ASME’s mission is to Advance Scholarship in Medical Education.  Many of our awards have supported individuals to achieve excellence in medical education but, of course, the organisation in which the individual is embedded can make a huge difference to their ability to achieve this excellence.  Therefore, we are delighted to offer the ASME Institutional ‘Commitment to Scholarship’ Award. This award is a non-monetary prize awarded to an institution that is a member of ASME and claims exceptional commitment to ‘Advancing Scholarship in Medical Education’ (i.e. research, evaluation, innovation, practitioner inquiry), including translation of medical education ‘evidence’ into policy or practice.

A maximum of three awards will be made for 2023, one of each of the following application categories:

  1. Higher Education Institution (e.g. school/college of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary science etc)
  2. Healthcare provider (e.g. NHS Trust)
  3. Other (e.g. charity, placement provider, royal college etc)

Applying institutions must be institutional members of ASME. Where a collaboration of institutions apply together, it is expected that at least some of the included institutions will be institutional members of ASME. You can check this here.

The key contact/lead applicant can be any employee of the applying institution, although it is expected that a collaborative team will put together the submitted application for the award and there should be institutional sign off.

The application for the award should be a narrative, encompassing relevant quantitative or qualitative evidence of work and impact (e.g. income to support scholarship, spend on scholarship, job plans, staff development activity, staff engagement, infrastructure, publications, conference presentations, outreach/dissemination activity, impact, quotes from key stakeholders). 

The claim must be supported by statements from two referees, who should be external to the applying organisation and have knowledge of the work of the institution and the context.  They should be individuals who are in a position to comment and substantiate the institution’s record of effectiveness in relation to scholarship. They will be expected to comment directly on the content of the application, so would need to review the application prior to writing their reference.  The references will be collected by the applicant and submitted together with the application.

ASME particularly welcomes applicants from diverse and under-represented backgrounds.

Claims should be submitted on the application_form to, with the email subject line: ASME Institutional Award Application 2023, by the deadline of noon, Friday 10th March 2023. Applicants should read the Awards FAQ page as it may help with queries about their submission.

Can I query the assessors’ decision regarding my application?

The assessors’ decision is final for all awards and no correspondence will be entered into regarding the outcome, other than providing the applicant with the result and the assessors’ feedback.

The successful institutions will receive a glass award on a wooden plinth that can be displayed in a public place in their institution.  In addition, the successful institution can state that they have been awarded ASME’s Commitment to Scholarship Award 2023 (e.g. on their website) and use ASME logos (in the ways that will be specified in the award letter sent to awardees).

The successful institutions will be allocated a presentation slot at an Annual Scholarship Meeting to share their good practice around scholarship and explain what they have been doing that led to this award.

The review process will be led by ASME’S Educator Development Committee, with ASME Board input as needed.


  • Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  • Queen’s University, Belfast


  • Research Department of Medical Education at UCL Medical School
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHCT)
  • Scottish Medical Education Research Consortium (SMERC)

Please click here to access a video of the event.

ASME Group Educator Development Committee
Scholarship Type Research, Practitioner Inquiry, Innovation, Evaluation
Intended Audience Institutional members of ASME
Nature of Award Non-monetary. Successful institutions allocated a presentation slot at an Annual Scholarship Meeting
Status Deadline passed
Closing Date 10th March 2023