Undergraduate Prizes & Scholarships

Dr. Daniel O'Mahony Excellence in Pharmacology & Therapeutics Prize

Dr. Daniel O'Mahony was a cherished member of the Department of pharmacology for many years. Sadly Dr O'Mahoney passed away on Christmas Day 2020. To honour his contribuition to the Department we have named this prize in his honour. 


  • Value: €250
  • You must be a current UCC Student to be eligible for this prize
  • Questions about this prize can be directed to medschool@ucc.ie

The Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics is sponsoring an annual prize to the student with the best overall results in Pharmacology based on PT1445 and PT2448, and best performance in the Pharmacology elements of PF3009, PF3010, PF3012, and PF4014. The value of the prize is €250 and the student will also be awarded a commemorative parchment. 


  • It will be awarded to the student with the best results in Pharmacology aggregated over the four years of the BPharm degree.
  • To be eligible for the prize, students must attain a pass in all modules and no compensation is permitted in any subject.
  • Exams must be taken at the Summer Examination and the student must have taken the examination for the first time and at the first opportunity. Exceptionally, students taking the examinations for the first time and at the first opportunity at any Supplemental Examination because of illness/injury or other mitigating circumstances will be eligible for the prize.
  • In the event of a tie between two or more qualified students, the total amount of the prize will be divided equally among them


Dr Anne Wilson/Dentsply Sirona Prize in Dental Pharmacology

In recognition of Dr. Anne Wilson's contribution to the teaching of Dental Pharmacology, Dentsply Sirona, have offered an award to the value of €200, to be awarded annually to the Third Year Dental student who achieves the highest marks in Dental Pharmacology at the first attempt.

BPS Clinical Undergraduate Prize

The BPS  Clinical Undergraduate Prize recognises the achievements of medical students studying pharmacology and clinical pharmacology in the UK and Ireland. Winners will receive £100.

Medical schools can nominate students based on:

  • Examination
  • Prescribing Safety Assessment
  • Research Project
  • Special Study Module

Candidates must: 

  • be registered for the degree of MB ChB or equivalent in the UK or Ireland
  • have reached the end of their third year of studies which may include an intercalated year


Health Research Board Summer Student Scholarship

The Summer Student Scholarships support undergraduate students in health or social care-related disciplines to complete short research projects during the summer. The purpose of the scholarship scheme is to encourage an interest in research and give students an opportunity to become familiar with research techniques. The project must fall within one of the following research areas:  patient-oriented and clinical research, health services research or population health research. Applications that focus solely or predominantly on basic biomedical research are not eligible.

  • €300 per week bursary
  • Lasting max 8 weeks
  • Opens November 



  • not be in the first or final year of your NFQ Level 8 degree course;
  • not be in the final year of the undergraduate component of a degree course which includes an optional or additional year or more for further level 9 or 10 qualification such as MSc MPharm or PhD;
  • not have previously conducted a PhD and/or MSc by research;
  • not have worked as a research assistant, research technician or in any role with experience of 8 weeks or more active research;
  • not have undertaken any research project longer than 8 weeks consecutively, in a full-time capacity including HRB or other summer student scholarships.

Irish Cancer Society

The Irish Cancer Society is now accepting applications for the Summer Studentships Award 2022. The objective of the Irish Cancer Society Summer Studentships is to offer excellent undergraduate students the opportunity to undertake a cancer research project and to work with researchers in high-quality research environments. This programme will give students the opportunity to gain research experience at an early stage in their career path.

There are four summer studentship awards available: two translational biomedical research summer studentships and two social, nursing, and allied health sciences summer studentships. Applicants can only apply for one type of studentship award

  • €2500 bursary
  • 8 weeks
  • Closing February 2022

Breakthrough Cancer Research

At Breakthrough Cancer Research we fund researchers with projects which aim to improve cancer care and survival.  We favour funding ideas which are patient focused and/or clinically linked and translationally oriented. We look for projects which fulfil our current research priorities.  Bench projects are considered but should a have clear path to translation, however long, and researchers should be clear on the unmet need or clinical challenge the project seeks to address.

  • €2500 bursary
  • 6-10 Weeks
  • Closing February 2022
  • Must be finished 2nd or 3rd Year. 

Physiological Society

The Physiological Society Recognises scientific excellence and celebrate outstanding contributions to physiology. They have recently launched theyr grant programme. They ahve a number of grants and aschemes on offer for 2022. Please see their website for further information. https://www.physoc.org/grants-and-prizes/grants/


British Pharmacological Society

This studentship from the British Pharmacological Society encourages undergraduates to take pharmacology as a specialism. Winners will receive up to £1,850 for up to ten weeks to help cover living costs during a research project. 

The deadline for applications is 17 March 2022.


  • Student’s academic record and evidence of interest in research
  • Project quality and pharmacological relevance
  • Supervisor’s track record and academic environment


  • Applicants must be undergraduate members based at universities in the UK and Ireland
  • Projects will be considered in areas including exploratory or applied pharmacology and experimental/translational medicine and clinical research
  • Applicants must be supervised by a Society member of at least three years (who must be an Early Career Member in a post-doctoral position, a Full Member or Fellow)
  • Supervisors are encouraged to only submit one application. If submitting more than one, applications must be ranked at the point of submission
  • Final year students may apply, but the award will only support a standalone project


Upload one PDF (using Arial 11 and Moderate margins), including:

  • one page cover letter from the student outlining what they hope to gain from the studentship
  • one page overview of student's career to date (including grades)
  • one page outlining the research project
  • one page containing a statement from the supervisor on the student's suitability for a research project, confirmation that funds are available to cover the research and a list of 3 recent and relevant publications from the host laboratory

Winners must submit a report on their project, provide a personal email address and update the Society on their career progression.

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