IAS Educational Fund Scholarships

IAS Educational Fund recipients at AIDS 2018 - Photo ©IAS/Marten Van Dijl

The rapid pace of scientific discovery in care for people living with HIV and AIDS requires that clinicians and other HIV service providers to remain continually up to date on research developments and best practices.

Since 2016, 7,600 people have shown their interest in the IAS Educational Fund Scholarship Fund Programme by submitting applications. In the same time, the IAS has supported, with a full scholarship, a total of 590 clinicians and 80 advocates to attend the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017), 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) and 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019).

IAS Educational Fund Scholarships may include all or a combination of the following components:

  • Registration for the conference (including access to all sessions and exhibition)
  • Travel (round trip from the nearest international airport)
  • Accommodation in a budget hotel for the days of the conference
  • A daily living allowance for the days of the conference

At the conference, networking events and professional development sessions are organized to ensure that recipients fully benefit from the experience.

With these scholarships, participants are enabled to not only attend international conferences, but also to take away what they learn and present that knowledge back home. This is an essential step in ensuring that the research and implementation breakthroughs presented at the International AIDS Conference and the IAS Conference on HIV Science move from meeting halls into communities.

IAS Educational Fund professional development meeting at AIDS 2018 ©IAS/Rob Huibers

Scholarships for IAS 2019

The IAS is proud to be continuing the IAS Educational Fund Scholarship Programme to support 122 clinicians and other HIV service providers to attend the 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019), to take place in Mexico City from 21 July to 24 July 2019.

The application platform was open from 1 December 2018 to 24 January 2019 and all applicants were notified of the outcome on 28 March 2019.

Recipients come from 46 different countries across the globe and include physicians, clinical scientists, community health workers, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers.

Frequently asked questions

Notifications were sent to all applicants on 28 March 2019.

Applicants can verify the status of their scholarship application at any time on the profile platform.

Successful applicants were clinicians and HIV service providers (physicians, clinical scientists, community health workers, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, psychiatrists and social workers) from resource-limited settings.

An independent committee evaluated and scored applications based on:

  • The applicant’s demonstrated interest in attending IAS 2019
  • The applicant’s motivation to attend and disseminate knowledge and best practices acquired at IAS 2019.

The IAS Educational Fund is committed to supporting scholarship recipients who need a visa to travel to Mexico through collaboration with Mexican authorities and provision of required documents.

Scholarship recipients are responsible for investigating visa requirements for Mexico and applying for a visa and any transit visas that may be required in due time – that is no later than 31 May 2019. Please read through the information available on the IAS 2019 website and contact the closest Mexican embassy or consulate.

If there is no Mexican representation in your country of residence, please budget for additional costs related to travel for your visa application.

In order to facilitate the visa application process, the IAS Educational Fund and IAS 2019 Registration department will provide you with:

  • The original, manually signed scholarship award letter (sent by post).
  • The official letter of invitation (electronically signed and sent by email once you are registered).

Any inquiries not addressed in this FAQ should be directed to [email protected].

2019 Supporter

The 2019 IAS Educational Fund scholarship programme is made possible through an independent educational grant from ViiV Healthcare.