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Jean Ginsburg Memorial Foundation Scholarship

Founded in 2006 in memory of Dr Jean Ginsburg by the Jean Ginsburg Memorial Foundation

At Oxford Dr Ginsburg did her preclinical work and an honours degree in physiology. Dr Ginsburg was one of the first women to graduate from St Mary's Hospital Medical School, London. In 1954, two years after qualifying, Dr Ginsburg took a research fellowship in physiology and medicine at St Thomas's Hospital. Here Dr Ginsburg worked in the Sherrington School of Physiology under the famous Henry Barcroft; her main interest was the circulation and she was a pioneer of venous occlusion plethysmography.

In 1961 Dr Ginsburg became a research fellow and senior lecturer in the obstetrics department at Charing Cross Hospital, where she developed the interest in women's health that determined her future career. In 1966, Dr Ginsburg was appointed senior lecturer and consultant endocrinologist at the Royal Free Hospital, where she remained, pursuing research to the end of her life. After she retired from clinical work she became an indefatigable medicolegal expert.

Jean Ginsburg was the author of many research papers and wrote one book, The Circulation in the Female from the Cradle to the Grave (1989) and co-edited two more, Drug Therapy in Reproductive Endocrinology (1995) and Sex Steroids and the Circulatory System (1987).

1. An award known as the Jean Ginsburg Memorial Foundation Scholarship may be awarded to one student each year over a ten year period from 2007/08 to 2016/217.

2. The Scholarship is open to currently registered students who are pursuing an M.Phil./PhD degree either within the Institute for Women's Health or within the Department of Neuroendocrinology at the Royal Free Hospital and UCL.

3. The Scholarship is awarded by the Council on the recommendation of the appropriate Heads of Department, i.e. the Head of Department for Institute for Women's Health and the Head of Department for Neuroendocrinology.

4. The award is made on the basis of financial hardship.

5. The value of the Scholarship is £2,500 payable in one instalment in the October following award notification. Should the panel decide to split the award between two or more candidates, the amount may vary accordingly. The same student may receive the scholarship in a subsequent year provided that an application is submitted and he/she is selected by the relevant Heads of Department as part of the normal assessment process. However, the same student may not receive the award more than twice.

6. Candidates wishing to apply for the scholarship must write a letter of no more than 1 A4 page in length and email it to Dr Angela Poulter at a.poulter@ucl.ac.uk by 15th May. Applicants should state their reasons for applying paying particular attention to their financial hardship.

7. The scholarship will be awarded entirely at the discretion of the relevant Heads of Department, who will work in unison and mutually agree on the recipient.

8. The Heads of Department reserve the right to request evidence of financial hardship to meet the criteria of the award.

9. Where no suitable candidates are identified in each of the stated Departments, the award may be extended to other units within UCL as long as the student is carrying out research in the fields of Obstetrics, Gynaecology and Endocrinology.

10. The Heads of Department will notify the UCL Student Funding Office of their decision, who will then inform candidates of the result by the end of July. Cheques for successful candidates may be collected in the October following award notification from the Student Funding Office, Room G19, South Wing.

11. The Student Funding Office will notify the UCL Development & Alumni Relations Office of the new recipient, who will then inform the Jean Ginsburg Memorial Foundation.

12. The successful recipient will be required to write a hand written thank you letter to the Jean Ginsberg Memorial Foundation. The UCL Development & Alumni Relations Office will approach the recipient and co-ordinate this.

13. Awards are subject to the provisions of the General Regulations for Scholarships, Awards, Bursaries, Prizes and Medals.