Richard Law Award 2020 – Open for Submissions

Richard Law Research Award 2020 for Postgraduate Dental Students in India

In honour of the late Richard Law, an accountant who tragically died from oral cancer, the Global Child Dental Fund (UK) is offering awards of Rs 50,000 (in total) to postgraduate dental students in India willing to submit a research proposal and take up the Advanced Dental Leadership Training – to register go to

Three awards will be considered for the successful applicants as below:
First prize: Rs 25000, Second prize: Rs 15000 and Third prize Rs 10000.

How to apply

Students can submit a research proposal (for example, a postgraduate dissertation synopsis) in 1500 words with background rationale, objectives, methods, proposed analysis and references. There can be more than 1 author (including guide/s). Only the first named student will be considered for the award.

Submission to include:

Document 1
Title page (in MS Word, Arial font, size 14, double spacing): Title of the research proposal, name of the author/s, name of the institute, contact address, telephone no. and email ID of the first author).

Document 2
Undertaking (a scanned image or PDF): A letter to the Chairman of Richard Law Award Committee (2018) on the institute letterhead signed by the student and countersigned by the Dean/ Principal of the college stating that the proposal submitted is of research to be undertaken or underway (and not completed or published) with no plagiarism, no conflict of interest and has necessary ethical clearance.

Document 3
Research proposal (in MS Word, Arial Font, Size 12, double spacing) without mentioning the name/s of the author/s.

Document 4
Receipt for signing up for The Advanced Dental Leadership Training (a scanned image or PDF) [*details given below].

All submissions by email only to

Date of beginning submissions: October 1, 2020. Final date of submission: November 15, 2020.

Assessment criteria:

The research proposals will be assessed for novelty of the research question, benefits of the proposed research to people, and overall quality of writing including referencing. One author can submit only one essay. Judges' decision are final and we regret that we are unable to provide individual feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

The results will be announced on or before 31st December 2020 at this website and the GCDFund Facebook page.

Richard Law
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