The HIV Research Trust is a charitable foundation that provides financial support to physicians, nurses, scientists and other health care professionals in early/mid-career who are located in resource-limited settings from low-income and lower-middle-income countries working in the field of HIV infection. All aspects of research related to HIV infection and its consequences are eligible including clinical care, basic and applied biology, epidemiology, psychological, ethical, economic, educational and societal aspects. The support is in the form of scholarships which are of variable duration and cover course fees, travel, living expenses and consumables.
Scholarships are awarded annually following a competitive peer-review process and are designed to enable the candidate to travel to another research unit to learn skills and techniques which should develop the candidate’s career and, on return to the home institution, add to the capacity of the department to carry out research related to treatment and prevention. Examples of skills and techniques that may be acquired are; clinical management, clinical trial experience and practice, data and trial management, statistical expertise, acquisition of laboratory techniques and analysis, cell and molecular biology.
The Trustees of the HIV Research Trust are closely monitoring the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. Due to the current uncertainty surrounding how university courses will run next year, access to laboratories, and the level of international travel involved in HIVRT scholarships, the Trustees have taken the difficult decision to postpone the 2021 Scholarships indefinitely. This decision has been made to ensure the safety of HIVRT scholars. A decision will be made later in 2020 as to if and when the 2021 scholarships will take place, and any subsequent submission dates will be advertised here.