In early 2020, the Trustees of the HIV Research Trust took the decision to postpone the 2021 Scholarships in response to the COIVD-19 pandemic. The Trustees have now decided to go ahead with the 2021 scholarships, on a revised schedule:
- Monday 11th Jan 2021 – Applications Open
- Mon 7th March 2021 – Applications Close
- April 2021 – Awards announced
Scholarships may be applied for with start dates no earlier than 1st April 2021 and no later than 31st March 2022.
In light of the ongoing travel restrictions, and the uncertainty of when these may be lifted or reinstated, the Trustees are particularly interested in receiving applications for on-line or remote courses. Scholarships that involve travel within the scholar’s home country will also be prioritised.
Whilst the Trust will consider funding international travel, applicants should be aware of the inherent problems associated with such travel during the ongoing COVID-19 global crisis. Applicants wishing to apply for funding for international travel should consider the following:
- Budgets for travel, accommodation, and insurance should reflect the high costs currently seen around the world. Applications with disproportionately high travel costs will need to demonstrate exceptional value-for-money for the course or tenure applied for.
- Flights may be cancelled and/or international travel restrictions introduced/re-introduced at short notice. In such instances, additional funding to cover extra costs incurred will be considered on a case-by-case basis, but is in no way guaranteed. The Trust reserves the right to withdraw any scholarship deemed unsafe or impractical for these reasons.
- Adequate travel and health insurance must be budgeted for in the application and must be in place before scholars travel.
- Successful applicants accept responsibility for their ability to return to their home country under travel restrictions, and agree to fulfil any quarantine requirements in their home or host countries at their own expense.
- Applicants should at all times consider their personal safety the highest priority throughout the planning and application stages of their proposed scholarship.
For ease of communication with all those who wish to apply, applications are via a web-based program. You can find more details in the Guidance Notes.
Complete applications are assessed independently and judged by the quality of the proposal with respect to the science, training to be received and value of the programme to the home institution. Once this assessment has been made the successful scholars are chosen.
This selection is completed at the beginning of of December with successful scholars being informed by the end of the year. Detailed information on the application process can be found in the Guidance Notes accompanying this page. Please note that there are more applicants than can be funded, so adherence to the guidance is essential for the application to be considered.
This is for guidance only and should not be used to make your final application.