Scholarship applications are now closed
We are currently reviewing all applications submitted to the AIDS 2024 Scholarship Programme. We will let all candidates know their results in early April 2024.
The AIDS 2024 Scholarship Programme is open to people who are at least 18 years old on 20 July 2024 and working, volunteering or studying in the area of HIV. The scholarship financially supports attendance of AIDS 2024 from 22 to 26 July and its pre-conferences in the conference venue on 21 and 22 July.
Types of financial support
IAS – the International AIDS Society – will award both in-person and virtual scholarships for AIDS 2024. Applicants could indicate their preferred attendance type in their applications, as well as the types of financial support they require to participate. Note that given the high demand, we may not be able to grant full scholarships or in-person scholarships to all selected candidates.
- Registration for in-person plus virtual attendance (access to all sessions at the conference venue, as well as access to the virtual platform)
- Travel support (pre-paid economy class return ticket from the nearest international airport in your country of residence) for the dates of the conference and pre-conferences
- Accommodation (single room in a budget hotel), for the duration of the conference and pre-conferences
- Daily living allowance for the duration of the conference and pre-conferences
- Registration for virtual attendance (full online access to all hybrid conference sessions)
- Accessibility support for virtual attendance (subject to the connectivity needs of selected candidates)
I want to get the early registration fee in case my application is unsuccessful. Should I register before the results are announced?
No. Please do not register before you receive your scholarship application result. If you are selected for the scholarship, we will not be able to reimburse you for any costs you incur prior to receiving a scholarship. But don’t worry – even if your application is unsuccessful, you will have the option of registering for the conference at a reduced rate. We extend the early fee to all unsuccessful candidates for two weeks after the scholarship results are announced.
I would like to plan my trip (flights, accommodation) as soon as possible. Should I book anything as a backup before the results are announced?
We do not recommend that you book anything as a backup as we cannot reimburse you for any costs. If your application is successful and you are awarded the travel or accommodation support that you requested, we will organize it for you. We work directly with a travel agent to book your flights and have pre-reserved hotel rooms for scholarship recipients. If your application is unsuccessful, you will have the option of reserving hotel rooms at a reduced rate through your conference profile.
How will you support me with my visa application and related fees for Germany if I am selected for in-person attendance?
We will provide you with supporting documents for your visa application. This includes an official letter of invitation from the IAS, which invites you to the conference, and a scholarship award letter showing the financial support you have been awarded to facilitate your attendance. However, please note that it is your responsibility to apply for your visa and that we are not in a position to contact embassies to enquire about individual cases. If selected, you’ll need to promptly initiate your visa application. Find information about applying for a Schengen visa on the AIDS 2024 immigration page so that you can start preparing.
You may request a refund for incurred visa application fees (up to EUR 80) if your scholarship includes travel support. If you are attending with an in-person scholarship, you can collect your reimbursement at the scholarship desk. Please bring the original receipt showing your name, the total amount paid and the date.
If your visa application is unsuccessful, we can switch your attendance type to virtual if you wish. You can also request a refund for your visa application. Send your receipt to us and allow two months after the conference for us to process all requests.
Do I need travel insurance to go to Munich?
We recommend that anyone travelling abroad who does not already have travel health insurance obtains this coverage for the duration of their trip. In particular, if you are selected for the scholarship and need to apply for a Schengen visa, you will be required to provide proof of travel health insurance. In this case, you will be covered by the IAS travel insurance for the duration of the conference, and we will provide you with instructions on how to download the certificate to use for your visa application.