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.

RSTMH members are invited to apply to receive a travel scholarship to attend the RSTMH Annual Meeting, held 13 – 14 October 2020. 

Any RSTMH member who has not received a scholarship in the previous two years can apply. Priority will be given too:

  • Early career professionals and students
  • Residents of a low or middle income country (LMIC)
  • Individuals who have not attended an international conference before.

There are a limited number of travel scholarships, please apply only if you can otherwise not afford to attend. 

Applicants should meet the above profile and the applicant’s referee should comment on this as part of the application process.

The maximum value of a travel scholarship is £1,500 and will cover:

  • Meeting registration
  • Round-trip economy airfare (booked by RSTMH)
  • Visa costs (not including fast track or agency fees)
  • Two nights hotel (booked by RSTMH)
  • Two days meal expenses (within a pre-established limit)
  • Travel expenses (public transport only)


 What is expected of a travel scholarship recipient?

  • Full attendance of the RSTMH Annual Meeting on both days
  • Writing a blog on a specific theme throughout the conference
  • Feeding back on your experiences through a survey after the event


Applications close at 17:00 UK time on the 6 July 2020, applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Awards will be made after the 7 August 2020.  

You are invited to submit abstracts to present lessons from the field relating to emerging diseases and outbreaks, with a focus (but not limited) on the below. 

  •  Developing vaccines, diagnostics and treatments 
  • Cultural sensitivities 
  • Education and behavioural change development 
  • Community engagement 
  • Public health programmes 
  • Surveillance and data modelling 
  • Communications 
  • Global coordination and operational challenges in outbreaks 
  • Outbreaks in fragile states and settings 
  • Other externalities such as co-morbidities, climate change, conflict. 

These presentations should share the lessons learnt from fieldwork across the tropical medicine and global health community that will inform others working in similar situations and share advice with the wider community. This knowledge will also help us understand what is needed to make positive change in our field of work, through awareness, funding, research and policy work. 

 We encourage those early in their careers to submit abstracts, there will be early career sessions throughout the conference.

Selected abstracts will take the form of an oral presentation with q&a, or poster presentations. All selected abstracts will appear in the conference booklet. 

The deadline for submissions is 22 June, 17:00 UK time. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.

Please note:   Presenters must register as a delegate. There will be a limited number of travel scholarships available to RSTMH members (through a separate application)

You are invited to submit abstracts for any research relating to emerging diseases and outbreaks, with a focus (but not limited) on the below. 

 Developing vaccines, diagnostics and treatments 

  • Cultural sensitivities 
  • Education and behavioural change development 
  • Community engagement 
  • Public health programmes 
  • Surveillance and data modelling 
  • Communications 
  • Global coordination and operational challenges in outbreaks 
  • Outbreaks in fragile states and settings 
  • Other externalities such as co-morbidities, climate change, conflict. 

We encourage those early in their careers to submit abstracts, there will be early career sessions throughout the conference.

Selected abstracts will take the form of an oral presentation – 5 minute ‘turbo talks’ with q&a, or poster presentations. All selected abstracts will appear in the conference booklet. 

The deadline for submissions is 22 June, 17:00 UK time. Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. 

Please note:   Presenters must register as a delegate. There will be a limited number of travel scholarships available to RSTMH members (through a separate application)

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 43 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 for a group of around 50 assessors to represent all areas of knowledge and experience 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 applications for our small grants and abstracts for our meetings and events. 

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

Benefits 

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. 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.

Benefits 

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. 

Fellows and members of RSTMH are invited to nominate an RSTMH fellow or member to be awarded the Donald Mackay Medal 2020.  This medal is jointly held by the RSTMH and the American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene (ASTMH). It is given out annually, in alternating years by RSTMH and ASTMH, and in 2020 this honour falls to RSTMH.
Dr Donald Mackay, who was Deputy Director of the Ross Institute at the London School of Hygiene and tropical Medicine, died in 1981, after many years of outstanding work in tropical occupationl health, especially on the tea plantations of South Asia. He was an outstanding physician, brilliant teacher, and man of the greatest integrity and commitment.   
The Medal is for outstanding work in tropical health, especially relating to improvements in the health of rural or urban workers in the tropics. Preference is given to suitable medically qualified candidates, but those in other disciplines are eligible. By completing this form you are providing RSTMH, ASTMH and its agents permission to view and use the information provided for the purposes of reviewing entries, making the award and announcing the winner.
Deadline for submissions is Friday 3 July 2020, 17:00 BST (British Summer Time). Complete submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. 

Members and Fellows of RSTMH can nominate another member or Fellow, or themselves, for the RSTMH Emerging Leaders Award 2020.
This award was established specifically for early-career professionals or researchers from, and based in, low- and middle-income countries.
The purpose of the Award is to recognise significant contributions in leadership and service, including mentorship and other forms of capacity-building, to the fields of tropical medicine and global health.  
For the purpose of this award we define early career as a maximum of 10 years active employment post-training, discounting career breaks.
The award will comprise:
 - A £5,000 personal cash award
 - A certificate
 - Access to mentorship through the RSTMH Board of Trustees and wider network
 - A platform to make a keynote speech at a RSTMH meeting
Self-nominations must be accompanied by a supporting statement from an RSTMH member or Fellow.

Deadline for submissions Friday 3 July, 17:00 (5pm) BST (British Summer Time).
Complete submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Self-nominations without a supporting statement by the deadline will not be considered. 

Fellows or members of RSTMH can nominate another fellow or member, or themselves, for the RSTMH Chalmers Medal 2020.  
The Medal is awarded to researchers who demonstrate evidence of mentoring and professional development of junior investigators, and other forms of capacity-building in line with Dr Chalmers’ own values.
The Medal is awarded to those who obtained their last relevant qualification between 15 and 20 years ago, allowing for career breaks. There will also be a question on the application form for those who consider themselves as mid-career but who don’t fit this category so they can state their case.  
He took a great interest in the work of younger researchers, and was always ready with help and encouragement Dr Albert John Chalmers MD, FRCS, DPH was born in Manchester in 1870 and began his distinguished tropical career in Ghana where he worked from 1897 to 1901.
He spent the following ten years in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) before becoming a Holt Fellow of University College, Liverpool. From 1913 to 1920 he was Director of the Wellcome Research Laboratories in the Sudan.
Only RSTMH Fellows or members are eligible to nominate and be nominated for this award. Self-nominations must be accompanied by a supporting statement from an RSTMH Fellow or member.

Deadline for submissions is Friday 3 July, 17:00 BST (British Summer Time). Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Self-nominations without a supporting statement by the deadline will not be considered. 

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 of RSTMH 
  • 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, amelia.fincham@rstmh.org.  

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