Undergraduate Student Essay Prize 2022

Posted 21 September 2022

Date: 21 Sep 2022

Type: FSRH News and Information

Our Undergraduate Student Essay Prize 2022 is now open for applications. Find out more and how to enter.

We’re pleased to announce that our Undergraduate Student Essay Prize is now open for applications.

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 and our social media channels, with the winner receiving a £150 cash prize and a free ticket to our next ‘Hot Topic’ half-day event taking place in 2023.

There will also be a Hot Topic 2023 ticket and a cash prize of £75 awarded to two runner up essays.

First place: £150 + hot topic ticket for 2023
Runner up x2: £75 + hot topic ticket for 2023


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.

Upload your essay and contact details to this form by 10am, Thursday 3 November 2022. Any entrants received after this date will not be counted

Enter our Essay Prize


Last year's winner

The winning essay in our 2021 competition was Karinn Farquharson with her essay entitled "A Hidden Majority: The public health crisis of Female Genital Mutilation in Somalia". Her work explored the intersection between sexual and reproductive health and human rights, and was praised for providing a "thought-provoking" perspective on a topic that was both relevant and important to the SRH community.

Read Karinn's winning essay here.


If you have any questions about our undergraduate essay prize, please get in touch with us via marketing@fsrh.org