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IAS 2023



This year, we received over 5,000 applications. We awarded IAS 2023 scholarships to a total of 327 people, 199 of whom attended in person and 128 virtually.

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  • The 2023 cohort reflected the diversity of the global HIV response. The most common profession of recipients was physicians (17%); 12% were activists or advocates, 10% were postgraduate students pursuing PhDs or doctorates, 8% were social workers and 5% were nurses.

  • Our recipients spanned a wide range of ages: 52% were 26-35 years, 28% were 36-45, 11% were 46-55 and 7% were 18-25.

  • We also had a mix of genders: 51% were female, 39% were male, 5% were non-binary or gender non-conforming, 4% had a different gender at birth and 1% were other not listed.

  • Our scholarships reached people across the globe: 50% were awarded to people in central, eastern, western and southern Africa (Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe were the top three countries), 19% to people in North America, 14% to people in South and Southeast Asia and 5% in Latin America.

The following candidates were given priority:

  • Abstract presenters whose submissions were selected for IAS 2023, the 12th IAS Conference on HIV Science
  • Applicants from low- and middle-income countries

  • Applicants who are part of key populations and people living with HIV

  • Young people and junior investigators below the age of 35

  • Applicants who did not previously receive a scholarship for an IAS conference

Types of financial support

IAS – the International AIDS Society – awarded both in-person and virtual scholarships for IAS 2023. Applicants could indicate their preferred attendance type in their application, as well as the types of financial support they required for their participation. Please note that given the high demand, we were not able to grant full scholarships or in-person scholarships to all selected candidates.

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In-person attendance:

Applicants were able to request:

  • 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)

  • Accommodation (single room in a budget hotel)

  • Daily living allowance for the duration of the conference

Virtual attendance:

Applicants were able to request:

  • Registration for virtual attendance (full online access to all conference sessions, including virtual networking sessions)

  • Accessibility support (exclusively for applicants with connectivity challenges to facilitate their access to the virtual content of IAS 2023)


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AIDS 2024, the 25th International AIDS Conference, will also feature a scholarship programme. Information on scholarships for AIDS 2024 will be shared closer to the opening date for applications: 15 November 2023.

The IAS promotes the use of non-stigmatizing, people-first language. The translations are all automated in the interest of making our content as widely accessible as possible. Regretfully, they may not always adhere to the people-first language of the original version.