Student/ Newly Qualified Professional Award




The society will award €300 to the best essay, case-report or completed project on any aspect of Special Care Dentistry by an undergraduate student or a newly qualified dental professional in the island of Ireland. This award is funded by the Dental Health Foundation. 


  • This award is restricted to undergraduate students or newly qualified dental professionals (first year post- qualification) resident on the island of Ireland.
  • Maximum word-count for submissions is 2000 words excluding references and abstract.
  • It is a requirement that the submitted piece would not have been presented elsewhere nor been awarded an award previously.

Submitting your entry

Applicants must submit a blinded electronic copy of their entry with a separate cover letter by e-mail to the Bursary co-ordinator (Dr Ruaa El Helali by 16 April 2024.

Receipt of your entry will be by email to the submitting author. 


Examples of suitable entries

Examples of the type of entry that are likely to be successful are: original review articles, oral health promotion projects, innovations in the way services are delivered, novel ways to provide dental care for people with disabilities, interdisciplinary working with parent/carer support groups.



The panel of judges will consist of the ISDH Academic Advisor, President and an invited academic. The decision of the panel of judges is final and will be communicated by the confirmed date. The award winners will be announced at the ISDH Annual Conference.



The award will be awarded at the conference. Award winners will be invited to give a short oral or poster presentation of their successful entries at the Summer Conference.


Please note the Society does not undertake to pay the expenses of the Author (s).

ISDH Bursary Contact:

ISDH Secretary
Dr. Gillian Smith



Please read “Guidance for Authors” for additional information.


Guidance for Authors


Title of the project

Title should be concise, appealing and descriptive.



Structured summary, no more than 150 words. Background, Methods, Results and Discussion.



Should be brief and include:

  • Explanation of the background to the project/study/case/review
  • The relevance of the project/study/case/review
  • Clear description of aims and objectives


Literature review

Where relevant, authors should consider the following:

  • Authors should include relevant literature where suitable
  • References, where used, should be relevant and contemporaneous
  • Where a project consists completely of a literature review, conventional reporting styles of the type of literature review are recommended.



Where relevant, authors should consider the following:

  • Choice of design for project/study/case/review is adequately justified and should be appropriate to the overall question / problem
  • Methods should be adequately described so as a reader can understand what was done, why, how data were collected and analysed.



  • Results of any analysis should be presented clearly and concisely.
  • Tables and Figures are welcome.
  • Statistical analyses are welcome.
  • Creativity is encouraged.


Discussion and conclusions

Where relevant, authors should consider the following:

  • The discussion should include a brief summary of the major findings
  • These findings should be considered relative to the existing literature
  • The strengths and weaknesses of the project/study/case/review should be considered
  • Implications for practice should be considered
  • Conclusion should focus on your findings.


Presentation format


Separate cover letter

The separate cover letter must clearly indicate which competition is being entered. Email address for all authors, including a full email address and phone number of the lead author, and the title of the project/study/case/review must be included in the covering letter. Authors’ details must not appear in the report.



The submission should be typed, double spaced, justified, leaving standard margins. Pages should be numbered.


Page 1 should give: the title of the report, without the author’s name and an abstract up to a maximum of 150 words.

also note:

  1. There is no limit on the number of graphs, tables, photographs or radiographs that may be included.
  2. Photographs and radiographs should be of a high quality
  3. No identifiable details should be shared without express consent in compliance with GDPR.
  4. Consent for publication is needed for any patient photograph and no patient’s names should appear in the text.
  5. Acknowledgements should appear at the end of the text, before the reference section.
  6. References should be in the Vancouver style and checked carefully by the author. They must be cited in the text in numerical order of appearance and appear in numerical order at the end of the report.
  7. Appendices are not encouraged, but will be accepted where necessary.