Since 1907, the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health. Through our network of members across the world, we facilitate research, share knowledge, guide lifelong careers, and drive impact.
As a respected Society at the heart of the tropical medicine and global health community, we connect people and organisations who work, or are interested in, these areas. We’re an independent organisation and have a unique role in convening diverse stakeholders from many sectors and disciplines.
We play a role in all stages of global health practice from initial research and development, publication and showcasing, implementation, debate, and impact.
Our work includes funding and disseminating multidisciplinary research through peer-reviewed journals and a calendar of meetings and events. We provide grants for UK and international research and travel scholarships, as well as awarding medals for excellence in practice and to recognise emerging talent.
Students and early career researchers or professionals are invited to submit abstracts to present your unpublished research through a poster or oral presentation at the RSTMH Research in Progress meeting on Wednesday 1st December 2021, in London. As this is an in person event we ask that all those that submit an abstract can travel to London.
RSTMH is particularly seeking abstracts from early career scientists and clinicians with a priority given to research that aligns with our thematic areas.
· 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 deadline for submitting abstracts is Sunday 7 November at 5pm GMT. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. We regret that due to the number of applications we expect to receive we are not able to provide detailed feedback to applicants who are unsuccessful.
RSTMH Small Grants Programme – Terms and Conditions
Purpose of small grants
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, either as stand-alone projects or distinct elements within a larger project. They are for those who have not received a research grant in their own name before.
Applications focused on the thematic areas listed in RSTMH’s five-year strategy are encouraged. These are listed below:
o Neglected tropical diseases, with a particular focus on their overlap with non-communicable diseases and the Sustainable Development Goals
o Malaria, with a particular focus on drug resistance
o 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
o Topical issues including, but not limited to, emerging diseases
o Drug resistant infections
We are also interested to see applications related to snakebite, mycetoma and other skin NTDs and other deep Mycoses, co-morbidity and NCDs, coronavirus and emerging diseases.
Small grant value and timeline
The maximum RSTMH small grant awarded is £5,000 (including VAT).
One or more grantholders may be funded or part-funded by one of the specific funds listed below. If this is the case, we may ask you to participate in separate award activities.
o Sir Leonard Rogers Fund
o Denis Burkitt Fellowship Fund
o Garnham Fund
o Centenary fellowship Appeal Fund
The project should start no earlier than four months after the closing date for applications. It should be completed within a year of receiving funding from us. Please indicate on the application form if you expect the project to finish after this time.
Open for applications
1 February 2021
Deadline for applications
15 April 2021
Funding payments made
By December 2022
By March 2023
The key dates for the programme are above. If you are not able to deliver your project or report to these timings (notwithstanding unexpected changes) then please consider whether you should apply to this round.
If you are unable to complete your project we will ask for a refund of unspent funds.
For transparency we will use anonymised data from applications for marketing purposes to demonstrate the number, geographical spread, gender mix, disease and sector representation. By applying for a small grant you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.
Small grant eligible costs
Small grants can be used for the following expenditure:
o Fieldwork expenses, including per diems for staff, standard class travel to, from and within site(s) and accommodation
o Items of equipment or software. The grant costs cannot be solely used to fund equipment
o Research involving animals. Grantholders must abide by the local laws regarding the use of animals in research
o Computers or tablets (up to 10% of the budget)
o Personal allowances
o Training course, tuition or bench fees that are related to and directly relevant to the project (up to 20% of the budget)
Small grant ineligible costs
o Conference registration fees, travel and accommodation
o Publication fees
o Miscellaneous or contingency costs
o Business class travel or alcohol consumption
o Part funding for PhD studentships
The majority of the grant cannot be used for travel to another country to carry out the research.
Receipts must be kept for up to seven years after the final report has been submitted as they may be audited by RSTMH and/or funding partners.
Once a grant is awarded and when paying staff or personnel for work carried out with the grant, grant holders must set out the name of the person, the work they will be doing and the cost for hours worked. Once the work has finished, the grant holder and the person undertaking the activity must sign the document to confirm the work has been completed. This document must be kept for seven years (this is an audit requirement) after the final report has been submitted as they may be audited by RSTMH.
If this grant application is part of a larger research programme, matched funding must be in place at the time of submission of the Small Grants application. In addition to the application budget, applicants must also include a brief outline of the larger research programme’s budget in the application. Applicants must also provide a letter of support from a senior member of the research programme.
Applicants for a small grant can be based anywhere in the world and can be of any nationality.
