APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 SCHOLARSHIPS
ADVICE TO REFEREES FROM THE HOME AND HOST INSTITUTIONS
The HIV Research Trust recognises that some applicants may be inexperienced in applying for highly competitive research grant funds. This is especially the case for researchers in the early phase of their career and for those working in research areas where it is less common to apply for such funds internationally – such as proposals in nursing, population, and data processing research.
The letters of support, both from the Home and the Host institutions, are especially important in our evaluation. We have provided detailed guidance notes for the applicants and we think it important for those supporting the candidate’s application to read these before writing.
We have found that candidates often fail to indicate the potential value of the proposed training to the home institution, and do not show whether the training is achievable in the allotted time (this aspect is of less importance for taught courses). They frequently fail to justify expenses such as consumables, bench and other fees. These omissions greatly reduce the chances of the application being successful.
All applications are assessed by an independent scientific panel with no prior knowledge of the candidates. The number of applications is considerably greater than the available funds. Prevention of these avoidable mistakes will reduce the chances of a worthwhile applicant and project being rejected.
Thank you for your support in our aim of developing capacity in HIV Research in resource limited countries.
The Trustees of the HIV Research Trust