Fellowships and Prizes

Every year the WMS Education fund awards in excess of 50 fellowships, funded by an annual royalty from Neuromuscular Disorders by Elsevier.


The Programme Committee selects the recipients based on the quality of the abstracts submitted and the analysis of a brief submitted CV (including the special interest and expertise, details of current position and the importance of the work to be presented).

Applicants should be in training and not yet in a definite established position. Those who wish to be considered for fellowships should indicate so and provide the necessary information as requested at the time of abstract submission on the online abstract submission page.


Two (or more) additional annual fellowships will be provided from the President's Fund 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 review (up to 250 words) of their activities in the neuromuscular field and their contributions to the WMS. Please contact the WMS Secretariat Clare Beach at office@worldmusclesociety.org

The application should be made online together with the abstract submission.


All prizes are decided by an international, multidisciplinary team of judges.

  • 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 a young 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.
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