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
o Be early in their career. Guidance for this is below, we do not define this in terms of years of work or study, or age
o Have a clear research plan for which they are seeking support
o Ideally be employed by, or affiliated to an organisation, though we will consider applications from those not affiliated or employed. Should awardees seek to transfer to another institution during an award, written permission is required from RSTMH and this may be granted only in exceptional circumstances
o Demonstrate limited alternative sources of funding
o Have access to adequate supervision
o Have the appropriate insurance to carry out the research
o Hold a registered bank account. Please note that a condition of an award is that grant funds are paid into the grant holder’s personal bank account and not an institutional account. If this presents an issue, please let us know
o Be an RSTMH member. Applications can be submitted from non-members but, if successful, grant holders must join RSTMH before funding will be supplied. Grants funded by RSTMH will have the grantholder membership fee deducted from the grant, if they are a non-member
o Have not received an RSTMH small grant
o Submit only one application for a small grant per year
o Cannot be an RSTMH small grants global assessor
o Grants awarded cannot be transferred to other individuals or institutions
The application must be supported by two referees, one of which should be a senior member of the employing or affiliated organisation. The other should be the applicant’s direct supervisor or individual directly supporting the research. References must be on headed paper and must be complete and uploaded to Submittable by the deadline. Applications without submitted references from both referees will be deemed incomplete and not assessed. Referees should use an institutional email address and not a personal email address to submit their reference. If that is not possible, a personal email address can be used.
The supervisor should assess and clearly comment on:
o The feasibility of achieving the project’s aims with the resources defined in the application
o The relevance of the project to your research
o The benefit of the project to the wider community
o Verify that to the best of their knowledge the applicant meets the guidance for being early in their career
o The mentorship and support available to the applicant
The senior member from the employing or affiliated organisation should comment on:
o The training and career development opportunities available to the applicant
o The availability and use of relevant institutional resources
o The mentorship and support available to the applicant
Guidance on ‘early career’ eligibility
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 apply.
To ensure equity and fairness of opportunity, RSTMH aims to be as inclusive as possible in regard to suitable applicants. Rather than a definition focused on specific roles, qualifications held, or age, we choose to supply guidance around the profile of the applicant that may be suitable for a small grant.
Applicants should meet this profile and should not have received funding in their name before. The applicant’s supervisor must verify this as part of the reference and the application process.
We expect candidates to be able to:
o Carry out research under supervision
o Have the ambition to develop knowledge of research methodologies and discipline
o Have demonstrated a good understanding of a field of study
o Demonstrate the ability to produce data under supervision
o Use critical analysis, evaluation and be able to synthesise new and complex ideas
o Competently explain the outcome of their research and value thereof to colleagues
o Not be in a position to, or have, lead an independent research programme
Criteria used to assess applications for small grants
o Importance of the proposed research
o Quality of the project design and methodology
o Feasibility of the project
o Environment, mentoring, support
o Value for money
Requirements of grantholders
The grant awarded by RSTMH may only be used for the project described in the original application. Any funds not used for that specific purpose must be returned.
A report (minimum 1,000 words) must be submitted to RSTMH for formal review by the Grants and Awards Committee and for potential promotion by RSTMH within three months of the project being completed.
The report should contain the following elements:
o Result of the project
o Outcomes of the project
o Information about any leverage or impact of the project on 1) your career 2) your ongoing research 3) the field of tropical medicine or global health 4) details of other ways the grant has helped you
o Any images that help to illustrate your research and outcomes
o How you plan to disseminate the results of your project
When preparing your RSTMH Small Grant final report, you must include your project budget and budget expenditure. The expenditure should include a brief breakdown of what was spent. The amounts should be in British pounds (GBP). You should also have collected receipts for all payments made, which we or our funding partners may need for audit purposes.
Failure to submit the report within this timeframe will result in the grantholder having to reimburse the full value of the grant to RSTMH. In such cases, future applications for funding will not be considered.
RSTMH’s support must be acknowledged in all written publications and oral presentations arising from the project. The RSTMH logo will be supplied for this purpose, and other materials can be provided on request.
Failure to disseminate results and to acknowledge the support of RSTMH will result in monies being recovered and future grant applications being disregarded.
For transparency, we would like to announce our small grant recipients on our website, social media channels and through our communications. If you have any concerns about this, please let us know.
Once the reports about your proposal are received, we would like to talk to you about how we can showcase this work in our journals, at our meetings and through our communications channels. It is your responsibility to let us know of any information in your application form that is sensitive. Please let us know if you would like us to help promote your work.
Withdrawal of small grants
RSTMH reserves the right at any time and without notice to withdraw a small grant, either in full or in part, if the grant holder fails materially to comply with these conditions.
