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Target Ovarian Cancer Essay Prize

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is proud to support the Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize.

First prize: £500

Second prize: £200

This essay prize is open to all undergraduate medical students across the UK. Its aim is to encourage students to read more widely on ovarian cancer, to think about some of the current issues and learn about recent research.

The record of work is to be submitted by way of an original manuscript, adequately referenced and written in a format comparable to that used for submission to a learned journal. It must seek to answer one of the following questions:

  • Diagnosing ovarian cancer effectively in primary care; symptoms and testing.
  • Family history of ovarian cancer. Implications for prevention, screening and treatment.
  • Public facing ovarian cancer symptoms awareness campaigns. Supporting an early diagnosis or increasing anxiety?

Essays should be up to 2,000 words including a maximum of three figures and/or tables (a 10 per cent margin either side will be applied). Applicants should include no more than ten references. You will be judged on the following criteria:

You will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Overall quality of the essay
  • Knowledge of the literature
  • Quality of discussion
  • Presentation style

You can read about the work of Target Ovarian Cancer at

2018 applications

Essays should be submitted in Word document format along with an accompanying application form to

The application form and recommended reading list can be downloaded at

Deadline for submissions is midnight on Sunday 13 May 2018.

Applications received after the closing date will not be accepted.