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Deadline approaching for the WPA 2024 Medical Student Essay Competition

Only a week left until the deadline for the World Psychiatric Association 2024 Medical Student Essay Competition to attend the 24th WPA World Congress of Psychiatry in Mexico City, Mexico

Back in March this year, the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) launched its much-anticipated Medical Student Essay Competition, a WPA Presidential initiative with the support of the United Nations Secretariat – Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Division for Sustainable Development Goals.

This year's theme is "Improving Mental Health in the Global World Using the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)." It challenges medical students worldwide to explore innovative approaches and solutions that align with the UN's comprehensive set of goals for sustainable development.

Eligibility and Participation


This essay competition is open to medical students around the world.

As with previous competitions, all Finalists and their full essays will be showcased on the WPA website, spotlighting both the authors and their ideas. In addition, the winning essay will be translated into all six official languages of the World Health Organization (WHO).


The winner will also be acknowledged at the 24th World Congress of Psychiatry (WCP 2024) in Mexico City and will be granted a Travel Award of up to $1500 USD to help cover travel and accommodation expenses. Additionally, the winner's Congress registration fee will also be waived.

Deadline Approaching: 15th May, 2024


All submissions must be made online before midnight on 15 May, 2024, and the winner will be announced by 30 July, 2024.


More information on the 2024 Medical Student Essay Competition can be found here, including all submission requirements and deadlines.

We look forward to reading the submissions, as well as welcoming the winner in Mexico.

Author: WPA



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