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.

Our 2021 Annual Meeting will bring together RSTMH members and supporters from around the world to share knowledge from the forefront of the fight against drug resistant infections and encourage new connections and collaborations. Poster presentations and 5 minute “turbo talks” will be selected from abstracts submitted by early career researchers* and will complete a programme of talks by invited speakers.

Early career researchers are therefore invited to submit an abstract for any research relating to drug resistant infections, with a focus on (but not limited to):

  • Drug resistance case studies (Bacterial, fungal or viral)
  • Surveillance of antimicrobial resistance and antimicrobial consumption / use
  • Evidence of impact of stewardship of antimicrobials across health system levels
  • Impact of interventions to reduce AMR transmission within and beyond health facility settings
  • Innovations and use of information technology tools to address DRIs
  • Impact of COVID-19 on DRIs

These presentations should contain new knowledge in the field of tropical medicine and global health.

All selected abstracts will appear in the conference booklet.


  • The abstract should be submitted in English
  • Maximum number of words: 250
  • The abstract should follow the structure:
  1. Objective
  2. Methods
  3. Results
  4. Conclusion

*Early career researcher definition: anyone who gained a first or second degree, a postdoctoral qualification or approved university diploma course up to ten years ago, not including career breaks’

Submission deadline: 24 June, 17:00 BST. Submissions 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 is partnering with the European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH 2021) to launch a photo competition, “Global Challenges in Health: Your stories from around the world” to find the most engaging photographic representation of the work being done to address the global challenges in health listed below:

· Build global solidarity for worldwide health security

· Speed up access to COVID-19 tests, medicines and vaccines

· Advance health for all

· Tackle health inequities

· Provide global leadership on science and data

· Revitalise efforts to tackle communicable diseases

· Combat drug resistance

· Prevent and treat NCDs and mental health conditions

· Build back better

· Act in solidarity

The photo competition is an opportunity to shed light on all the different and urgent global challenges in health we are facing, but also solutions, and the people engaged in tackling these challenges.

Terms and conditions

The competition is open to all people working in the field of the tropical medicine and global health.

Entrants need to be aware and abide by rules and best practice around gaining permissions of subjects and respecting their privacy and circumstances.

The entrant must be the sole owner of the copyright of any material entered and have the correct permissions to use the images from the image subjects.

RSTMH/ECTMIH 2021 do not accept any liability for the publication of unlawfully reproduced material.

The contest is open to all, other than paid employees (or families) of RSTMH and ECTMIH 2021.

Maximum of one entry per person.

The top ten contestants will be personally notified within a month of the competition closing and the winner will be publicly announced at the virtual ECTMIH 2021. Attendance of the top ten contestants will be covered by ECTMIH 2021 for the award ceremony.

The ten best images will be featured in a photo exhibition on the RSTMH and ECTMIH 2021 websites and Congress virtual platform. The winning image will win a cash prize of 200 Euros and have the potential to feature on the cover of an issue of RSTMH’s journal, International Health (to be decided by RSTMH).

Images should be submitted as high-quality JPEGs or PNGs. Each image should be a minimum of 300dpi and 2MB. Heavily edited/Photoshopped images will not be accepted.

RSTMH/ECTMIH 2021 takes no responsibility for corrupted or late entries.

By entering any material to the competition, you grant RSTMH and ECTMIH 2021 the right to reproduce it for any purpose at any time, in any media.

The nominees consent to the use of their images, name and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by RSTMH/ECTMIH 2021, without any further compensation.

All entries will be judged by a panel of esteemed tropical medicine and global health professionals. The winning image will be voted for by attendees of ECTMIH 2021.

The deadline for submissions is 30 July at 16:00 GMT

Residents of low- or middle-income countries (LMICs) who have never been a member of RSTMH are invited to apply for the President’s Fund Award.

Lapsed RSTMH members who are unable to renew (e.g., due to issues surrounding COVID or financial difficulties) are also encouraged to apply.

Existing RSTMH members at the time of the application period (June-August 2021) cannot apply.

Four candidates per application period will be approved and will have their membership subscription paid for three years (£360 in total).

Awardees will be required to show their support and engagement for RSTMH at least once per annum during the three years of their paid membership. This will be through one or more of the following activities:

· Writing a blog post or case study on how they have utilised their membership

· Volunteered at the Society in some capacity

· Show proven initiative in helping to recruit new members

· Attended at least one of our paid-for events

There are a limited number of awards for the Presidents Fund, please apply only if you cannot otherwise afford the discounted LMIC membership rate.

If you have any queries, please contact our Membership Manager, Claire Coveney on 

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. 

Fellows and members of RSTMH are invited to nominate an RSTMH Fellow or member to be awarded the Sir Rickard Christophers Medal 2021.  This Medal is awarded triennially for work in tropical medicine and hygiene in its broadest sense and in particular for practical and field applications.  

Sir Rickard Christophers died in 1978, aged 104, after a lifetime spent in the relentless and inspired pursuit of knowledge. From 1898, when he was appointed member of the Malaria Commission of the Royal Society, through the next period of 30 years in India and the following 30 years of work in London and Cambridge, Sir Rickard's contribution to many branches of medical and other sciences was immense.

The impact of his studies on malariology and entomology was deep and lasting; his fundamental investigations of the pathology, immunology, epidemiology and control of insect-borne diseases made him a true "compleat scientist" of our age.

The Medal is for outstanding work in tropical medicine and hygiene in its broadest sense, and in particular for practical and field applications.

Deadline for submissions is Monday 19th July, 17:00 (5pm) BST (British Summer Time). Complete submissions received after 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  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,  

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene