Medical Student Bursary

The BSCN Bursary for Medical Students

 Most medical students in the UK now have the opportunity to undertake an intercalated BSc, B Med Sci or MRes, with an integrated research project as part of the degree course. The BSCN Council has agreed to implement a bursary programme for the intercalated degree year, with the principal aims of supporting young people in neuroscience research, and to raise awareness of the specialty of Clinical Neurophysiology at a formative stage in medical student careers and academic opportunities in the field.
• One bursary will be offered by the BSCN per annum, with a value up to £5000* .
• The bursary must be used to support a full time research project of at least 6 months duration.
• The funds will be paid direct to the student.
• There is no stipulation as to how funds will be used by the student, but the expectation is that most of the bursary will be used to pay tuition fees.

* The Society will reserve the right not to award a bursary if applications are not deemed to be of sufficient calibre.

Operation & processing of applications
• A BSCN member must act as primary supervisor of the research project.
• Applications to be submitted to a scientific sponsorship sub-committee, with:
       - an application from the student outlining the research project (1 side of A4) and how it will fit into the programme of work in the host department
       -  previous experience of the supervisor in student supervision
       - a CV of the proposed student
Applications for the next academic year to be received by 31st July - to

• Applications will be reviewed by the scientific sub-committee, with the highest scoring suitable application being awarded a bursary. A runner-up will be chosen in case the first choice applicant is unable to pursue the degree for whatever reason.
• The applications will be scored on quality of the research project, with some weighting given to the quality/size/track record of the academic neuroscience group hosting the project.
• The scientific sub-committee will be formed by clinical neurophysiologists working in active academic departments, or with a proven track record in research. The chairman of the committee will be nominated by the BSCN Council, and serve for 3 years, extendable for a further 2 years.

• Students will be expected to submit an abstract of the completed project for presentation at one of the BSCN’s scientific meetings, held three times a year.

Further information (on the programme, UK Departments of Clinical Neurophysiology and possible supervisors) is available from the Hon. Secretary Dr Ronit Pressler (  

A flyer for the bursary for noticeboards etc can be downloaded

 Recipients of the BSCN bursary
2023      Alana Hodgson - "HAAND: hand assessment in ALS using a novel wearable device" (University of Sheffield)
2022      No bursary awarded
2021      No Bursary awarded
2020      No bursary awarded
2019      Young Cahn - "Getting the measure of motor neurone disease: hand-held impedance spectroscopy of muscle for disease monitoring" (University of Sheffield)
2018      Danish Hafeez "Electroencephalographic (EEG) signatures of experimentally induced verbal hallucinations" (Manchester)
2017      Harry McDonough - "Hold your tongue! Improving the neurophysiological assessment of MND" (University of Sheffield)
2016      No bursary awarded
2015      Sachin Modi (University College London)
2014      Charles Yong Wei Kit
2013      Ananthi Anandhakrishnan
2012      Ms Robyn Brown
2011      Mr Ashley Simpson (Newcastle University)
2010      Shared by Mr Jonathan Barnes (Newcastle University) and
              Mr Vishal Narwani (Royal Free Hospital)
2009      Mr Matthew Bolland (Newcastle University)