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Young Doctor's Education Grant

NB. Please note that TWO copies of all documents requested need to be sent to the Grants Manager

The British Geriatrics Society is offering a limited number of grants of up to £450 (in special cases, this amount may be exceeded) to:

  • support attendance of meetings in Geriatric Medicine (or related subjects, e.g. Stroke , Parkinson’s Disease) outside the UK , if the applicant’s study leave allowance is unavailable or insufficient to meet expenses to attend such meetings.
  • To support SpRs, young doctors who have been accepted to present work at BGS Scientific Meetings, where the applicant’s study leave allowance is unavailable or insufficient to meet expenses to attend the BGS meeting.
  • In exceptional cases, to support international medical graduates from developing countries (as defined by the World Health Organisation), who have been accepted to present work at BGS Scientific Meetings, where the applicant is unable to raise sufficient finance to meet the expenses to attend the BGS meeting.



  • Where applicants are applying to attend a non-BGS meeting abroad, the applicants must be a member of the British Geriatrics Society, and depending on their year of training, have attended at least one BGS Scientific Meeting in the last two years.
  • Priority will be given to SpRs (and other young doctors) presenting papers (posters or platform communications).
  • At the discretion of the BGS, YDEGs may also be used to help a few International Medical Graduates with insufficient funding to attend and present at BGS meetings.

How to Apply (Download the application procedure in MSWord format)

Ensure that you can comply with all the conditions of award set out below. Complete the application form which forms part of this document. Decisions are usually made within five to six weeks. Where possible, applicants should submit their application well in advance of the proposed date of travel. Enquiries and requests for the ‘Applications procedures’ document and Conditions of Award should be directed to the Grants & Prizes Manager at the BGS.

Conditions of Award

  1. United Kingdom applicants must complete the application form which requires SpRs (or other young doctors) to list the courses and meetings attended in the current financial year and the associated expenses. Depending on their year of training SpRs must have attended at least one BGS Scientific Meeting in the last 2 years.
  2. For United Kingdom SpRs the application form must be endorsed by the Deanery STC Chair in Geriatric Medicine or Study Leave Adviser and for SHOs by the Clinical Tutor who must confirm the study leave taken and also that no other funding source is available for the proposed meeting. Applications will be vetted by the Chair of the BGS ETC in conjunction with the BGS Office. (If the applicant is from the same deanery as the Chair, the Deputy Chair will undertake this role)
  3. The grant must be used solely for the purpose set out in the application and approved by the Education and Training Committee.
  4. Within the limits of the total budget, the spending should conform broadly to the original estimate, unless changes are agreed with the Education and Training Committee. After attending the meeting financed by the grant, any remaining balance, where applicable, must be returned to the Society, unless approval has been given otherwise.
  5. Any changes in planned travel, as agreed by the Education and Training Committee, must be reported to the Committee.
  6. Any support of the planned travel from other sources must be made known to the Education and Training Committee.
  7. Within two months following the meeting, recipients should submit to the Society a report of between 300 - 600 words describing what benefit they gained from the grant. Comments on the content of the programme together with ideas for improvement are also invited.
  8. Acknowledgement of the Society's grant should be made in any publication resulting from the travel being funded
  9. These Conditions of Award may be subject to change, at the discretion of the Education and Training Committee.
  10. In the case of international medical graduates, the grant money will be released AFTER the applicant has attended and presented his/her paper at a BGS Meeting, and upon presentation of appropriate receipts. It should be noted that the Grant will not exceed £450.
  11. All applicants should provide two copies of the application, together with the relevant supporting documentation (copies of airtickets, event registration material, letter accepting your abstract for presentation, etc.)
  12. Applicants are asked to ensure that you have allowed sufficient time for the application to be processed before the research project is to commence, as a decision may take between 5-6 weeks following receipt of the application.
  13. Correspondence will not be entered into concerning the adjudicators' decision.

Application procedure (convert this page into a pdf document - see icon at the top of the page)
On a separate document, provide the furnish the following information (be sure to make TWO copies for the adjudication process):

  • Name:
  • Address for Correspondence:
  • Hospital where you are current based:
  • Telephone number where you may be contacted:
  • Email address for correspondence:
  • Grade e.g. StR:
  • Year of training, if applicable:
  • Deanery UK:
  • Name of the event for which you are applying for sponsorship:
  • Where is the event being held?
  • List the expenses you will incur in attending the meeting (enclose a copy of the programme and registration costs schedule, along with copies of any other documentary evidence of the costs, e.g. flights etc.)
  • Date of the event:
  • Are you presenting at the event (Poster or Platform)?
  • List the courses and events you have attended int his financial year together with the associated expenses.
  • When did you last attend a BGS Scientific Meeting?
  • When did you last (if ever) present a paper at a BGS Scientific Meeting (poster of platform)?
  • Name of your Deanery STC Chair/Study Leave Adviser or Clinical Tutor (who is endorsing this application).

