UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Maria Bitner-Glindzicz Awards

Following the tragic loss of Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz in September 2018, a legacy fund was established from fundraising and donations to her family.


The Maria Bitner-Glindzicz Awards fund was set up with Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, including money raised by Maria’s family. Professor Maria Bitner-Glindzicz was an admired and widely respected clinical geneticist and paediatrician. She made great contributions to medicine and genetics where she led research towards the treatment of hearing and vision loss. Maria was also a champion of Early Career Researchers where she made extra efforts to support their development and recognise their achievements. These awards have been named in her memory and the wonderful work that she did at GOSH, GOS Institute of Child Health, and at the UCL Ear institute.

The Maria Bitner-Glindzicz Awards Committee:  

The Awards are open to Early Career Researchers (non-permanent, non-Fellowship) at UCL GOS ICH and clinical genetic trainees/counsellors at GOSH.

Early Career Researcher Award

This is awarded annually to three Early Career Researchers who have demonstrated exceptional achievement as part of their role at Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health or Great Ormond Street Hospital (Clinical Genetics). The three winners will each be awarded a prize of £500 (in vouchers). 

Award Eligibity 

To be eligible for the Maria Bitner-Glindzicz Early Career Researcher Award you need to:

  1. Be early career research staff (PhD Student, Technician, Research Assistant, Research Associate/Post-doc) at UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, or affiliated with Clinical Genetics at GOSH.
  2. Must not have a personal fellowship or a permanent employment position

Application process 

To apply for this award please complete the application form. We recommend that you include evidence of personal development, citizenship and enabling as well as academic output. You need to focus on activities carried out in 2023. The application should be completed by the potential recipient of the award. Please send your submission to the Admin Team at GGM (ich.ggm.admin@ucl.ac.uk) with the subject line “Maria Bitner-Glindzicz ECR award 2023”. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 17th January 2024 (17:00h). Please ensure that you receive receipt of your application following submission. 

Conference and Training Fund

Conference and Training Fund provides an opportunity for early career researchers to apply for funding to attend conferences to disseminate their research findings or to attend training to learn new skills.

The fund prioritises early career applicants who will have greater participation in a conference. The fund also prioritises training opportunities of a similar scope to attending a conference, where it can be demonstrated that the training opportunity would allow the recipient to learn a new skill or knowledge, which could also be shared or implemented within the wider team. In both scenarios, it would be necessary to demonstrate how the conference or training opportunity would benefit the recipient’s career development.

Deadlines for 2024: 

  • Wednesday 17th January 2024 (17:00h)
  • Wednesday 15th May 2024 (17:00h)
  • Wednesday 18th September 2024 (17:00h)