ME Association to fund six student bursaries for CMRC research conference | 18 July 2017

July 18, 2017

The ME Association is keen to encourage undergraduate and postgraduate medical and science students to develop a clinical or research interest in ME/CFS at an early stage in their careers.

Over the years we have assisted a number of students in relation to both their entry to medical school and their studies while at medical school.

As an extension to this assistance, MEA trustees agreed in 2015 to create a number of annual awards to fund places at the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative conference – which will take place this year in Bristol on September 13th and 14th.

More information:

CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) Annual Science Conference, blog.

2017 CMRC conference programme, here.

2017 CMRC conference registration, here.


This year the MEA will be funding up to six student awards, and each award will be up to £350 for to help cover the cost of travel, accommodation and the registration fee.

To apply for one of these awards, we will require details of where the student is studying, what stage in the degree course they are at (which can be an undergraduate or postgraduate degree), and a short summary – of no more than 500 words – explaining why they have developed an interest in ME/CFS and why they want to attend the conference.

We are primarily seeking to encourage applications from students studying medicine but we are also willing to consider applications from students who are studying diet, nursing, occupational therapy or physiotherapy, or any other health or science related course.

Following the conference we will require a short review of the conference – no more than 500 words – from a student perspective, which could be published in our ME Essential members' magazine.

We are able to reimburse costs of up to £250 per student as they are paid. The final instalment of £100 will only be paid on receipt of a satisfactory conference report.

Applications for these awards should be sent to Dr Charles Shepherd at the ME Association via:

There is no closing date at present but we would encourage students to send in applications as soon as possible.

ME Association trustees will be assessing applications as they come in.

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