Awards and Medals

Click below to learn more about each of our Awards and Medals and any current closing dates:

The College is excited to launch a new digital platform for Fellows, Members and Affiliates to search, plan and apply for College Awards, Grants, Bursaries and Fellowships in 2023 and beyond. Create an account and find all our opportunities here.

The Dundas Medal

The medal is in commemoration of Dr Charles Robert (Bertie) Dundas FFARCS FRCP Glasgow. Dr Dundas was a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Surgery (Anaesthetics) in Aberdeen and honorary consultant anaesthetist from 1975 to 1995. He died in 2014 from biliary carcinoma. He was never offered palliative care whilst he was ill and spent his last months waiting for chemotherapy whilst enduring a poor quality of life. His widow Dr Valerie Dundas made a donation to PATCH (Palliation and The Caring Hospital) to improve the provision of palliative care in hospital.

In recognition of Bertie’s lifelong enthusiasm for teaching, research and innovation, an annual award to recognise efforts to improve the provision of palliative care for patients when they are in hospital is fitting. The award is open to individuals or teams [medical, nursing or paramedical] working in any hospital in the UK. It is not essential that the applicant should be an FRCSEd. 

Applications close on Wednesday 10 April 2024.

Submit your application on the Grants and Awards platform here.

Hunter Doig Medal

Applications are invited for the Hunter Doig Medal to be awarded in 2024.

This silver medal is awarded every second year to a female Fellow or Member of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh who, in the opinion of Council, demonstrates career potential and ambition, as well as:

  • High standards of practice in terms of “good surgical practice”
  • Clinical excellence
  • Ongoing contribution to education and training
  • Clinically based research and audit
  • Laboratory research of direct clinical relevance.

Applicants may self-nominate or be proposed by a colleague, Board, Committee, or other body recognised by the College.  Applications must be accompanied by a full CV and supported by three referees, two of whom will be surgeons and one who will not be a surgeon.  Written references should be submitted at the time of the application.

Applications in the first instance should be submitted to Mrs Irene MacDonald-Kennedy, PA to the Chief Executive, Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, Nicolson Street, Edinburgh, EH8 9DW or by email to by Friday 10 May 2024.

The Syme Medal

James Syme (1799-1870) was a leading surgeon of his day and an enthusiastic teacher and surgical innovator. He was also the mentor of Joseph Lister. The Syme Medal is a prestigious mark of excellence awarded by the College to a Fellow or Member of the College in good standing, on the basis of a recently submitted thesis (MD or PhD), or published body of research, or educational development. Research should have been published in high quality peer reviewed journals. Consideration will be given to the impact of the work on future research or clinical practice. The Medal is to be awarded to surgeons in training or recently appointed consultants and is often based on work leading to a doctoral thesis. This award is distinct from the King James IV Professorship.

Applications close on Sunday 19 May 2024.

Submit your application on the Grants and Awards platform here.

For further information, please contact the Research and Grants Co-Ordinator, Development and Partnerships Office by email at

King James IV Professorship

King James IV of Scotland, who confirmed this College's Seal of Cause on 13 October 1506, had an interest in all matters scientific, including medicine and surgery, and was particularly proud of his skill as a dental surgeon, adopting the somewhat unusual practise of paying patients on whom he operated.

To mark the Millennium, The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, with the Faculty of Dental Surgery, proposed the establishment of lectureships to be awarded annually by the College in open competition to practitioners of surgery or dental surgery who have made a significant contribution to the clinical and/or scientific basis of surgery. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gave permission for the College to use the title King James IV Professorship.

Up to five Professorships may be awarded annually - two to Dental Fellows and three to Surgical Fellows of the College. The King James Professorships are the most senior academic award made by the College. They are intended to recognise a substantial body of work by an individual not less than 5 years from substantive appointment as a consultant or an equivalent position. The work presented may not be the same work submitted for a Syme Medal. The courtesy title of Professor will be accorded to King James IV Lecturers for the duration of the College year in which their lecture is delivered.

Applications close on Saturday 1 June 2024.

Submit your application on the Grants and Awards platform here.

For further information, please contact the Research and Grants Co-Ordinator, Development and Partnerships Office by email at

Past recipients of the King James IV Professorship

Sushruta Professorship in Plastic Surgery Medal Awardees

Year Name Title of Lecture
2019 Narayana Murthy Define, Diagnose, Classify to Record Reversibility in Diabetic Foot 

Sushruta-Guha Awardees



Title of Lecture


David Herndon

The Molecular response of white blood cells, muscle and fat to massive burn, insights into the host response to injury and sepsis


S Milner 

The 90% burn: lessons learned 


G Burget 

Three artistic principles for reconstruction of the nose 


D A McGrouther 



R Sabapathy 

Pushing the boundaries in limb salvage following trauma 


B Pomohac

Facial restoration by transplantation


Stefan O'Hofer

Transforming lives. Breast Cancer Reconstruction: How we changed a procedure into an academic practice and then changed the world around us. 

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