Modification or variation of conditions
RSTMH reserves the right to modify, add to, or vary these conditions, as it sees fit. It will give prior notice to the grantholders of any changes. RSTMH will seek to ensure that the grantholder is not disadvantaged by such changes.
By applying for an RSTMH small grant you are agreeing to share the details of your application with RSTMH, including our team and volunteers, our selected suppliers and funding partners and assessors for the purpose of assessing and managing your application, and if your application is successful, of supporting your research.
The decision of the Grants and Awards Committee is final.
ITI additional terms and conditions
There is an expectation that awardees will attend a webinar to meet ITI at the start of the project and will take part in a day-long webinar during the project with other awardees and ITI to talk about their project.
Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Global Assessors Application
Thank you for your interest in becoming an assessor for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH). This role will assess entries to our small grants programme, and abstracts for our events.
Since 1907, RSTMH has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health, working with and through our members based in over 80 countries. We do this through funding and disseminating multidisciplinary research through grants awards programmes, peer-reviewed journals and a calendar of meetings and events.
We are currently looking to extend our global network of assessors to represent all areas of knowledge and experience of tropical medicine and global health required to assess such a broad range of potential research.
Main duties and responsibilities
As a global assessor for RSTMH, you would be asked to review submissions for our small grants, travel scholarships, event abstracts and possibly other RSTMH activities.
We would provide all resources needed to carry out assessments using our online platform Submittable and would support assessors with other resources needed. We would hopefully also try and provide a platform for assessors to network with one another, making new contacts.
We would like global assessors to:
· Have sufficient knowledge to be able to provide a robust review of applications
· Have a good understanding of RSTMH and our work
Being a global assessor will hopefully strengthen your own personal development and we will look into ways to formalise this. You will be seeing research ideas and concepts at the start of their journeys and be able to help improve research practice. Your work will help encourage and inspire the next generation of researchers and professionals in global health. RSTMH would provide references for global assessors and would recognise their work and support whenever possible.
The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Country Ambassador application form
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Country Ambassador for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH).
Since 1907, RSTMH has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health. As a respected society, our members are at the heart of the tropical medicine and global health community, and with them we play a role in all stages from initial research, implementation, debate, through to impact. Our overarching ambition is to save lives and improve health around the world through increased access and improved equity in healthcare.
We bring together researchers and professionals from all sectors to understand the current position of tropical medicine and global health, and the challenges which exist that hinder their progress. Our work includes funding multidisciplinary research and disseminating it through peer-reviewed journals, as well as through meetings and events. We also bestow medals and awards to recognise excellence in practice and emerging talent.
We are currently looking for a group of Country Ambassadors; volunteers who can help us ensure the relevant individuals and organisations in their country are aware of our work and activities. We want researchers and professionals to be aware of the ways RSTMH could help them progress their careers and showcase their work. We also want to ensure their knowledge and experience is represented in our networks, and part of the impact we can achieve.
The role of the Country Ambassador
The Country Ambassador is a new voluntary role, which was created as a result of our new strategy, launched late 2017.
The aim of the role is to ensure we are better connected with our members, supporters and networks outside of the UK. Ambassadors help influence how the Society operates, through their links to the Board of Trustees and also to the team.
Main duties and responsibilities
As a Country Ambassador, you could help ensure researchers and professionals in your country or area can better benefit from the work of the Society, and you can also inform us about we best work in your country or area.
You can be involved through a number of ways:
- By spreading the word about RSTMH and our work through disseminating information to your networks
- By potentially helping us deliver local events in your country or area
- By helping ensure progress in tropical medicine and global health from your country is represented in our journals, at our meeting and events, and in our data through encouraging your networks to be involved with us
- By advising us on how the work in your country or area aligns with our strategic priorities
- By helping us understand the contacts and organisations in your country and area that you feel we should be in contact with
We also want to hear your thoughts on how we can best achieve our aims and objectives for global health and tropical medicine.
We would like Country Ambassador to be able to work with us for at least a year, to be able to establish links and networks and make best use of the role.
For most countries we will look to recruit one Country Ambassador only, however we recognise that for some countries we may need more than one.
Skills and experience needed
You will have been based in the country you would like to represent for at least a decade and will be there for at least a further year.
You will have a good understanding of the health environment, as well as have established links to tropical medicine and global health networks and organisations.
You will be knowledgeable in your specific area of tropical medicine and global health and will have established good networks within your country, in your field and more widely, preferably across the clinical, academic, charitable industry and policy making sectors.
