BGS Grants to support medical students' elective project

We offer a limited number of grants of up to £500 to medical students to enable them to make use of their elective period for a project concerned with health or health care in old age either in the UK or abroad. The primary purpose is to give undergraduates an opportunity to broaden their perception and experience of this growing field by undertaking, under supervision, a study of a relevant initiative in age research or the provision of health care which will be complementary to their taught curriculum.

There are no fixed categories of grant, but examples of the kind of provision considered include:

  • Partial or full support for travel and subsistence expenses incurred in the process of information gathering or data collection;
  • Materials, including small items of equipment; and
  • Honoraria to host departments/organisation for supervision provided.

You must be a medical undergraduate at a UK registered university entering your penultimate or final year of study in the next academic year. The minimum duration of the project is six weeks, consisting of three to four weeks, preceded or followed by a similar period supervised within your home Academic Department.

Grants are administered by the Society's Education and Training Committee.


You must establish in advance with your prospective host institution / organisation that your visit will be welcome and that appropriate facilities will be provided there. You are responsible for making your own travel and accommodation arrangements.

A condition of the award will be providing a report to the Society when the attachment is completed, consisting of a personal assessment of the experience obtained (about 250 words), and a description of the work in which you were involved, and your contribution to it (750-1000 words).

How to apply

Applications, accompanied by the relevant documentation, are considered at any time of year, provided there are funds available. Decisions are usually made within 5-6 weeks, therefore please allow sufficient time before the study experience/visit to submit applications. For further information email  committees [at] bgs [dot] org [dot] uk (Committees) or call 020 7608 8575.

Please note: if your grant application relates to a BGS scientific meeting please register for the meeting but do not pay the registration fee online.  If approved your grant will cover the cost of registration.