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Youth Hub Seed Grant Programme

IAS – the International AIDS Society – invites young leaders to submit a proposal requesting up to USD 10,000 to implement a six-month innovation project (from 1 January to 30 June 2023) that addresses a need in the HIV response for young people living with and affected by HIV.

Applications are now closed

The IAS will support a new cohort of five Young Leaders with USD 10,000 seed grants to scale up HIV-related innovation projects that respond to a locally defined need. Each Young Leader must be affiliated with and logistically supported by an organization working in HIV and/or sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) or other related areas.

What will the successful applicant receive?

Selected Young Leaders will be awarded:

  • USD 10,000 seed grant to implement and/or scale up an HIV-related innovative project over a period of six months (1 January to 30 June 2023)

  • Capacity building in monitoring and evaluation, reporting and communications and networking opportunities

  • Travel to IAS 2023, the 12th IAS Conference on HIV Science, in Brisbane, Australia – pending funding

  • Inclusion in the IAS 2023 Young Leaders Programme

What are the eligibility criteria?

The Young Leader must:

  • Be connected to an organization that is willing and able to provide mentorship and logistical support for the proposed Young Leaders project

  • Be between 18 and 30 years old (and ideally under 25)

  • Agree to be featured in IAS digital media

  • Be willing to attend IAS 2023 from 23 to 26 July 2023 – pending funding

The host organization must:

  • Be willing to undergo eligibility checks with the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) – information below

  • Be willing to actively mentor the Young Leader

  • Be willing to logistically support its Young Leader in the day-to-day aspects of the implementation of their innovation project

  • Be able and willing to report and communicate with the IAS in English

How do I apply?

Applications are now closed.

When is the deadline?

Applications are now closed.

What are the selection criteria?

Selection of applications will be based on the following criteria:

  1. Clarity of project plan

  2. Evidence of project sustainability

  3. Strength of youth engagement

  4. Leadership qualities of the proposed Young Leader

  5. Capacity of host organization

Please see the application guidelines for in-depth information on the selection criteria.

How will applications be reviewed?

Once the call for applications has closed, the Youth Hub Grant Committee will review each application and score it based on how successfully the applicant has met the selection criteria. Each application will be reviewed by three people – including at least one current Young Leader and one IAS representative – and an average score will be taken across the three reviews. The top-scoring applications will then go through to the next round where they will be discussed in depth with the Youth Hub Grant Committee. The committee members will then vote for their top five applications.

When will I find out the outcome of my application?

Applicants will be informed of the outcome of their submission by early December.