Applications for the 2020 JPT Awards are now closed


The Royal Society for Asian Affairs is pleased again to invite applications for the JPT Family Trust Medical Science Award.  These awards, open to individuals aged 21-30 are supported by long-standing members of the RSAA who have a special interest in medical science and practice in challenging environments.  The aim of the awards is to encourage purposeful travel in Asia by medical students and junior doctors.


How to apply

Applicants should submit a proposal in support of a medical project (practice or research) involving travel in a country or range of countries in Asia. Any part of Asia from eastern Turkey to Japan may be chosen. Proposals should be no more than two sides of A4 and must include the following:

  • Full name and date of birth
  • postal and email addresses
  • destination, purpose, timing and duration of travel
  • costings (as far as possible)
  • how costs will be met

Proposals should be accompanied by:

  • a short CV
  • two letters of support from referees

Awards will be made on the basis of originality, coherence, evidence of background knowledge, and the degree to which the project is likely to add to medical understanding of the area chosen and/or to benefit local people as well as the applicant. Preference will be given to projects that are linked to the applicant’s academic or other specialist courses.

In considering applications, the judges will also be looking for and evaluating evidence of the following twelve criteria:

  1. Awareness of cultural differences between Western & Asian systems and opportunity this provides for new thinking
  2. Interest in and understanding of host country healthcare system and challenges it faces
  3. Focus on a problem relevant to needs of host country
  4. Originality & novelty of idea, ie work of applicant rather than institution
  5. Clear description of project objectives and question(s) to be answered
  6. Choice of appropriate and realistic method with good likelihood of success
  7. Knowledge of relevant data handling techniques
  8. Use of technology matches healthcare system being visited
  9. Sensible planning, budgeting & organisation
  10. Good use of contacts and sponsoring organisation to enable project to succeed
  11. Explanation of how results of project will be fed back and to whom
  12. Identification of benefits of project to individual and learning objectives


Applications must be received by 18:00 on 21 February 2020.

Applications should be sent in pdf format to jpt@rsaa.org.uk An acknowledgement will be sent on receipt.


The award will consist of up to £2,000 and two years’ free membership of the RSAA. The judges have discretion to divide the award among multiple applicants and have usually done so. The judges aim to make their decisions on the basis of the written applications.  In the event that interviews are felt necessary, they will be held in London. (It may also be possible to conduct interviews online but this is not guaranteed.)

Successful applicants are required to make a short presentation to the RSAA about the project after its completion, and to provide a photographic or other pictorial record.  The JPT Family Trust attach particular importance to the fulfilment of these commitments.  The Trust have emphasised that the continuation of the awards for future generations of applicants is dependent on these commitments being honoured.

Successful applicants will be notified by 6 March 2020.  


Hover over a recipients name to view more details about their projects.

  • 2019Anna Murray

    Name: Anna Murray

    Year: 2019

  • 2019Freya Smith

    Name: Freya Smith

    Year: 2019

    Paediatrics, Nepal

  • 2019Harry Potts

    Name: Harry Potts

    Year: 2019

    Hepatitis, Mongolia

  • 2019Hepzibah Ogunro

    Name: Hepzibah Ogunro

    Year: 2019

    TB, Nepal

  • 2019Hannah Ellis

    Name: Hannah Ellis

    Year: 2019

    Reproductive Health in Malaysia

  • 2018Ben Sun

    Name: Ben Sun

    Year: 2018

    China: differences between its & UK’s healthcare

  • 2018Rathin Pujari

    Name: Rathin Pujari

    Year: 2018

    India: diabetic retinopathy

  • 2018Roshni Mansfield

    Name: Roshni Mansfield

    Year: 2018

    Bhutan: paediatric surgery

  • 2018Michael Gach

    Name: Michael Gach

    Year: 2018

    Indonesia: anti-microbial prescribing

  • 2018Haamed Al Hassan

    Name: Haamed Al Hassan

    Year: 2018

    Palestinian occupied territories: opthamology

  • 2017Thomas Bennett

    Name: Thomas Bennett

    Year: 2017

    India: Travel to Ladakh and Himalayas with Himalayan Health Exchange (HHE) to improve local well-being through public health strategies and primary care clinics.

