The closing date for 2021 bids was 5pm, 1st November 2021 and has now passed. We require one electronic version of the application submitted via the online application form from the Principal Supervisor (or nominee) by 5pm on the closing date.
The studentship is expected to commence from January 2022 but there would be some flexibility for the right candidate.
Please note the following:
The Supervisory Team must have experience of successful supervision of doctoral students.
The PhD studentship can be undertaken full or part-time.
The Principal Supervisor must be an individual ASME member at the point of application and maintain this through the duration of the grant.
At least one other member of the supervisory team must be an individual ASME member for the duration of the grant if you are awarded the funding.
The student recruited for the project is also expected to join ASME as an individual member. If you awarded the funding this can be paid for using the post’s training budget.
The Principal Supervisor must have previous experience of supervising a PhD to successful completion.
We particularly welcome multi-site collaborative projects working across different medical schools.
The Supervisory Team should comprise of at least two individuals, covering topic and methodological expertise. They must have experience of successful supervision of doctoral students. Applications from a supervisory team spanning more than one institution, and/or discipline, are encouraged.
Assessment of applications
All applications will be processed by the ASME office initially. Those which have not fulfilled the guidance will be rejected.
The remaining applications will be reviewed internally by at least two independent reviewers who are from different institutions from the applicants and do not hold ASME director roles. Assessors will be selected on the basis of their expertise and we anticipate going outside the UK to recruit assessors. Reviews will be collated and returned to the panel for final decision making
T & Cs
Terms and conditions
Applications from outside the UK will be considered but funding is available at UK home student rates only, reflecting that the majority of ASME members are UK-based.
We have adopted the UKRI / UK Research and Innovation (formerly Research Councils UK/RCUK), terms and conditions of training grants. Please see https://www.ukri.org/files/legacy/news/training-grants-january-2018-pdf/
These terms and conditions should be read in conjunction with the RCUK Statement of Expectations In this context, ASME equates to a Research Council.
The successful applicant will be sent an offer letter and contract. Neither ASME nor the successful applicant will release details of the award outcome until the contract is agreed and signed by both parties and until ASME has given permission for the information to be made public. ASME will issue a press release at this stage.
In the event of the successful applicant’s organisation wanting to make amendments to the contract, ASME is prepared to fund the legal costs of one round of contract amendments. The legal costs associated with any further amendments to the contract will be deducted from the funding amount requested in the approved application.
Acknowledgement of Support
Acknowledgement of Support
Publications and other forms of media communication, including media appearances, press releases and conferences, must acknowledge the support received from ASME. Journal publications should acknowledge the funding source using the standard format agreed by ASME and publishers.
ASME PhD students receive a fee waiver for the ASME ASM, but must cover their travel and accommodation costs from their training budget. ASME PhD/Doctoral students will be expected to present their work-in-progress at each annual ASM. This may be in the form of posters and short communications initially, then a plenary oral presentation as the project nears finalisation.
PhDs by publication or thesis will be supported, depending on the host institution’s guidelines. Whichever format is followed, ASME expects the PhD student to submit, and ideally publish, their research to a high-quality journal during the funding period.
Appendix A: Assessment criteria (Expert reviewers)
Name of principal applicant:
Name of administering institution:
Name of award:
Reviewer name (omit this if you prefer to remain anonymous):
Criteria and Grading
Criteria and Grading
- The applicants have considered potential issues and how to address them
- The proposed work has the potential to impact on practice and/or policy locally, nationally and internationally
- The proposed activities, timelines and milestones of the project are realistic and achievable
- The proposed work is good value for money
- The ethical issues for the project have been adequately considered
- The applicants have the necessary expertise in the relevant field
- The applicants have the supervisory experience
- The research environment is supportive
- The applicants have provided sufficient details of the assessment and progression criteria, processes and milestones for PhD students
- The institution’s processes for the selection and recruitment of PhD students are clear
- The project has the potential to facilitate collaborations within and beyond ASME
Total score and any additional general comments:
What were the strengths of this proposal?
What could have been improved?
Would you recommend funding?
to be announced soon
The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) has named University College London’s (UCL) Research Department of Medical Education (RDME) the winner of its second ever doctoral grant.
The supervisory team at RDME includes Professor Dame Jane Dacre, Dr Shah-Jalal Sarker and Professor Ann Griffin. Dr Magdalen Baker – a trainee gastroenterologist - is the doctoral student who will benefit from the award. The team will study the impact and outcomes of junior doctors working part-time for the NHS as they progress and complete their training to become specialists compared to those who work full-time. The award is the second in a series of three inaugural doctoral grants announced at ASME’s 60- year anniversary in 2017. More info here
The first recipient of this award was Professor Tim Dornan, Queen’s University Belfast, and his colleagues from the Universities of Southampton, UK and Western University, Canada.
They will use the funding to explore children might contribute to the education and training of doctors. Their project, “Out of the mouth of babes”, was one of many that entered for the inaugural award and, despite formidable competition, has been determined the winner.