of the society
  • A Council member during the current session
  • A representative of the membership (ordinary member)