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.  

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 Friday 28 June, 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 Friday 28 June, 17:00 (5pm) BST (British Summer Time). Complete submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. 

This meeting is designed specifically for early career investigators to present their unpublished research in progress to peers and senior experts in all fields of tropical medicine and global health. The event will take place in Moshi, Tanzania on 26–28 September 2019. 

Researchers are invited to apply for the opportunity to present their unpublished research on areas within tropical medicine and global health focusing on RSMTH’s priority areas:

· Neglected tropical diseases and their overlap with non-communicable diseases and the Sustainable Development Goals,

· Malaria, with a focus on drug resistance,

· Planetary Health and the consideration of human health alongside animal health and the environment, in the context of social, economic and political factors,

· Topical issues including emerging diseases,

· Drug resistant infections,

· Abstracts submitted on these broad themes will be considered for oral AND poster presentations. 

Please note: there are limited travel grants that will be given to researchers from the East African region only. Priority will be given to those who have not presented at this event before. 

The deadline is 24 June 2109, 17:00 British Summer Time (BST)

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