2021 Apothecaries’ Prize

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries is pleased to announce that applications for the 2021 Apothecaries’ Prize will open on 27th August.  The Prize is aimed at doctors at pre-consultant level (in the last two years of training) or, in pharmacy training, those practising at Advanced Stage II of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Faculty or similar.  Entry for the prize will consist of submitting a published paper in medical therapeutics or public health medicine.

The winner will receive a medal and a cheque for £1,000, to be given at our prestigious Awards Dinner in May 2021, which is attended by senior medical representatives, including Presidents of the Royal Colleges and heads of other major medical organisations.

More details of the prize can be found below.  Candidates can find this information and apply using this link: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZZS3RCK

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact Beci Ryan deputyclerk@apothecaries.org on behalf of Charles Mackworth-Young- Master (2017-2018), Chair of the 400th Committee, Worshipful Society of Apothecaries

Origin of the prize

To mark the 400th Anniversary of the granting of its Royal Charter by King James I in 1617, the Society of Apothecaries established an appeal fund for making grants in three areas.  One of these was the support of the newly established Apothecaries’ Prize. 

Submission

Entry for the Prize will consist of the electronic submission of:

  1. A published paper in medical therapeutics or public health medicine.  The topic may be in any specialist medical, surgical, psychiatric, public health or pharmaceutical field.  It may be clinical or scientific, but should relate to therapy or public health.  The applicant should be first, last or principal author on the paper.  The paper should have been published within the preceding two years.
  2. A statement by the candidate outlining the significance of the paper and his/her contribution to it.
  3. A written independent peer review, solicited by the applicant, indicating the quality and importance of the paper.  The reviewer should not work in the same institution as the applicant.
  4. Evidence of the candidate’s stage of career.
  5. A statement by a sponsor confirming the significance of the paper and the candidate’s contribution to it.  The sponsor could be the candidate’s supervisor or another senior colleague.

Selection

The winner will be selected by the 400th Committee (or a subcommittee thereof) according to the following criteria/evidence:

  • Quality of the paper.
  • Quality of the journal.
  • Peer review.
  • Candidate’s statement, and comparison of this with the peer review.
  • Sponsor’s statement.
  • Overall judgement by the committee as to the significance of the paper.

Prize

The winner will receive a medal and a cheque for £1,000, to be given at the Society’s subsequent Award Ceremony which takes place annually in May.

Timetable

  • Thursday, 27th August 2020:  Applications open
  • Friday, 6th November 2020 23:59 GMT:  Applications close
  • November/December 2020:  Selection committee sits
  • December 2020:  Candidates informed of the result
  • Tuesday, 25th May 2021:  Medal and cheque presented at Society’s Award Ceremony.  This event represents the most important point in the Society’s academic year.  It includes the award of the Galen and Farr medals to distinguished researchers in the fields of therapeutics and medical care for the elderly respectively.  The ceremony is followed by a white tie dinner in the Great Hall.  It is attended by senior medical representatives, including Presidents of the Royal Colleges and heads of other major medical organisations.

If you wish to apply, you may do so via this link:  https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ZZS3RCK