Firefly Scholarship

Scholarship details

The Firefly Scholarship in podiatry is a prestigious award for students who demonstrate enthusiasm for musculoskeletal podiatry and its practice.  

The scholarship will contribute to the tuition fees, alongside an internship, for two final year undergraduates of the BSc (Hons) Podiatry course for the 2017/18 academic year (further scholarships will be awarded in subsequent years).

This award provides the recipients with a considerable contribution of £2500 towards educational expenses such as; short courses, and conferences including fees, travel, accommodation.

It also provides a fantastic opportunity post-registration to work in one of Europe’s most influential and state of the art orthotics labs using advanced computer technology and computer aided design.

The scholarship includes flights to the Firefly headquarters in Ireland where accommodation will be provided for one week, to work in the Firefly Foot and Ankle Clinic alongside expert musculoskeletal specialists. During this time the two scholarship recipients will have an opportunity to experience the Firefly Lab and learn about the complex manufacturing processes used to produce high quality orthoses.

Firefly clinical staff will also provide one full day of educational workshops at Plymouth University to the University’s final year podiatry students.  

Criteria

To be eligible for the award, you should be a well-motivated, committed and a high-achieving final year undergraduate student, who requires financial support. You should demonstrate an interest in musculoskeletal practice. You should have an excellent record of academic achievement, with strong support from one academic and one clinical referee.

About Firefly

Firefly have been designing, manufacturing and distributing custom made foot orthoses to the podiatric profession since 2003.

As Firefly is directed and operated by podiatrists, to meet the needs of the podiatric profession, their laboratory consistently achieves excellence in the standard of their devices. They manufacture orthotic devices from plaster cast moulds, bio foam impressions and digital foot scans.

This influences how they interact and support their customers throughout the process of prescribing Firefly’s orthoses. Their technical support department offers guidance and advice on all Firefly devices and on how specific devices interact with particular foot and ankle pathologies.