Student AMHS Essay Prize

Every year we award a prize to an arts or medical or health sciences student for the best essay relating to medical history. We would of course look forward to meeting you and hearing it at one of our meetings.

The main purpose of the Prize is to recognise and reward the student who has written the most outstanding essay on a subject related to medical history.

The Auckland Medical History Society Essay Prize was established in 2016 by the Auckland Medical History Society. The society was established in 1964 and its mission is ‘the promotion of an interest in, and knowledge of, medical history through lectures, discussions, exhibitions and other means’.

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The Prize of $500 will be awarded annually to the full-time student at Stage III or Honours level at the University of Auckland who achieves the highest mark in a essay on a subject/subjects relating to the history of Medicine.  As a minimum standard, the student must achieve an A- grade. The essay should be a 5,000 word essay or alternatively you could present a portfolio consisting of two 2,500 word essays.

Courses related to the history of Medicine are HISTORY 367 and 725, and MBChB 311.

The winner will present their essay to the Society as part of our Speaker Programme

We look forward to meeting you and hearing your essay. Bring your friends!

Good luck!

Is there a fixed or approximate closing date each year?

There is no fixed date – as it depends on whether the courses are offered in semester 1 or semester 2 – the closing date is following the end of the appropriate course/courses.

What is the system for appointing assessors of submitted essays?

The assessment is overseen by the Deputy Head, School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, and the Head of the FMHS Medical Humanities programme.

Is there a fixed time for notifying the result?

The student is notified by Scholarships Office as soon as the signed selection memorandum has been received and processed.

How to apply

You do not need to apply for prize or complete an online application form. The AMHS essay prize is awarded on the recommendation of the relevant faculty or University of Auckland committee.

For more information about the awarding process for this prize, please feel welcome download a copy of the regulations, or contact the University of Auckland information centre.

Download Award Regulations


Student Info

The AMHS welcomes students who are interested in medical history to become a member of the AMHS.  Membership is free for students.

All are welcome to our speaker programme if a topic catches your eye. These evenings are also an opportunity to network with other students and other health professionals. Bring your friends! 

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