Student Essay Competition

The RSTMH Student Essay Competition 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 essay should be on the topic of climate change and should be your personal view of the impact that climate change may have on global health or tropical medicine. This can be from a global, national or local perspective.


The essay should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words, excluding references, footnotes, and tables. A 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.

Format and presentation

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. Please note that if the summary is omitted; the essay will not be considered.

Only one essay per person can be submitted.


The winner will be selected by a panel of experts on climate change, and the decision ratified by the RSTMH Grants and Awards 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 read and understand
  • how much the essay inspires or engages
  • how well you make use of relevant references


We may publish on our website or in our newsletter anonymised data relating to submissions to the competition.

We will announce the winner and any highly commended submissions on our website and through other communication channels. By submitting an essay you agree to these conditions.


The prize for the winning essay is £200, plus a year's free membership to RSTMH.

We will also invite the winner to be presented with a certificate and their prize at Topics in Infection in January 2020.


The deadline for submissions is now closed.