You will have represented your organisation or work in other non-exec or voluntary capacities in the past and will have a good understanding of how to disseminate information and extract ideas and advice.
Finally, you will be a member of RSTMH, and be confident and willing to represent RSTMH.
We hope that volunteering as an RSTMH Country Ambassador will be of benefit to you. You will be part of a network of ambassadors around the world, hopefully expanding your existing networks and contacts in your area of work.
The RSTMH Team is happy to provide references for Country Ambassadors. Once the network of Regional Ambassadors is in place there are opportunities to discuss other benefits relevant to the region.
The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Regional Ambassador application form
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Regional Ambassador for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH).
Since 1907, RSTMH has been dedicated to improving tropical medicine and global health. As a respected society, our members are at the heart of the tropical medicine and global health community, based in more than 80 countries. We work to try and improve their careers, and bring their expertise and experience together to help us influence change needed in our sector - whether that is in terms of funding, research gaps, raising the profile of key challenges, or calling for a policy change. Our overarching ambition is to save lives and improve health around the world through increased access and improved equity in healthcare.
Our day to day work includes funding research, publishing two peer-reviewed journals, organising meetings and events, giving out medals and awards, and convening discussions and policy positions. We also bestow medals and awards to recognise excellence in practice and emerging talent.
We are currently looking for a group of 5 Regional Ambassadors who will help influence our work at governance and operational levels based on regional priorities. They will also work with our established Country Ambassadors to help ensure information about the Society is disseminated so we can support those working in highly endemic countries, and that we are hearing their advice on how we could improve our work.
The role of the Regional Ambassador
Regional Ambassadors are volunteers who will liaise with Country Ambassadors, relevant organisations, key individuals and networks in their region. They will help ensure RSTMH is known as a Society which can provide support and value to those interested in and working in tropical medicine and global health, and to feed regional information and advice into our work at governance and operational levels.
The aim of the role is to better connect with Ambassadors, members, individuals, organisations and networks in the region, to help RSTMH be better informed on regional priorities and news, and to influence how the Society operates through their role on the Board of Trustees, the International Members Committee, and through the team.
Main duties and responsibilities
As a Regional Ambassador, your role would include the following activities:
- Work with Country Ambassadors to identify regional dissemination gaps and fill them with information about RSTMH and our work via social media, networks and other communication channels
- Work with Country Ambassadors and local partners to help scope regional activities e.g. events
- Report regularly on the priorities, successes and challenges in your region in our field of work with recommendations for action
- Liaise with Country Ambassadors and other partners on a regular basis to help feed into your regional analysis and reports
- Be an active member of the International Members Committee, which meets once a quarter, virtually
- Advise RSTMH on how to better achieve the aims and goals of our current strategy.
- Inform us of urgent information that you feel RSTMH should respond to in a timely way e.g. outbreaks, health challenges, or regional successes
- Help us understand the key individuals, organisations, and networks in your region, that you feel we should be in contact with
We would like each Regional Ambassador to attend at least two RSTMH standard Board meetings while they are in the role, in rotation with other Regional Ambassadors, and in accordance with the RSTMH policy on Board meeting attendance.
We would like each Regional Ambassador to attend the Board of Trustees Strategy Workshop, which happens once per year and is normally between September and December. We are hoping to combine this trip with other meetings, including team and Board inductions, the RSTMH Annual Meeting which incorporates RSTMH’s AGM, and the annual meeting of Regional Ambassadors.
The purpose of attending Board meetings would be to take an active role in the governance of RSTMH, to represent the views of the Regional Ambassador group, and to bring your knowledge and experience of the region to discussions.
We would like Regional Ambassador to be able to work with us for at least three years, to be able to establish links and networks and make best use of the role.
Where Regional Ambassadors will be based
We are recruiting one Regional Ambassador in each of the following regions:
1. Southern and Eastern Africa
2. West Africa
3. South-East Asia and Western Pacific
4. Southern Asia
5. Southern and Central America
Skills and experience needed
You will be a citizen of the region and have been based in the region you would like to represent for at least a decade and will be there for at least a further three years.
You will have a good understanding of the broader context of global health beyond your personal area of speciality, as well as have established links to influential individuals and regional tropical medicine and global health networks and organisations.
You will be knowledgeable in your specific area of tropical medicine and global health and will have established good networks within your region, in your field and more widely, preferably across the clinical, academic, charity, industry and policy making sectors.
You will have represented your organisation or work in other non-executive or voluntary capacities in the past and ideally you would also have experience of working in a regional role in the past. You will have good relationship building skills and will be happy to act as a voluntary ambassador for RSTMH at conferences and meetings.
