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  • Pauline Byakika-Kibwika, winner of the HIVRT alumni scholarship to attend the HIV Drug Therapy Congress, Glasgow, 2018.



    HIV Research Trust alumni were asked to complete a survey describing how their HIVRT scholarship had impacted their professional and academic lives allowing Trustees to better understand how it affected patient outcomes in the scholar’s home setting. The Trustees assessed all survey responses and selected Pauline to receive the above award. Her story is summarised below.

    In 2010 Pauline attended a placement at Mahidol University, Thailand to obtain clinical pharmacology analytical skills to assist her in completing her PhD. Pauline’s PhD work contributed to the current knowledge on treatment of malaria in HIV-infected patients who are also receiving antiretroviral treatment. This work has been utilised and referenced by the World Health Organization in the current policy on treatment of malaria in HIV-infected individuals.

    After completion of her PhD, she was promoted to Associate Professor and currently heads the Infectious Diseases Unit at the Department of Medicine of Makerere University College of Health Sciences, Kampala, Uganda where they care for those who are affected with HIV and opportunistic infections - more than 200 HIV-infected inpatients and over 300 outpatients are seen each month.

    Pauline is also the Director of the Research Directorate at Makerere where her responsibilities include reviewing and guiding the research framework at the Department of Medicine and supervising Masters and PhD students’ research projects.
  • Advice To Referees

    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

    TIMELINE FOR 2020 SCHOLARSHIPS

    • 1st July 2019: Applications Open
    • 30th Sept 2019: Applications Close
    • 2nd December 2019: Scholarships announced

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    AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?

    The scholarships are for 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. Read more to see if you are eligible.