Society of Apothecaries Rhino Elective Awards 2021-2022 Applications now open

The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries is delighted to invite applications from UK medical students for sponsorship to support electives undertaken abroad or in the UK.  Applications open on Fri 22nd October 2021.

In December 2017 the Society celebrated the 400th Anniversary of the granting of its Charter by King James I. To mark this occasion, it launched the Rhino Electives, offering grants to medical students to support their electives.  In line with the 400th theme, the awards are worth £400 each.

Normally it is a requirement for receiving one of these awards that the proposed elective be carried out in a country where there is or has been an indigenous rhino population.  However, the Society appreciates that, because of the coronavirus pandemic, it may currently be difficult for students to plan electives abroad. Therefore, for the present round of applications this requirement will be waived.  It will be acceptable for the proposed elective to take place in the UK or any other country. The Society will welcome creative ideas that still address the principal purposes of an elective, including travelling to a new institution for an experience that benefits the student and the local population.

The deadline for applications will be 31st December 2021 at 23:59 GMT. Winners will be announced in February 2022.

Applicants must be:

Within the three final years of their medical student training.

Undertaking their electives between March 2022 and April 2023.

Those eligible to apply can do so via this link:

We very much hope that your students will find this award of interest, and that you will advertise it to them – please find attached a flyer about the Prize to forward on. This flyer and more information about the Society is available at