By Dr Charles Shepherd, Hon. Medical Adviser, ME Association.
Please note: The closing date for student applications is now Friday 10th August, so let us know if you want to be considered as soon as possible.
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.
As an extension to this assistance, ME Association trustees agreed in 2015 to create a number of annual awards to fund places at the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative conference.
This year the CMRC Research Conference will take place in Bristol on September 19th and 20th.
Details of the 2018 MEA Award Scheme
The ME Association will be funding up to six student awards. 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 you studying, what stage in the degree course you are at (which can be an undergraduate or postgraduate degree), and a short summary – of no more than 500 words – explaining why you have developed an interest in ME/CFS and why you 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.
More information about the 2018 CMRC Research Conference:
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 the ME Association, marked for the attention of Dr Charles Shepherd. Please title your email with ‘CMRC Research Conference Application’.
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.