  • 2017Timothy Seers

    Name: Timothy Seers

    Year: 2017

    Cambodia: To undertake a research project in malaria control

  • 2017Catherine Hsu

    Name: Catherine Hsu

    Year: 2017

    Vietnam & Taiwan: A four-week placement at the Ho Chi Minh Hospital for Infectious Diseases (HTD) and a three-week placement in the oncology department at the National Taiwan University Hospital

  • 2017Esther Park

    Name: Esther Park

    Year: 2017

    Pakistan: To explore systemic health-care issues alongside the culture and religion and how they all interact with one another. To find out the strengths and limitations of foreigner-led charity medical services and what difference such services can make to the women of the society, who are often reckoned as second-class citizens due to cultural or religious reasons.

  • 2017Fatima Junaid

    Name: Fatima Junaid

    Year: 2017

    Jordan: to observe and describe the provision of palliative care in the Middle East

  • 2016Arani Vivekanantham

    Name: Arani Vivekanantham

    Year: 2016

    India: Clinical and Research Placement at Christian Medical College, Vellore

  • 2016Naa Akle Dromo Okantey

    Name: Naa Akle Dromo Okantey

    Year: 2016

    India: Study into sex workers healthcare in Maharashtra

  • 2016Kasha Rogers-Smith

    Name: Kasha Rogers-Smith

    Year: 2016

    India: Conduct a survey of pre-hospital care received by spinal cord injured patients in a specialist spinal hospital in New Delhi

  • 2016Ali Rezaei Haddad

    Name: Ali Rezaei Haddad

    Year: 2016

    Iran: The Influence of Iranian Lifestyle and History on the Prevalence of Multiple Sclerosis

  • 2015Tarquin Bertram

    Name: Tarquin Bertram

    Year: 2015

    Nepal: Explore the differences in healthcare needs and provision across the varied landscape of Nepal

  • 2015Valmir Selimi

    Name: Valmir Selimi

    Year: 2015

    Cambodia: Attend the Cambodia Children’s Surgical Centre (CSC) to view and experience a range of surgical procedures

  • 2015Cara Ann Mason

    Name: Cara Ann Mason

    Year: 2015

    Mongolia: Evaluation of the effect of medical education

  • 2015Amber Barthorpe

    Name: Amber Barthorpe

    Year: 2015

    Japan: Comparing the characteristics of Japanese suicide and British suicide attempters from comparable tertiary healthcare centres of all ages

  • 2013Mr Muhammed Syahmi Roslan

    Name: Mr Muhammed Syahmi Roslan

    Year: 2013

    Malaysia: Confusion: prevalence of dementia, delirium, depression and anxiety in hospital elderly, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia.

  • 2013Ms Tianying Zhang

    Name: Ms Tianying Zhang

    Year: 2013

    Vietnam: Adult & paediatric infectious diseases: research into Klebsiella pneumoniae oropharyngeal carriage in rural and urban populations.

  • 2013Ms Jennifer Dodds

    Name: Ms Jennifer Dodds

    Year: 2013

    India: Qualitative survey re reasons of early removal of copper interuterine devices amongst Adivas women in Nilgiris District, Tamil Nadu, India.

  • 2013Ms Jennifer Myo

    Name: Ms Jennifer Myo

    Year: 2013

    Cambodia: Demographic health survey of Katchcam Village, Lumphat District, Ratakiri, Cambodia.

  • 2013Ms Frances Yarlett

    Name: Ms Frances Yarlett

    Year: 2013

    Cambodia: Demographic health survey of Katchcam Village, Lumphat District, Ratakiri, Cambodia.

  • 2012Ms Michelle Wilmott

    Name: Ms Michelle Wilmott

    Year: 2012

    Various: joint project comparing end-of-life care in widely differing countries and situations

  • 2012Mr Arjun Kingdon

    Name: Mr Arjun Kingdon

    Year: 2012

    Various: joint project comparing end-of-life care in widely differing countries and situations

  • 2012Ms Sonia Sharma

    Name: Ms Sonia Sharma

    Year: 2012

    Malaysia: study of the helminth carriage in children living in rural villages in Sarawak

  • 2012Ms Lucy Loong

    Name: Ms Lucy Loong

    Year: 2012

    Various: to gain insight into how healthcare & conservation can work synergistically for local healthcare.



2019 recipients: Hannah Ellis, Anna Murray, Hepzibah Ogunro, Harry Potts and Freya Smith
Job title:

Hannah Ellis for reproductive health in Malaysia

Anna Murray for trauma care in Myanmar

Hepzibah Ogunro for TB in Nepal

Harry Potts for hepatitis in Mongolia

Freya Smith for paediatrics in Nepal