  • The endorser of the application needs to sign a statement to the effect that:
    "I have seen the general regulations of the Young Doctor's Educational Award and endorse this applicant's application. I would be willing to help to administer any grant that might e made by the British Geriatiarcs Society in respect of this applicaiton. I confirm that no other funding source is available for the proposed meeting" Signed and Dated.

The completed application together with supporting documents to be sent IN DUPLICATE to the BGS Grants Manager ()


I was fortunate enough to receive a Young Doctor’s Education Grant from the British Geriatric Society to support me in attending the BGS Spring Meeting 2017 in Gateshead. This allowed me to present, in poster form, the work from my Masters by Research degree focusing on risk factors for falls in people with Parkinson’s disease. Having my poster viewed and critiqued by experts in the field of geriatrics provided me with new insights in how best to take the research forward, which I will in turn relay to the team I worked with on the original project. I also hope to have the related abstract published in the Age and Ageing supplement in the coming months.

Being able to attend the conference for three full days also enabled me to listen to numerous interesting talks. I particularly enjoyed the presentations on the obstacles and rewards of research into stroke and movement disorders in Tanzania, and the detailed updates on diagnosis and research into future treatments of dementia with Lewy bodies. There was also an afternoon dedicated to haematology, which focused on multiple myeloma, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia, and a talk from a team from Glasgow who were working on the optimum methods to integrate haematology and oncology teams in the hospital setting. I felt that all of these talks were particularly useful in relation to my medical degree and progression into a career in medicine.

I am very grateful to the British Geriatric Society for providing me with this Young Doctor’s Education Grant allowing me to attend a conference that I not only enjoyed very much, but that I also feel I have taken a great deal from, both in terms of the research I presented and in relation to learning that will benefit my future career. I would thoroughly recommend the BGS meetings to other students and young doctors wanting to gain a deeper knowledge of the broad spectrum of conditions and issues in the field of geriatrics.

Jeremy Nell, Final Year Medical Student

I am writing to thank you for your contribution in facilitating my attendance to the BGS Spring meeting in Newcastle (26th April - 28th April).

As a junior doctor, support to attend conferences is essential to maintain CPD, present audit and research as well as gain insight into the specialty.

I am currently undertaking membership examination to the Royal College of Physicians. This conference delivered many transferrable themes that added a new dimension to my knowledge. For example, the use of NOACs in non-valvular atrial fibrillation. This presentation, demonstrated the research in a clear and methodical manor in such a way that was easy to remember. A take home message for me, and a question that is regularly asked on the Acute Medical Unit related to patients with ischemic heart disease in conjunction with atrial fibrillation. Which combination of anti-platelet and anti-coagulant this subset of patient’s should be initiated on. The recommendation of NOAC + Clopidogrel and not aspirin is one that I will apply to my practice.

Finally, having presented the poster ''A simple and effective method of treating vitamin D deficiency in older people'' to the panel, some interesting learning points and take home messages were established. Interesting discussions around the variation in current clinical practice when considering the treatment of Vitamin D deficiency. Hopefully our audit of current practice has added clarity and a new dimension in the management of this group of patients.

Thank you again for the grant which made it possible for me to attend.

Adam Garland (May 2017)

I would like to thank the British Geriatrics Society very much for the funding they provided, through their Young Doctor’s Educational Grant, which enabled me to attend the Spring Conference 2017 to present our work as a platform speaker.

As a medical student enthused by academic medicine, and the geriatric speciality, it was truly inspiring to be able to watch and learn from professional, experienced presenters. It was also invaluable to personally experience presenting in front of an esteemed audience, allowing me to gain confidence in public speaking. The conference gave me the opportunity to listen to many different talks on a variety of themes in clinical and academic medicine, which has only bolstered my determination to pursue a dual career in these areas.

There were many important and interesting research topics discussed, which helped me to improve and reflect on some of my own clinical skills and studies. Academia, I feel, mirrors and enhances some of the key qualities required by doctors to perform to the best clinical standards – such as resilience, critical thinking and problem solving skills, which were emphasised along with current medical practice at the conference. These attributes will allow me to develop my career as a doctor, to provide the utmost care for patients, and gaining this experience from the conference acts as a stepping stone to achieving these goals.

