Opportunity for students: 2021 Student Essay Prize - Universal Health Coverage

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (RSTMH) has announced the start of a new round of its Student Essay Prize this year on Universal Health Coverage. The prize for the winning essay is £200, plus a year's free student membership to RSTMH, either new or a renewal.


Submission deadline: 30th September at 17:00 GMT.


Required content: 

The essay should be a personal perspective on the theme of "Universal Health Coverage". It may take the form of original research, a literature review or an opinion piece, but whatever the format your article should demonstrate a combination of scholarship and original thought and analysis.


Eligibility & Submission:

The RSTMH Student Essay Prize is for students studying global health as a degree or any degree with a component of global health. It is open to current, full-time, students, that can be based anywhere in the world.

Evidence of student status must be provided at the point of submission. The prize is awarded annually, with submissions being accepted through an online platform

  • Essays should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words, excluding references, footnotes, and tables.
  • 150–200-word summary should also be submitted together with the essay.
  • All sources must be appropriately acknowledged in Harvard style only. References do not count as part of the word count.
  • The essay must be in English.
  • Please try and organise the essay into a logical succession of headed sections, where possible.
  • The essay should be entirely your own original work and should not have been previously published. All essays will be checked for plagiarism and we encourage you to refer to an academic writing handbook 
  • Please note that if the summary is omitted; the essay will not be considered.
  • Only one essay per person can be submitted.



The winner(s) will be selected by a panel of experts, and the decision ratified by an RSTMH Committee. Highly commended essays may also be selected. The decision of the Committee is final.

The panel will be assessing essays using the following criteria:

  • How well your personal perspective links to the local/national/international landscape
  • How well structured the essay is
  • How easy the essay is to understand
  • The quality of science used in your essay
  • How much does the essay inspire or engage
  • How well do you make use of relevant references


To find out more details or submit your essay, please click here.




For adding and reading comments please sign up or log in