Apply for the 2017 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 2017. 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 four 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 (1 post)
This post 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 is essential.
sBMJ Scholarship in medical education and social media (1 post)
This post is specifically focused on how Student BMJ can engage more regularly with medical students on social media. You will have a creative eye for how we can repurpose our existing archive, as well as ideas about how we can create shorter nuggets of educational content that are quick to grasp and have memorable learning points. Experience developing learning materials for an online audience would be beneficial.
sBMJ Scholarship in widening participation in medicine (1 post)
In this post you will help us create articles, podcasts, and videos that add to our collection of content that aims to demystify the application process to medical school. We want to cover topics such as how to find work experience, how to succeed at interviews, what to do if you don’t get in first time around and what life as a medical student is really like. Experience of interviewing or mentoring applicants would be beneficial.
Views from previous Clegg Scholars
Tom Cassidy—2016 widening participation to medicine scholar
Contributing towards the Student BMJ and The BMJ with articles and videos of my own was a pleasure and a huge learning curve. The BMJ editorial office has a friendly and supportive atmosphere with many opportunities to get involved with the various teams who work there. It’s an experience I will remember throughout my career in medicine; I honestly couldn’t have had a better elective.
Kristen Davies—2016 medical education scholar
I worked closely with the editors reviewing and writing articles, while also developing my own education articles and multimedia. It was a fantastic opportunity to get involved with a medical journal and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Jilna Shukla—2016 medical education scholar
It was great to have the opportunity to evolve the educational aspects of Student BMJ. It was such a warm and friendly environment to work in and to try my hand at medical journalism. I'd recommend the scholarship to anyone who has an interest in the wider world of medicine.
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 February and December 2016 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 be as detailed as possible.
Please send your applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is 2 January 2017, 5 pm. We will interview candidates by phone in January 2017.
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.