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.  

Researchers, clinicians and professionals working in tropical medicine or global health are invited to apply to receive a travel scholarship to attend the RSTMH Annual Meeting, held 17–18 September 2019.  

Priority will be given to: 

· RSTMH members or Fellows based in a low- or middle-income country

· Those early in their careers, who have few alternative sources of funding

· Those working in or demonstrating an interest in One Health

We would like to ensure as many researchers and professionals that are students or early in their careers to apply for a travel scholarship as possible. 

With such a range of sectors we cannot easily define early career in terms of specific career positions. We have therefore used guidance around the profile of applicant that may be suitable for a travel scholarship. 

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

The maximum value of a travel scholarship is £1,600 and will cover registration to the RSTMH Annual Meeting, flights, visas, accommodation for two nights and meals for the duration of the meeting. RSTMH may make travel and accommodation arrangements directly. 

Applications will be assessed from now until 17:00 (5pm) on Wednesday 5 June BST (British Summer Time). Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered. Awards will be made after 17 June 2019. 

Travel scholarships will be available for other RSTMH meetings later in the year, subjective to a maximum award of one scholarship per person per year.

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. 

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