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Student Electives 2022

We've been running our student Elective scheme for nearly 20 years.

Following an enforced break caused by the pandemic, we are pleased to report the return of the scheme in 2022.

Our Electives provide students with funding to embark upon their first project and gain exposure to the world of Scar Free relevant research.

About the Electives

Scar Free Foundation Electives are worth up to £1,200 and support research projects focussed on wound healing, scarring, and disfiguring conditions.

The awards provide students with the opportunity to broaden their perception and experience of research, during a 4–8-week supervised period in one of the following disciplines:

  • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
  • Burn medicine and care
  • Hand surgery
  • Craniofacial care and treatment

Electives are offered in conjunction with 4 of our Principal Member Organisations.

We are most grateful to them for their continued support in the scheme.

In 2022, we are offering a total of 4 Electives for projects taking place in the UK and Ireland only.

The Electives are competitive and are externally assessed by expert Reviewers who look for rigour in research, quality supervision and the potential impact on the student’s future career. Previous recipients of our funding have gone on to undertake further research training, PhD’s and some have become NIHR Clinical Academic Fellows.

How to apply


Electives are available in the following fields (see below for remit and eligibility criteria):

Award

  • SFF/ BAPRAS

To support projects focused on plastic and reconstructive surgery

One award per annum

Eligibility: Medical students only

  • SFF/BSSH

To support projects focused on hand surgery

One award per annum

Eligibility: Medical students only

  • SFF/BBA

To support projects focused on burn medicine and care

One award per annum

Eligibility: Medical, paramedic, nursing, dietetics and psychology students

  • SFF/CFSGB&I

To support projects focused on craniofacial medicine, care and treatment

One award per annum

Eligibility: Medical, dental, nursing, psychology and speech & language therapy students

Supervision


All applicants need to identify an appropriate Supervisor to oversee the Elective project.

Supervisors are experienced academic or clinical individuals who agree to support the project. Supervisors are asked to formalise their support by signing the application form and are asked to provide the Scar Free Foundation with a copy of their CV, detailing previous academic experience. This should be submitted along with the application form.

All Supervisors will undertake to provide the following level of support:

  • Review and aid the development of the Student’s research protocol, to ensure that methodological issues are dealt with prior to the Student beginning their project
  • Provide support for any issues that emerge during the project, at the analysis or write-up stage
  • Set a deadline for receipt of a draft final report, reviewing and providing constructive criticism to the Student within a time-frame, which enables them to make any necessary changes
  • Sign off the student’s report and provide a short report to the Scar Free Foundation on their progress

We recommend that 4-6 meetings/phone calls take place between the Supervisor and student during the project and write-up phase.

All projects must take place in Great Britain or Ireland only.

If you have any questions about the scheme please email [email protected]

Please email your application to [email protected]

By 5pm on the 28 February 2022
PLEASE NOTE: LATE, INCOMPLETE OR UNSIGNED APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
IF YOU ARE HAVING ANY ISSUES WITH YOUR APPLICATION, PLEASE ALLOW ENOUGH TIME TO CONTACT THE FOUNDATION.
IF YOU CONTACT THE FOUNDATION ON THE DAY OF THE DEADLINE, QUERIES MAY NOT BE RESPONDED TO.