College Trainee Research Medals

Our 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, and are awarded for:

  • potential benefits to the public and patients.
  • impact on the 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.

Who can apply?

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.

The specialties for which the medal is awarded are:

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Medical Microbiology and Virology
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Haematology
  • Smaller specialties: Immunology, Allergy, Toxicology, Veterinary Pathology, Embryology and any other specialties that fall within the training schemes of the Royal College of Pathologists.

Timelines for applications

Application period

Thursday 5 April to Thursday 5 July 2018

Deadline for submissions:

5pm, Thursday 5 July 2018

Final decision to be made regarding winners:

October 2018

Announcement of results :

After the College Council meeting in November 2018

Date of College ceremony:

Spring 2019

How do I apply? 

To apply: 

  • download our guidance and application form below
  • complete the application form
  • ensure you have written confirmation of your role as a researcher from your research supervisor
  • attach a photograph for publication alongside the article
  • attach a single research paper 
  • submit your application and supporting documents by 5pm, Thursday 5 July 2018 to


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.