College Trainee Research Medals

The Royal College of Pathologists’ Trainee Research Medals are awarded annually for outstanding research work undertaken by pathologists or scientists in training. The Gold Research Medal is awarded for the best research published in any specialty in the relevant year (1 July - 30 June) while the Specialty Research Medals are awarded to the best candidates in each of the major specialties of the College.


The aims of the Royal College of Pathologists’ Research Medals scheme are:

  • to recognise and reward the best of the excellent science that College trainees publish, encouraging them in their research careers
  • to enhance the curricula vitae of the successful individuals, improves their chances of external research awards
  • ultimately, to increase research activity within pathology 
  • to enhance the status of the research of pathology trainees, both within and outside the College 
  • to help identify the future research stars that will provide the next generation of leadership in research
  • to generate positive publicity and the value trainees gain from the College.

Awarded to:

The awards are open to all junior pathologists or scientists registered with the College or a UK Regulatory Council for training purposes during the year the submitted paper was published. The article must either have been either published or accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed journal.

Awarded for:

Potential benefits to the public and patients.
Impact on field.
Contribution of the individual to the paper.


A medal will be presented at a College ceremony. The winning paper or a related extract will be published on the College website and/or in the College Bulletin.

Closing dates for submissions:

Closing date for 2017 is 5pm on Monday 3rd July.

How to apply:

The Trainee Research Medal Awards are launched each year on the College website in April. Full application guidance and application form: 

Research Medal Awards


Submitting your application

  • Completed application form and photograph (for publication alongside the article).
  • A single research paper
  • Submitted by 5pm, Monday 3rd July 2017 to  

The role of the Supervisor

Written confirmation of the role of the researcher is required from their research supervisor. The research supervisor must comment on the applicants’ contribution to the research and the importance of the contribution.


Application period:

Monday 3rd April -  Monday 3rd July

Deadline for submissions:

5pm, Monday 3rd July 2017

Research Committee meeting:

September 2017

Final decision to be made regarding winners:

October 2017

Announcement of results of selection process:

November 2017 at the College Council meeting

Date of College ceremony:

Spring 2018