Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize

Our essay prize is open to all undergraduate medical students studying at a UK medical school and is supported by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Enter our essay prize for the chance to win one of three prizes:

  • First prize: £750
  • Second prize: £500
  • Third prize: £250

What are the benefits of entering?

In addition to the prize money, winners will receive a certificate from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Your achievement will demonstrate to future employers your commitment to medicine and your professional development.

Awareness of ovarian cancer is low, both among women and healthcare professionals, with two-thirds of women diagnosed once the cancer has already spread, making the disease harder to treat.

Improving your knowledge of ovarian cancer will benefit you and your patients, whether or not you choose to specialise in gynaecology in the future. Together we can make sure women in the UK have the best chances of survival. 

The Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize will encourage the doctors of the future to gain a greater insight into ovarian cancer, giving them the knowledge they need to direct more women onto the correct diagnostic pathway sooner and crucially save lives.

Professor Debbie Sharp OBE, Chair of the Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize

How to enter

Submit an essay that addresses one of the following:

  • Impact of covid-19 on early stage diagnosis of ovarian cancer.
  • Early diagnosis of ovarian cancer: is the National Health Service up to the task?
  • How can analyses of germline genetics help us to identify potential new chemo-prevention agents for ovarian cancer?

Please note that essays demonstrating an in-depth knowledge of the chosen topic and assimilation of information into coherent arguments will score higher marks in the judging process.

Submission requirements

  • Up to 2,000 words (a 10 per cent margin either side will be applied)
  • A maximum of three figures or tables (footnotes included in the word count)
  • No more than 10 references

How to submit your essay

Submission deadline: 11.59pm, 26 June 2021

Submit your essay via the Oxford abstracts platform.

New users will need to register an account using their preferred email address. Please ensure you use an email address that is valid beyond the 2020/21 academic year. All communication regarding the essay prize will be through Oxford Abstracts, please check your spam and junk folders for an email from Oxford Abstracts and add the email domain to your safe sender list.

For further guidance on how to submit your application, please see Oxford Abstracts’ guidance on making a submission.

If you have any queries please contact us: essay@targetovariancancer.org.uk.

Funding of the Target Ovarian Cancer essay prize is made possible due to the kind generosity of the Annette Mills Charitable Trust.