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. Create an account and find all our opportunities here.

RCSEd Chennai Exam Prize

RCSEd is delighted to announce the new ‘RCSEd Chennai Exam Prize’ which will be awarded to the top scoring candidate in the MRCS Part B OSCE exam held in Chennai in July. The recipient will receive £500 towards the cost of their exam fee, alongside a certificate to commemorate their achievement.

There is no need to apply as the selection will be based on exam performance.

This award has been made possible by a generous donation made by the Court of Benefactors, Chennai.

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 Sushruta Professorship in Plastic Surgery

The Sushruta Professorship in Plastic Surgery has been established through the generosity of the Guha family to recognise a distinguished scholar in Plastic Surgery. The scholastic work is to be presented at a meeting of an ICOPLAST member National Society,, travel of which would be funded with up to $2000 of support. In Sushruta’s spirit, the awardee’s lifetime contribution should reflect some of the following attributes (scholarship, leadership, stewardship, and humanitarian work) through original research, practice, leadership and publication in Plastic Surgery peer reviewed forums. In addition to the travel expenses to attend and present their lecture, the successful applicant will receive $1,500 honorarium, a medal and certificate.

Applications close on Monday 3 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

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 are now closed. 

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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