Finally, you will be a member of RSTMH and be able to demonstrate a good understanding of our work and strategy, and be confident and willing to represent RSTMH.
Although the role of Regional Ambassador is voluntary, we will meet the costs of attending the Board of Trustee Strategy Workshop and the RSTMH meetings organised as part of that same trip. During this visit you would have a chance to meet members of the Board of Trustees, the RSTMH team and other RSTMH members, Fellows and partners.
We will help develop materials e.g. business cards and email signatures for the Regional Ambassador to aid the delivery of the role.
We hope that volunteering as an RSTMH Regional Ambassador will be of benefit to you. You will be part of a network of Ambassadors around the world, hopefully expanding your existing networks and contacts in your area of work.
The RSTMH Team is happy to provide references for Regional Ambassadors.
If you would like to be a Regional Ambassador please submit your application by the 3rd Dec 2021
Welcome to the 2021 RSTMH Student Essay Competition.
This student essay competition is for students studying global health as a degree or any degree with a component of global health or medicine. It is open to current, full-time, students, based anywhere in the world. Evidence of student status must be provided at the point of submission.
Please find below the guidelines for the essay competition.
The essay should be a personal perspective on the theme of 'Universal Health Coverage'. The essay may take the form of original research, a literature review or an opinion piece, but whatever the format your article should demonstrate a combination of scholarship and original thought and analysis.
The essay should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words, excluding references, footnotes, and tables.
A 150–200 word summary should also be submitted together with the essay. All sources must be appropriately acknowledged in Harvard style only. References do not count as part of the word count.
Format and presentation
The essay must be in English. Please try and organise the essay into a logical succession of headed sections, where possible.
The essay should be entirely your own original work and should not have been previously published. All essays will be checked for plagiarism and we encourage you to refer to an academic writing handbook such as this one produced by LSHTM for guidance.
Please note that if the summary is omitted; the essay will not be considered. Only one essay per person can be submitted. Previous RSTMH award and scholarship winners in the last 2 years are unable to apply.
The winner(s) will be selected by a panel of experts, and the decision ratified by an RSTMH Committee. Highly commended essays may also be selected. The decision of the Committee is final.
The panel will be assessing essays using the following criteria
- How well your personal perspective links to the local/national/international landscape
- How well structured the essay is
- How easy the essay is to understand
- The evidence basis for your essay, including how you make use of relevant references
- How much does the essay inspire or engage
We may publish on our website or in our newsletter anonymised data relating to submissions to the competition. We will announce the winners name and essay title, plus that of any highly commended submissions on our website and through other communication channels. We may publish the winning essay in our scientific journal. By submitting an essay you agree to these conditions.
The prize for the winning essay is £200, plus a year's free student membership to RSTMH, either new or a renewal. We will also invite the winner to be presented with a certificate and their prize fund at an RSTMH event in 2021 or 2022.
THE ESSAY SHOULD BE SUBMITTED BY 5pm GMT Friday 12 November 2021
As a Student Ambassador for the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, you could be involved in a range of activities that help raise the profile of RSTMH at your university/institution and potentially with your wider networks.
RSTMH expectations of Student Ambassadors
- Be a member existing RSTMH member for a minimum of 3-months
- Be a full-time student in a subject related to global health, though part-time students will also be considered.
- Have good networks and be confident and willing to represent RSTMH at events and meetings.
- Provide feedback and ideas, thoughts or comments concerning Society activities to help with the process of continuous improvement.
- Always treat RSTMH staff, supporters, partners and members with respect, consideration and appreciation.
- Be friendly and professional at all times when representing RSTMH and engaging your networks about RSTMH.
- Help disseminate announcements to relevant students and staff on an ongoing basis, for instance, via departmental mailing lists, Noticeboards, or social media; via online resource portals and/or via the course convener for the relevant degree programmes.
- Provide as much notice as possible if you are unable to fulfil your Student Ambassador commitment.
- Have a good understanding of RSTMH and our work: our events, grants, journals and other plans.
- Be able to communicate clearly about RSTMH and our work, staying within RSTMH’s brand guidelines.
- Be familiar with the aims and scope of our two journals.
- Act in a way that doesn’t discriminate against or exclude anyone.
- Respect different opinions and be sensitive to different cultures.
- Have a strong social media presence.
- Donate as much time to the role as you can.
How to apply
Student Ambassadors are recruited throughout the year.
We are now open for applications. If you would like to apply to become a RSTMH Student Ambassador, please complete the application form.
Please give as much information as possible about your experiences, interests and availability.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Amelia Fincham, firstname.lastname@example.org.