It was very touching to see the sheer passion displayed by the speakers, their dedication to their work and care of patients. I feel these are things that cannot be learned from studying books but must be experienced first-hand and I certainly gained a glimpse of this over the three days. I aspire to perform to these same standards and one day become as involved to the improvement of our services.

Seeing other medical students’ work was also encouraging – the society was very welcoming to us all and there were many posters displayed about how to improve the teaching and experiences of junior doctors, particularly in geriatrics. It was heartening to see that the society shows interest in not only improving services for patients but also investment in the training programmes for future doctors.

Exposure to these events is crucial in encouraging young, training professionals to consider all aspects of medicine and think beyond the prescribed University course. Taking part in academia will help me to become wholly involved in the vocation that I have chosen to spend my life dedicated to and I wholeheartedly thank the society for the wonderful opportunity to attend this conference.

Emma Foster, 3rd year medical student, The University of Aberdeen (June 2017)

I'm really grateful for the opportunity to attend the Spring Conference 2016 to present our poster about tools for screening for delirium. It was a great experience to meet senior consultants in particular I was introduced to the man who developed one of the screening tools that we tested. He helped us to plan how to implement this into local policies and guidelines and gave us some really good pointers. I also benefited from critical appraisal of our research and our poster was even nominated for a prize. 

I also enjoyed attending the lectures. In particular the cardiology lecture which refreshingly highlighted that the over 75 population actually benefit more from early interventional procedures than the under 75s. 

Being a FY1, It's the first conference that I have attended and really saw the benefit of such an event in keeping up to date and networking with colleagues and different trusts. 

Thank you again for the grant which made it possible for me to attend. 
Chloe Robson (June 2016)

I attended the British Geriatrics Society Spring meeting in Liverpool between 11-13th May 2016 with the support of  the BGS Young Doctor's educational grant. This grant was enormously beneficial and I am very grateful for the opportunities it afforded me. Firstly, it enabled me to deliver a platform presentation and chair a session in front of a large audience. This was an invaluable experience as it has allowed me to share my work and that of colleagues, and has improved my public speaking confidence. In addition I presented a poster and had my ability to think on the spot and answer questions from the judges and other attendees tested. Being a poster assessor for the first time with a well known researcher who gave constructive feedback to poster presenters was also a fantastic experience. I now know what to look for in a good poster and I will be able to incorporate this into my future posters, and also advise colleagues on how best to present their own material. Importantly, I am now a better poster assessor myself, able to ask appropriate questions and give constructive feedback to presenters.
Hui Sian Tay (June 2016)

Firstly, many thanks to the BGS for providing me with this grant which enabled my attendance at the Canadian Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting in Vancouver (April 2016). A number of valuable learning experiences were obtained because of this, which I have summarised below. 

From a clinical perspective, the most valuable lecture I attended was a session entitled “Pharmacotherapy in the Elderly with Heart Failure – Is There a Difference? A Cardiologist’s Perspective” (Dr Rudy Chow).  This talk provided a concise overview of the evidence base for the main pharmacological treatments in heart failure, namely ACE inhibitors, beta blockers, and aldosterone antagonists. Furthermore, the talk considered the barriers to therapy and strategies to successfully implement goal-directed heart failure interventions. The most valuable lesson I took from this talk was in relation to the practical management of hypotension in patients with advanced heart failure, a problem which is not infrequently encountered in my practice and which is challenging to manage.

Attendance at the CGS ASM also enabled me, along with my colleagues Peter Brock and Vicky Gibson, to give an oral presentation based on our work within the Association of Elderly Medicine Education (AEME).  Our talk, entitled “Beyond Core Curriculum: Tales from trainees from across the pond” was well received by the audience and we received positive feedback on our talk, and in relation to the work of AEME, from a number of delegates at various points during the conference. In light of our talk, we were approached by a number of delegates who had seen our talk, and now wished to contribute to our podcast (CotECast) via remote teleconferencing, and to author e-learning content (Mini-GEMs).

After our talk was completed, I was asked to contribute to a panel discussion at the end of the symposium. This provided excellent experience at participating in this form of conference presentation, where unselected questions are directed to panel members from the audience and where debate between panel members is encouraged.

Lastly, the opportunity to travel to Vancouver enabled me to meet a number of really interesting, friendly clinicians from Canada, with whom I share research interests. Since the meeting we have been in touch via email, and it is my hope that this networking may lead to future research collaboration.
James Fisher (June 2016)




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