The Alexander Fleming Prize 2021: Applications Open

The Alexander Fleming Prize, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is a £20,000 prize for a doctoral thesis level project which will benefit global public health (UK based researcher).

It will be judged by a panel comprising Hayaatun Sillem, CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of Strathclyde University, Roger Highfield, Science Director of the Science Museum and Subhanu Saxena, Director of Global Health at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

We are open to nominations from all UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). A judging panel will then review the submissions in August and the winner will be announced and presented by the Gates Foundation on Tuesday 9th September 2021 at the New Enlightenment, Braemar Summit.


  • Submissions must include a short 500 words summary of the doctoral thesis.
  • Submissions must be in the areas of research that look at solving existing challenges in global health, particularly health issues affecting people living in low and middle income countries.
  • Candidates must have successfully completed their viva for a doctorate degree within a period one year prior to the deadline, with their thesis requiring only minor corrections or no corrections.
  • Candidates must be nominated by a UK HEI: maximum of 3 nominations per institution.
  • A supporting statement (200 words) from the HEI signed by the VC/ProVC (or equivalents/similar) for each nomination.

If you would like support with writing your application please email and one of our team will be in touch to arrange 1:1 guidance.

Submission Deadline: Sunday 15th August 23:59