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Applications for the 2024 scholarships closed at 11pm (GMT) on Sunday 31 March 2024. Results will be published on 1 June 2024 for Scholarships starting from 1 September 2024.

The following criteria applies to all research proposals. Please read all of the below information carefully before starting your application. 

  • Proposed scholarships must not commence earlier than 1 September 2024.
  • Scholars must be based in resource-limited settings (see below list of applicable countries).
  • The maximum amount scholars can apply for is £10,000. Applications that exceed this amount will be rejected. 
  • Scholars must be early-mid career researchers (see below).
  • Candidates should seek the support of both the host and home institution prior to submitting an application. 

HIV Research Trust funding can cover the following costs:

  • Tuition fees and/or laboratory fees (fees must not exceed 40% of the overall budget).
  • Consumables and shipping
  • International visas (see below)
  • Travel costs (including flights and airport transfers)
  • Subsistence (for scholarships that include international travel only)
  • Incidentals (including Wi-Fi charges and equipment hire)

The trust doesn't provide funds for:

  • The purchase of equipment or textbooks (including laptops and phones).
  • Subsistence costs for scholarships that do not require travel under 25km from home institution. 

Applicable countries


Low Income: Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo., Eritrea, Ethiopia, The Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Niger, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Togo, Uganda, Republic of Yemen, Zambia.

Lower-middle Income: Algeria, Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Bhutan, Bolivia, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Comoros, Republic of the Congo, Cote D’Ivoire, Djibouti, Arab Republic of Egypt, El Salvador, Eswatini, Ghana, Haiti, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao Pdr, Labanon, Lesotho, Mauritania, Federated States of Micronesia, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Nepal, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Samoa, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Tunisia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Vietnam, West Bank and Gaza, Zimbabwe.

Upper-middle Income: Botswana, Brazil, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nambia, Russia, South Africa, Thailand.

Career level


Scholarships should enable the candidate to travel to another research unit (host institution) to acquire new skills and techniques which will develop the candidate’s career and add capacity to the department in which they are based (home institution).

Examples of skills and techniques that may be acquired include: clinical management; clinical trial experience and practice; data and trial management; statistical expertise; acquisition of laboratory techniques and analyses; call and molecular biology.

International visas


A visa is a prerequisite for all scholarships that include international travel. Funding will not be released until a visa is approved (bar any upfront costs associated with obtaining the visa.

HIV Research Trust


HIV Research Trust is a registered charity in England & Wales (reg. no 1123611) Company reg. no. 06020633. Registered office: 437 & 439 Caledonian Road, London N7 9BG, United Kingdom.

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Funding generously provided from HIV Glasgow, ViiV Healthcare, Joep Lange Institute and private donations.

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