Prizes and Bursaries

Prizes and Bursaries for Students

The Centre for Academic Primary Care offers a number of different prizes relating to undergraduates and their teaching.  For further information on any of these prizes, contact Primary Care Teaching Office via 

Elective prizes

The Nathan Burton Prize in Primary Care is worth £250 and is available each year for one student who would like to study Primary Care during their elective period. You are eligible to apply for this prize in March of your 4th Year.  The successful candidate must submit a report of their elective. The prize is advertised each year via the Galenicals Newsletter, the Year 4 update and GPSOC. To apply for this prize, you must complete and return the application form by the deadline at the end of May.

The Royal College of General Practice (RCGP) also has an elective prize worth £500 for medical students undertaking an elective in primary care worth. You can find out more information on their website here, under ‘Training Prizes’ The deadline for this is also the end of May each year.

Elective scheme for General Practice placements in Bristol

Each year, we offer Bristol medical students the opportunity to apply for funding for an elective placement in General Practice in the footprint of Bristol Medical School. The ‘footprint’ of Bristol Medical School includes practices close to the clinical academies. The funding is paid directly to the practice and is to cover costs to the practice of providing elective supervision for up to eight weeks. For more information and the application for, please see the Primary care elective scheme application form (Office document, 42kB)


Primary Care offers bursaries to attend conferences. The bursaries are available to students who have had posters or presentations accepted. 

Up to £400 is available to support each student to attend an approved conference; this should cover the conference fees, modest accommodation and travel (with receipts). Approved conferences are the RCGP or SAPC conferences although we will also consider applications to other conferences but the poster or presentation should have a primary care focus. To apply, please complete our Conference bursary application form 2023 (Office document, 14kB) and email to

The University of Bristol Alumni Foundation awards grants to students to apply for conferences.  

Prizes for GPs

Each year, students are asked to nominate their GP teachers for a GP Teacher Prize.  These GP teachers teach students in their practices across the South West.  These GPs invest a lot of time and enthusiasm in their teaching and we want to reward them for this. Therefore each year we give 6 awards to our GP teachers.  There is an award for the best teacher of each year as well as the best supervisor of an external student selected component (SSC).  Students are asked to nominate GPs by completing a brief online survey which we make available each year.  The recipient of each award will be the GP with the most positive student nominations.

We also offer an Academy Practice Prize, nominated by the Academy GP Lead and central teaching team for a teaching practice that has gone 'above and beyond' in their delivery of undergraduate teaching.

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