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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.
  • About the Trust

    Our Mission

    The mission of the HIV Research Trust is to build capacity in HIV in low and lower-middle income countries by promoting study into the prevention and treatment of HIV infection to further the knowledge of early to mid-career healthcare professionals working in resource limited settings. The long-term objective is to improve outcomes for patients and people living with HIV in these regions.

    History of the HIV Research Trust

    The International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection was set up in 1992. The Scientific Committee decided that unspent funds should be transferred to a charity whose remit was to support researchers in resource-limited countries in obtaining further training and expertise in developing their research programmes. The HIV Research Trust (HIVRT) was established and Trustees were appointed to oversee the allocation of the funding of competitive scholarships open to researchers in all specialties concerned with HIV infection. The International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV Infection also links to a web based resource providing health care professionals with emerging data, clinical updates, meeting reviews and latest news in HIV drug therapies and this can be found at The HIVRT works in partnership with the International Aids Society (IAS) in advertising the scholarships.

    Aims of the HIV Research Trust

    The HIV Research Trust aims to support a broad mix of disciplines. The scholarships are for physicians, nurses, scientists, and other health care professionals in resource-limited settings. The Trust supports early/mid career researchers. The award should develop a 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 acquired skills might be; clinical trial experience, good clinical trial practice, data and trial management, acquisition of laboratory techniques and analyses, trial nurse skills, statistical expertise, aspects of ethics, economics, education and health behaviour.

    Our Achievements

    In the last 10+ years, the Trust has;

    • Supported over 260 scholars from more than 25 countries; putting patients at the heart of activity and helping to build capacity in HIV in resource-limited settings – 82% of scholarships to date have been awarded to sub-Saharan recipients.
    • Built capacity across the spectrum of HIV management – 36% of scholarships awarded are in clinical studies/pharmacology and therapeutics, 41% laboratory sciences, and 23% in population sciences.
    • Augmented practical skills and techniques of scholars; scholarships completed include clinical management, clinical trial experience and practice, data/trial management, statistical expertise, laboratory techniques and analysis, cell and molecular biology.
    • Established ‘working’ networks; the Trust has a large alumni group of past scholars and strong ongoing links to key centres of excellence worldwide.
    • Broadened our collaborations; we have a new collaboration with the Joep Lange Institute, Netherlands to provide an annual scholarship from 2016.
    • Hastened career progression; statements from scholars on impact on their career progression demonstrate local, regional and national impact e.g.


    “The HIVRT provided me with the exposure to what the best practices were at a time when there were few clinicians familiar with paediatric HIV care or PMTCT and made it possible for a young Paediatrician in north-western Nigeria to be visible on the national landscape as a provider, Clinical Mentor and National Level Trainer”

    “Before the scholarship, I was a PhD student. I have progressed from an Assistant Lecturer in 2007 to a Senior Lecturer and have held many leadership positions including Postgraduate Co-ordinator and Head of Department.”

    See Meet Our Scholars and Scholar Archive for more examples.


    • 11th Jan 2021: Applications Open
    • 7th March 2021: Applications Close
    • April 2021: Scholarships announced



    If you are interested in applying for a scholarship find out more below:



    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.