Apply for the 2019 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 2019. As well as being an excellent opportunity for a summer holiday project we also welcome applicants who want to undertake this scholarship as part of their medical elective. To apply, you must be highly motivated and full of great ideas. We have four posts available.
As a Clegg scholar, you will spend your time researching, writing, and reviewing features and educational content to gain an insight into how publications such as The BMJ and Student BMJ are put together. You may also attend and report from press conferences, perform interviews, and create multimedia content.
We cannot find you accommodation or help with your travel costs, but we pay all Student BMJ scholars a grant of £1200 (about €1400, $1600). Students at any stage of their medical degree are welcome to apply, but preference will be given to those with writing or teaching experience.
Views from previous Clegg scholars
Declan Murphy—2017 scholar
Guided by the highly supportive mentorship of the BMJ team, I spent six weeks creating and editing Student BMJ content. The skills I learnt from my time as a Clegg Scholar continue to benefit me, particularly in my efforts to publish academic and medical journalism articles.
Kristen Davies—2016 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.
Tom Cassidy—2016 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.
To apply, please send:
- A covering letter (maximum 400 words) stating why you would be suitable for the position. Please also make clear the dates between February and August 2018 that you are available, which medical school you are attending, and which year you are in
- Your CV (maximum 2 pages)
- One article aimed at students in the style of BMJ Opinion - see guidance here
- Two article outlines: one education piece and one feature that you would like to work on while you are on the scholarship. Please present your ideas as a bullet point plan that is as detailed as possible.
Please send your applications to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The closing date for applications is 6 January 2019. We will interview candidates by phone in January 2018.