Undergraduate elective bursaries

The Royal College of Radiologists annually funds five undergraduate elective bursaries of £300 each.

The bursaries are intended to support medical students wishing to undertake an elective period of study in clinical oncology in the UK or abroad (to be completed before the end of 2021). Priority will be given to electives with a focus on radiotherapy.

Applications are invited from UK clinical undergraduate medical students. Successful applicants will be required to submit a report to the RCR, three months after the end of their elective. Reports from previous recipients are available.


Up to £300 each


UK medical students only

How to apply 

Applications for 2022 will open on 1 November 2021.

How applications will be assessed

  • Applications should be sent by email only to undergraduate@rcr.ac.uk to arrive no later than 19 February 2021.
  • Applications will be assessed by the clinical oncology undergraduate steering committee. The decision of the committee is final and binding.
  • Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application as soon as possible after the closing date.
  • Winners will be invited to receive their bursary at the 2021 undergraduate oncology day and may be invited to present a talk about their elective.

Criteria to be assessed 

  • Level and breadth of activity
  • Innovation and excellence
  • Future plans and evidence of sustainability.

*One successful applicant will be invited to present their work at the appropriate RCR meeting.

Covid-19 updates

  • There are no reports from winners of the 2020 elective bursaries
  • Winners of the elective bursaries will be awarded at the discretion of the undergraduate oncology steering committee.

Contact undergraduate@rcr.ac.uk if you have any questions about our undergraduate elective bursaries.

Presentation from our 2021 recipient

Leah Heredia, fourth year medical student at the University of Birmingham and recipient of the 2021 Undergraduate Elective Bursary, talks about her elective project and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

This presentation was developed independently and the information provided in this video does not represent RCR guidance or endorsement.