RSTMH Small Grants 2021

RSTMH Small Grants 2021


The aim of the small grants is to enable early career researchers and global health professionals in the field of tropical medicine or global health to undertake clinical or scientific research and/or fieldwork.

Applications focused on the thematic areas listed in RSTMH’s five-year strategy will be prioritised. These are listed below:

  • Neglected tropical diseases, with a particular focus on their overlap with non-communicable diseases and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Malaria, with a particular focus on drug resistance
  • One Health and wider planetary health.
  • The consideration of human health alongside animal health and the environment, in the context of social, economic and political factors
  • Topical issues including, but not limited to, emerging diseases
  • Drug resistant infections

The maximum RSTMH small grant awarded is £5,000 (including VAT).


Who is eligible?

  • Anyone in their early career (guidance provided below), from any nationality based anywhere in the world can apply.
  • BUT only RSTMH’s members can receive the money – if successful, applicants who are not already members will be asked to join the Society.

What do you define as “early career”?

We would like to ensure as many early career researchers and professionals can apply for a small grant as possible, and we encourage people from a range of disciplines and sectors to get involved. With such a range of sectors we cannot easily define early career in terms of specific qualifications or roles.

We have therefore used guidance around the profile of applicant that may be suitable for a small grant. Applicants should meet this profile and should not have received funding for this field of study already.

The applicant’s supervisor must verify this as part of the reference and application process.

We expect candidates to be able to:

  • Carry out research under supervision,
  • Have the ambition to develop knowledge of research methodologies and discipline,
  • Have demonstrated a good understanding of a field of study,
  • Have demonstrated the ability to produce data under supervision,
  • Be capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas,
  • Be able to explain the outcome of research and value thereof to research colleagues.
How to apply

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