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2016 Medical Student Essay Competition

Win a trip to Groningen, The Netherlands

Cancer Council Australia is offering a trip to Groningen, The Netherlands for the best essay on a cancer related subject by a medical student currently enrolled at an Australian University.

Every year the World Health Organisation – Collaborating Centre for Cancer Education runs The International Summer School 'Oncology for Medical Students'.

The winning student will attend the International Summer School 'Oncology for Medical Students' in Groningen 4th-15th July 2016.

Cancer Council Australia will pay for registration, an economy class airfare, two weeks accommodation and living allowance (to a total of $8,000 AUD).

Runners up will receive book gift vouchers. Information about the Summer School can be found at:

Who should apply?

Any student currently enrolled in a medical course at an Australian University.

What to submit:

An essay on How best to teach and learn about cancer in medical schools. Maximum length 2500 words.

Applicants may wish to focus on any aspect of cancer control.

The essays will be marked on science, originality, clarity and relevance and will be scored according to the following criteria:

  • Concise and logical presentation of the argument
  • Relevance to cancer care in Australia
  • Relevance to medical students


The aims of the summer school are:

  1. Helping students to become familiar with cancer care in general practice;
  2. Learning more about cancer-related problems in other countries; and
  3. The interchange of international contacts between the future generation of medical doctors.

Closing date:

Thursday 21st April 2016

Entries to be submitted via email to include full contact details (ie. mobile number), University and home address.


Linda Monk
Cancer Council Australia
GPO Box 4708, Sydney NSW 2001


Download the competition flyer here.

For further information contact: Linda Monk on phone: 02 8063 4100 or email:

2015 competition:

The winning essay in the 2015 Student Essay Competition was submitted by Roxanne Dubash. Click here to read Emma’s winning essay.

Runners-up essays:
Click on the names below to read the essays of our runners-up:

This page was last updated on: Monday, March 14, 2016