Awards, prizes and bursaries

We offer awards, prizes and bursaries for those working in SRH. 

Find out more information below and also in our news section. 

FSRH Honorary Fellowship

We admit Honorary Fellows into our membership each year. These individuals have delivered exceptional service to sexual and reproductive healthcare. We typically invitation nominations during the spring, please keep an eye out on our news section.

Current members (of any category) of the FSRH are encouraged to nominate somebody they feel deserves an Honorary Fellowship. All applications will be reviewed by FSRH’s Council in the summer.

Nomination is free and all you have to do is complete a short online form. Each nominator needs the support of an additional two FSRH members to support the nomination. 


Criteria for a FSRH Honorary Fellow:

  • Proven exceptional service to the field of SRH
  • Does not have to be a healthcare professional
  • Proven exceptional service can means lots of things. Previous recipients have been presidents of Royal Medical Colleges, and/or are international figures. Typically, past recipients have been advanced in their careers, they have worked on issues/projects beyond their job roles,and have gone beyond what is considered necessary to raise the profile and/or improve SRH.  

Criteria for nominator:

  • A current member of the FSRH
  • There is no cost for receiving an FSRH Honorary Fellowship.

Nomination process
FSRH’s Council will review the nominations in the summer and will confirm the outcome of your nomination. We are unfortunately unable to give any feedback on unsuccessful nominations.

The successful nominees will be invited to record a short virtual interview with FSRH's President in the autumn to celebrate their award. Due to social distancing we won't be running an in-person Admissions Ceremony at this time. 


Fellowship of the FSRH

Each year FSRH Members who become Members twelve years ago are invited via an email from the President to apply for Fellowship.

To be a FSRH Fellow you must:

  • have maintained their membership continuously including the current year
  • have completed a 5-year CPD cycle
  • have completed the online application form including the declaration of good standing 

FSRH's Council approves the applications and Fellows receive a certificate. Due to the pandemic we aren't currently running in-person Admissions Ceremonies. 

David Bromham Seed Research Fund

The David Bromham Seed Research Fund of £4,500 will be awarded to a single recipient/representative of a research group, to support the development of sexual and reproductive healthcare research ideas. The 2021 process is complete, the 2022 process will open in mid 2022.

About the fund
The David Bromham Seed Research Fund of £4,500 will be awarded to a single recipient/representative of a research group, to support the development of sexual and reproductive healthcare research ideas. Dr David Bromham was a previous President of the FSRH and left us a gift after his death, so an award could be given in his name. The first grant will be awarded in 2021, with the second in 2022.

The 2021 criteria is below, it might be tweaked following the 2021 process, please check our news section for updates.

Who is eligible to apply?
This fund is open to current FSRH members (including affiliate members)who are planning or are already undertaking research into sexual and reproductive healthcare.

What research projects are eligible?
We're looking for original research ideas that reflect priorities in sexual and reproductive health and its care, specifically on topics related to contraception, abortion and reproductive health and well-being. The research project could have already started (from 1 January 2021 onwards) and funding is required for additional stages.

Funds may be used for salary or non-salary costs and a variety of activities including, but not limited, to:

• collaborative workshops
• patient and public involvement
• scoping reviews
• preparatory research, including secondary analysis of data and some qualitative interviews to inform research proposals

A group of experienced researchers in the SRH Clinical Studies Group will review the blind applications and chose the recipient.

Applications should:

• have clearly defined aims and objectives
• be feasible within timeframe and budget
• consider any ethical issues
• constitute original research
• be unsupported by any other grant awarding body.
• contribute to the greater understanding of SRH and patient care at a local or national levels
• address a priority area in SRH
• lead to the development of a larger scale research project, with clearly defined outputs, OR supplements an existing research project and addresses a research question that is not covered by existing funds.

What reporting is required?
A year after the grant is given, a short written report (no more than 1000 words) is required with plans for a funding application for a larger scale research project.

Where you mention the research, we ask that you reference the fund.


FSRH Virtual bursary places

Each year we offer fully-funded bursary tickets for our annual conference, FSRH Virtual.

FSRH Virtual 2022: Embracing a holistic future in SRH will take place online on Wednesday, 16 November. Find out more.

To apply for one of 20 bursary places, applicants will need to write a short statement (300 words) explaining why they would like to attend our conference and how they hope it will benefit their work, studies and/or practice.

Applicants should:

  • Be a doctor, nurse, or in another role working in sexual and reproductive healthcare
  • Be an individual (including students) interested in sexual and reproductive healthcare/contraception
  • Be working, either as a student, or full or part-time in the NHS in primary and/or secondary care
  • Not be able to secure funding to attend the virtual conference from other sources

How will I be selected?

Our FSRH events committee (comprised of healthcare professionals) will review all applications that are submitted by the relevant deadline. Applications will be anonymised before the events committee see them. 

If the number of applications vastly exceeds the twenty bursaries we are offering, we reserve the right to randomly select twenty bursary winners from all those that match the criteria.

Terms and conditions

a) Please note if you have already booked your conference place, you can still apply for the bursary place, and if your application is successful we will refund you the full ticket price.

b) If you are awarded a bursary place but are not able to attend FSRH Virtual 2022, we will charge a £75 administration fee which will need to be paid directly to us within 30 days.

c) If you have received a bursary place last year, you will not be able to apply this year.

d) If you are awarded a bursary, we may contact you to ask you to write a short blog post about the conference.

Read our oral and poster competition abstract guidelines here.

Undergraduate Essay prize

We relaunched our Undergraduate Student Essay Prize in 2021. Applications details for the Undergraduate Study Essay Prize 2022 are to be announced. 

The prestigious prize, first launched in 2015 and inspired by family planning pioneer Dr Margaret Jackson, gives medical undergraduate students the chance to present their ideas on current and topical aspects of sexual and reproductive health in an essay. The prize aims to encourage the next generation of healthcare professionals to engage with new and contemporary ideas within the realms of sexual and reproductive health, while expanding our understanding of where SRH is going next.

The prize
The prize requires students to write a 2000 word essay, exploring any topic within sexual and reproductive health. The winning essay will be published on our website, with the winner receiving a £150 cash prize and a free ticket to our next ‘Hot Topic’ event.

There will also be a Hot Topic ticket and a cash prize of £75 awarded to two runner up essays.

First place: £150 + hot topic ticket 
Runner up x2: £75 + hot topic ticket 

How to enter
Write an essay of 2000 words on your choice of topic within sexual and reproductive health. You can use our marking criteria to help guide you.

Our application form will ask you to upload your 2000 word essay in Word format, as well as your university contact details.

Who is eligible? 
Applicants must:

  • Be studying at undergraduate level.
  • Registered as a medical student in the UK or overseas.
  • The competition is open to all medical students who are currently studying at an undergraduate level. It is not limited to UK students, but we do require all entries to be written in English.