Every year the WMS awards fellowships, funded by an annual royalty from Neuromuscular Disorders by Elsevier. For the WMS 2020 Congress WMS will support up to 100 fellowships awarded to help attendees with their travel and accommodation costs.
The Programme Committee selects the recipients based on the quality of the abstracts submitted and the analysis of a brief submitted CV (including relevant special interest and expertise, details of current position and the importance of the work to be presented).
WMS will only pay the fellowship to the awardee personally and not to an institution/ organisation or in kind for hotel accommodation etc. If the applicant is unable to accept the payment due to their organisation’s rules, then an application should not be made to begin with.
Only one fellowship per person will be paid, even if several applications are received.
Applicants should be in training and not yet in a definite established position. The maximum age for applicants is 40 years old. Those who wish to be considered for fellowships should indicate so and provide the necessary information during the abstract submission process. Once the application has been reviewed (in May) notification will be sent by email within a few weeks. A form will be required to be filled in by the successful applicant with bank details and payment will be made within a few weeks after the congress itself.
A Fellowship application can also be combined with a Student Registration (abstract submission required). More information can be found HERE.
Two (or more) additional fellowships will be provided for senior myologists who have been active in WMS in the past but are now retired and have constraints on their available funds. Applicants should provide a short bio (up to 250 words) of their activities in the neuromuscular field and their contributions to the WMS send this to Clare Beach, WMS Secretariat firstname.lastname@example.org by 2nd April 2020 (Midnight GMT).
All prizes are decided by an international, multidisciplinary prize committee.
Six Elsevier Prizes for the best oral or poster presentations by young scientists (clinical or basic).
A series of 20 additional Elsevier Awards of one year's membership subscription to the WMS for the runners-up Prizes.
The President’s Prize for the Young Myologist of the Year funded from the President's Fund from proceeds of Honorary Lifetime President Victor Dubowitz’s memoirs (Ramblings of a Peripatetic Paediatrician).
Additional President's Prize for the best presentation by an early career/ first-time presenter. Those who wish to be a candidate for this award should indicate that you are a first-time presenter on the online abstract submission page.
Léa Rose Prize: This annual award is for the presenter of the most important contribution in SMA research at the WMS Congress.
Duchenne Research Fund: Prize for the best presentation by a young myologist on therapy for Duchenne muscular dystrophy.