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.

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 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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Fellows and members of Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) and students, alumni or staff members of Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) are invited to nominate candidates for the Hemingway Award 2019.  

This Award is to recognise Professor Janet Hemingway’s achievements in delivering and encouraging translational science during her leadership of LSTM. It is a joint award between RSTMH and LSTM, which will be presented annually with a cash prize of £5,000. 

The award will recognise success of translating research, translating pure research undertaken by someone else, or by securing funding for translational studies or programmes. 

Nominees can be researchers, scientists and professionals from anywhere in the world, with no restriction on age, or sector of candidates.

Deadline for submissions is Monday 22 July, 17:00 (5pm) 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 2019. 

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 Monday 22 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 and members of RSTMH are invited to nominate themselves or another Fellow or member for the Sir Patrick Manson Medal 2019.  

At the outset of the twentieth century, Sir Patrick Manson, GCMG, FRS, was the most eminent figure in the field of tropical medicine. Distinguished by his own research, and with a reputation as an outstanding teacher and administrator, he established the scientific basis of tropical medicine.

In his own lifetime, he was hailed by Raphael Blanchard of Paris as the "Father of Tropical Medicine".

Sir Patrick was the first President of RSTMH and remained closely associated with the Society until the end of his life.

The bronze medal bears the likeness of Sir Patrick in profile on the obverse, and on the reverse a garland of oak leaves surrounds the words "Tropical Medicine. A.D. 1922", the year in which Sir Patrick died.

The Sir Patrick Manson Medal is awarded triennially. It is the Society's highest mark of distinction, and will be awarded to the living person whose contribution to any branch of tropical medicine or hygiene is considered by the Board of Trustees to merit the honour most.

Only RSTMH Fellows or members are eligible to nominate and be nominated for this award. 

It was last awarded in 2016 to Professor Baron Peter Piot.

Deadline for submissions is Monday 22 July, 17:00 (5pm) BST (British Summer Time). Complete submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. 

Fellows or members of RSTMH can nominate another fellow or member, or themselves, for the RSTMH Chalmers Medal 2019.  

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 Monday 22 July, 17:00 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. 

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