Type of Funding
The HIV Research Trust is inviting applications for the 2019 HIV Research Trust Scholarships from physicians, nurses, scientists and other health care professionals working in the field of HIV infection, who are in the early to mid stages of their career, provided that they come from resource-poor settings in low-income and lower-middle-income countries.
These scholarships are for placements or courses of a few months’ duration and are designed to enable the candidate to travel to another research unit to learn skills and techniques which should develop the candidate’s career and, on return to the home institution, add to the capacity of the department to carry out research related to treatment and prevention.
Examples of skills and techniques that may be acquired are: clinical management, clinical trial experience and practice, data and trial management, statistical expertise, acquisition of laboratory techniques and analysis, and cell and molecular biology.
The scholarships provide support for travel and living expenses including accommodation, and may provide support for laboratory expenses at the institution to be visited. It is preferred that candidates receive training in recognised centres in other resource-poor countries but travel to other areas is not excluded.
The usual period of support is 2 to 6 months. The maximum sum awarded is £8,000 or equivalent value.
Eligible applicants are health care professionals in early/mid-career who are located in resource-limited settings from low-income and lower-middle-income countries as classified by the World Bank, who are working in the field of HIV infection. For example, the applicant could be undertaking a PhD, a first or second post doc position, or could be a professional in an early phase of the research career. Only those employed by an institution, or students with an affiliated institution, within a low-income and lower-middle-income country are eligible. The employing organisation or affiliated institution must be in a resource-poor setting. Studies applied under the 2019 HIV Research Trust Scholarships must commence in 2019, though may not necessarily conclude in the same year.
The intended programme must benefit the applicant’s career and also build on the capacity of the home institution.
All aspects of research related to HIV infection and its consequences are eligible including clinical care, basic and applied biology, epidemiology, psychological, ethical, economic, educational and societal aspects. The scholarships are not awarded for routine clinical training in management of patients. They can, however, be awarded for training in research methodology in taught courses, provided that such training is necessary to develop a defined research programme.
Applications are to be done online by 12 October 2018.