Apply for the 2015 Student BMJ Clegg Scholarship
The Student BMJ Clegg Scholarship is a great opportunity to gain an insight into how a medical journal is run, get involved in creating engaging educational material, and learn how to get published.
We are looking for four students who are studying medicine within the European Union who will be able to spend around eight weeks in our offices in London during 2015. As well as being an excellent opportunity for a summer holiday project we also welcome applicants who want to undertake this scholarship as a part of their medical elective. To apply, you must be highly motivated and full of great ideas. We have three types of posts available:
sBMJ Scholarship in medical journalism (1 post)
You will spend your time researching and writing features to gain an insight into how publications such as The BMJ and Student BMJ are put together. You will also see how decisions are made by the editorial team, review submissions, and attend and report from press conferences.
sBMJ Scholarship in medical education and teaching (2 posts)
These posts will involve creating educational content not often covered at medical school or in textbooks. You will need to write articles, create multimedia content, and find medical teachers to interview and help develop content for publication online and in print. Some experience in teaching fellow medical students and multimedia experience would be of benefit, although is not essential.
sBMJ Scholarship in widening participation in medicine (1 post)
In this post you will help us create articles and videos that demystify applying to medical school. We want to cover topics such as how to find work experience, how to write a great personal statement, and how to succeed at interviews. Experience of interviewing or mentoring applicants would be beneficial.
Views from previous Clegg Scholars
I worked in the BMJ offices during the summer of 2014 for my elective attachment. It was an experience different from anything I had done before in medical school, and I loved it. I worked closely with the editors to put together issues of the Student BMJ. This involved researching, reviewing, and editing articles as well as developing articles of my own. I also got the chance to attend and report on a variety of talks and conferences. Everyone was friendly and welcoming in the office.
The Clegg scholarship also offers the fantastic opportunity to write articles for Student BMJ, to research information in detail, and to observe how an “@bmj.com” email address can open the doors to interviews with experts around the world.
To apply, please send:
- A cover letter (maximum 400 words) stating which position you are applying for and why you would be suitable for it. Please also make clear the dates between March and December 2015 that you are available, which medical school you are attending, and which year you are in
- Your CV (maximum 2 pages), as well as three examples of your previous work relating to the relevant position above
- Four ideas and a bullet point plan for content that you would like to work on while you are on the scholarship
Please send your applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
*We cannot find you accommodation or help with your travel costs, but we pay all Student BMJ scholars a grant of £1200 (about $2000, €1500). Students at any stage of their medical degree are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to those with writing or teaching experience.
The closing date for applications is 7 January 2015. We will interview candidates in early February 2015.
Cite this as: Student BMJ 2014;22:g6787