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RDM Graduate Prizes are awarded to current or recently graduated (within two years) students of RDM supervisors on the basis of exceptional achievement in their research. The prizes reflect the wide range of clinical and basic research undertaken within RDM. RDM Graduate Prizes are awarded in October each year, with nominations invited over the Summer.

Assessment of Outstanding Work

The main criterion for assessing whether a student has produced outstanding work will be their publication record, which is expected to include one or more exceptional publications as first author.

It is recognised that research in RDM is diverse and includes niche areas where publications in high impact journals is unusual. Nominations should therefore explain why the publication is exceptional with reference to its (expected) impact on the field. This involves qualitative or contextual information, especially where the publication relates to a specialist area.

Nominations should include a statement indicating the contribution made by the student to the main paper(s) in question. If a student has more than three publications, a statement on contribution should only be made for the three most significant papers.

Other criteria for assessing whether a student has produced outstanding work that the panel will consider include:

  • Receipt of a prestigious prize at a major conference
  • Establishment of key infrastructure, a new technique or a major new collaboration that has had an important impact, either within RDM or more widely
  • An unusually large number of publications, showing an extensive and prolonged contribution to the field
  • Receipt of grant funding

This list is not intended to be exhaustive; all notable success will be considered.


  • All current DPhil students are eligible
  • Any DPhil student that has completed within the last two years is also eligible
  • The student must have received substantive supervision from one or more RDM PIs

A maximum of four prizes will be awarded.

How to apply

Anyone can nominate a student for a graduate prize, including self-nomination by the student themselves. In cases where the nomination is made by someone other than the supervisor, the supervisor will be contacted for comment.

To make a nomination, please complete the nomination form and send it by email to, stating ‘RDM Graduate Prize’ as the subject.

The deadline for receipt of nominations is Friday 15 September 2017.

All applications will be considered by a panel convened by the RDM Graduate Studies Committee and awards announced during November 2017.

The awards are £500 each and we anticipate making a maximum of four awards. Prize winning students will be invited to give a presentation on their research at the RDM Symposium in March 2018.

Students awarded a prize will be asked to submit a photo and mini biography which will appear on the RDM website. Profiles of previous winners can be accessed using the links on the right.


Nomination Deadline 15 September