Frequently asked questions
You can submit your IAS Educational Fund scholarship application through the profile platform until 4 March 2021, 23:59 CET.
- Applications via email are not accepted.
- Your user account must be complete before you start a scholarship application.
Please select the “conference scholarship” option. All applicants who qualify for the IAS Educational Fund scholarship will be considered for both programmes.
In addition to submitting your scholarship application form, a letter of recommendation from a manager, colleague or peer is needed to complete the request.
If your application form is incomplete or the recommendation letter is not submitted by 4 March 2021, 23:59 CET, your application will not be considered.
IAS Members benefit from a deadline extension. If you are an IAS member, you will be able to apply for a scholarship until 10 March 2021.
The programme is open to clinicians and HIV service providers (physicians, clinical scientists, community health workers, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers) from resource-limited settings, and to HIV advocates.
Applicants are required to demonstrate their interest in attending IAS 2021 and sharing the information learned at the conference with their organization/community, and to upload a letter of recommendation.
The application form must be completed in English and only once.
Applications will be scored by an independent committee based on the applicant’s motivation to attend and disseminate knowledge and best practices acquired at IAS 2021.
The IAS Educational Fund scholarship includes:
- Registration for IAS 2021, including full online access to the conference
- Complimentary two-year IAS membership – or an extension if you are already an IAS Member
- Enriched content and educational opportunities for scholarship recipients before and during the conference.
No, you do not need to register for the conference in order to submit your IAS Educational Fund scholarship application.
An extension of the early registration fee will be granted to all applicants.
No, the application process is entirely free.
No, there is no group application for IAS Educational Fund scholarships. Each member of your organization who wishes to attend the conference with a scholarship needs to make an individual application through the profile platform. Each application will be considered individually.
If several applications are identical (even partially), this will be considered fraudulent and the applications will be considered invalid.
After the application deadline (4 March 2021), applications are sent for review to an independent committee.
All applicants receive a notification in early May 2021.
Applicants can verify the status of their scholarship application at any time on the profile platform.
IAS Educational Fund recipients at the IAS exhibition booth at IAS 2019 - Photo ©IAS/Steve Forrest
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.
The IAS Educational Fund scholarships enable participants to attend the International AIDS Conference and the IAS Conference on HIV Science, allowing them to remain up to date with the rapid pace of scientific discovery in the care for people living with HIV and AIDS. This also enables them to share the lessons learned in their home countries. Since 2016, over 11,000 people have shown their interest in the IAS Educational Fund Scholarship Programme by submitting their application, and the IAS has supported a total of 1,126 healthcare providers and advocates.
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 in-person meetings to communities.
The 2021 IAS Educational Fund Scholarship Programme is made possible through an independent educational grant from ViiV Healthcare.