Health Essay Competition

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The Global Forum for Health Research and The Lancet are sponsoring their fourth joint essay competition with the theme Innovating for the health of all.

Within the broad range of the theme, essays are invited from young professionals working in or interested in the wide spectrum of research for health and health equity.


  • Authors must have been born on or after 1 January 1979.
  • The competition is open to young people from all disciplines (for instance, social sciences and humanities, engineering, environment, nutrition, health, etc.) and backgrounds (such as academia, NGO, private sector, social entrepreneur, etc.).

    Rules and guidelines:

  • Each author may submit one essay only.
  • Essays may be submitted in English, French or Spanish and should be 1500 words maximum.
  • Essays must be based on the author’s own ideas and not be derived from another source.
  • Essays must not have been previously published.
  • Entries are individual (i.e., the work of a single author).
  • They should include original, even provocative ideas and not be technical or academic texts: tables, charts and figures are probably not necessary; references should be limited.
  • Authors are free to be idealistic, passionate, to take established practices to task, albeit in a constructive fashion.
  • Within the context of research for health, the theme Innovating for the health of all allows authors to include any aspect that interests them particularly.


  • The deadline for receipt of entries is 13 May.


  • A selection of shortlisted essays will be published in an anthology as well as on the Global Forum and Lancet websites.
  • Winners will be invited to take part (with all expenses paid) in Forum. the annual meeting of the Global Forum for Health Research, which will take place in Havana, Cuba, from 16 to 20 November.

    For more information and application, visit: Health Essay Competition

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