This privately funded scholarship is specifically aimed at supporting UK medical students from a minority ethnic background, a group that is under-represented within UK medical schools. Please note that the scholarship is not, therefore, aimed at supporting students studying dentistry, veterinary science or similar degrees nor is it aimed at supporting other medical staff (whether in training or already qualified). We are also unable to support qualified doctors or other qualified/unqualified healthcare professionals.
The scholarship comprises one bursary of £1,500 together with a year’s leadership mentoring and support (the main award.)
In exceptional circumstances, in addition to the main award, one or more secondary bursaries may be awarded to additional applicants, the amount of any secondary bursaries being strictly at the discretion of the judging panel.
Applications for the scholarship open on 1st April each year. The closing date for applications is 5 pm on 31st August each year. All scholarship applications will be reviewed (including supporting evidence received – see opposite for details of supporting evidence required from shortlisted applicants). A final decision will be made after 5 pm on 30th September each year. Please note that any supporting evidence received after 5 pm on 30th September will not be considered as part of the application and will mean the application is automatically disqualified from the process.
A key motivation for establishing this scheme is to create a pipeline of aspirational, visible role models through the scholarship awards. Please note, therefore that if you are successful in being awarded a scholarship (and in the spirit of the scholarship scheme), your success will be positively publicised and showcased in social and other forms of mainstream media to motivate, inspire and empower others. Prospective applicants are advised not to apply if this visibility is an issue for them.
- Full time students studying at a UK medical school as at 31st August.
- From a BAME (Black and Minority Ethnic) background
- Must demonstrate both:
- an excellent academic record; and
- an exceptional, demonstrable track record of giving back to society outside their medical studies.
Secondary school students who are still considering a career in medicine and incoming first year UK medical students holding an offer but yet to start their studies at a UK medical school as at 31st August are not eligible to apply. It is essential that you are already studying at a UK medical school as at 31st August. No exceptions are made to this criteria.
To apply, candidates will need to send their CV and a detailed, 300 word statement explaining why they consider themselves to be the best candidate for the scholarship to AkindolieScholarship@gmail.com.
All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their initial application within a week of the 31st August closing date. Please note that due to the high volume of applications received, no additional correspondence will be entered into with candidates who are not shortlisted. Further, please note that those previously awarded a scholarship under this scheme are unable to apply for an additional scholarship award.
Supporting evidence required
Shortlisted applicants will need to provide:
- A certified true copy of their passport or other official proof of identification (certified as a true copy either by a practising solicitor in the UK or by a UK Post Office official as part of the Post Office’s document certification service);
- The names of 2 academic referees; and
- The name of 1 additional referee related to the applicant’s voluntary work;
by 5 pm on 15th September.
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