Since 1907, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health. Through our network of members across the world, we facilitate research, share knowledge, guide lifelong careers, and drive impact.

As a respected Society at the heart of the tropical medicine and global health community, we connect people and organisations who work, or are interested in, these areas. We’re an independent organisation and have a unique role in convening diverse stakeholders from many sectors and disciplines.

We play a role in all stages of global health practice from initial research and development, publication and showcasing, implementation, debate, and impact.

Our work includes funding and disseminating multidisciplinary research through peer-reviewed journals and a calendar of meetings and events. We provide grants for UK and international research and travel scholarships, as well as awarding medals for excellence in practice and to recognise emerging talent.

As a Student Ambassador for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, you could be involved in a range of activities that help raise the profile of RSTMH at your university/institution and potentially with your wider networks.

RSTMH expectations of Student Ambassadors 

  • Be a full-time student in a subject related to global health, though part-time students will also be considered.
  • Have good networks and be confident and willing to represent RSTMH at events and meetings.
  • Provide feedback and ideas, thoughts or comments concerning Society activities to help with the process of continuous improvement. 
  • Always treat RSTMH staff, supporters, partners and members with respect, consideration and appreciation.
  • Be friendly and professional at all times when representing RSTMH and engaging your networks about RSTMH.
  • Help disseminate announcements to relevant students and staff on an ongoing basis, for instance, via departmental mailing lists, Noticeboards, or social media; via online resource portals and/or via the course convener for the relevant degree programmes.
  • Provide as much notice as possible if you are unable to fulfil your Student Ambassador commitment. 
  • Have a good understanding of RSTMH and our work: our events, grants, journals and other plans.
  • Be able to communicate clearly about RSTMH and our work, staying within RSTMH’s brand guidelines. 
  • Be familiar with the aims and scope of our two journals.
  • Act in a way that doesn’t discriminate against or exclude anyone. 
  • Respect different opinions and be sensitive to different cultures. 
  • Have a strong social media presence.
  • Donate as much time to the role as you can. 

How to apply 

Student Ambassadors are recruited throughout the year. 

We are now open for applications. If you would like to apply to become a RSTMH Student Ambassador, please complete the application form. 

Please give as much information as possible about your experiences, interests and availability. 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amelia Fincham,  

Welcome to the RSTMH Medical Student Essay Competition.  

This is the first time we have run this for some years and we plan to have an essay competition for global health students in due course. 

This competition is only open to current, full-time, medical students, that can be based anywhere in the world. 

Please find below the guidelines for the essay competition.  


The essay should be on the topic of one of RSTMH's thematic priorities, as listed below 

  · Neglected tropical diseases, with a particular focus on their overlap with non-communicable diseases and the sustainable development goals

· Malaria, with a particular focus on drug resistance

· One Health and wider planetary health. The consideration of human health alongside animal health, and the environment, in the context of social, economic and political factors

· Topical issues including, but not limited to, emerging diseases

· Drug resistant infections 


The essay should be no longer than 2,000 words, excluding appendices, bibliography, footnotes, and tables. 

A 150–200 word summary should also be submitted together with the essay. 

Format and presentation 

The essay should be in English, the content should be organised into a logical succession of headed sections, where possible.

Bibliography and footnotes 

All sources must be appropriately acknowledged in Harvard style only. All references should be in plain text. References do not count as part of the word count. 


The essay should be entirely your own original work and should not have been previously published. Please note that if the summary is omitted; the essay will not be considered. 


The prize for the winning essay is £200, plus a year's free membership to RSTMH  


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