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 Neglected Tropical Diseases Photo Competition
RSTMH is delighted to launch a photo competition to coincide with World NTD Day 2023. The photo competition is aimed at finding the most engaging photographic representation of neglected tropical diseases.

The photo competition is an opportunity to highlight the people, communities, activities, successes and challenges of working with neglected tropical diseases. 

Terms and conditions
The competition is open to all. 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 does 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. Maximum of one entry per person. The top ten contestants will be personally notified within a month of the competition closing. All competition entries have the opportunity to be published as the cover image of an RSTMH journal (to be decided by RSTMH.

The winning image will win RSTMH membership for one year 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 does take any responsibility for corrupted or late entries. 

By entering any material to the competition, you grant RSTMH a royalty- and copyright-free permission to hold, use, edit, and reproduce it in any print or electronic media, including the Internet, throughout the world for any lawful purpose, in perpetuity. The nominees consent to the use of their images, name and/or photograph in any publicity carried out by the RSTMH and on behalf of RSTMH, without any further compensation. All entries will be judged by a panel of esteemed tropical medicine and global health professionals. The deadline for submissions is Friday 17 February 17:00 GMT

RSTMH Early Career Grants Programme – Terms and Conditions 2023

Purpose of Early Career Grants 

To enable early career researchers and global health professionals in the field of tropical medicine or global health to undertake clinical or scientific research and/or fieldwork, either as stand-alone projects or distinct elements within a larger project. They are for those who have not received a research grant of £5,000 or more in their own name before. 

RSTMH anticipate that most applicants will be at the start of their careers, though it recognises that some more experienced professionals may be new to research and will still be eligible to apply for a grant. 

Anyone can apply for an RSTMH Early Career Grant. However, if awarded we will provide membership for you, or deduct the cost from the Grant. 

Thematic scope 

Applications can be on any area of tropical medicine or global health. 

Early Career Grant value and timeline 

The maximum RSTMH Early Career Grant award is GBP £5,000 including any relevant tax on purchases. 

One or more awardees may be funded or part-funded by the Denis Burkitt Fellowship Fund. If this is the case, we may ask you to participate in separate award activities. 

The project should start between September and December 2023 after the planned payment dates, which is currently September 2023, but please note this may change as a result of the number of applications. If your project has a strict timeframe please do let us know that when you submit your application. The project should be completed within a year of it being started. Please indicate on the application form if you expect the project to finish after this time. 

Open for applications 1 February 2023

Deadline for applications 28 April 2023

Funding payments made September 2023

Projects start December 2023

Projects finish December 2024

Reports due By March 2025

The key dates for the programme are above. If you are not able to deliver your project or report to these timings (notwithstanding unplanned changes) then please consider whether you should apply this year. If you are awarded but unable to complete your project within the timeframe RSTMH may ask for a refund of all unspent funds.

Please note that Early Career Grants cannot be used for retrospective projects. 

Early Career Grants eligible costs 

The list below provides general guidance about the costs which are eligible under the Early Career Grants Programme. We do understand there may be exceptions to this guidance and would ask applicants to evidence the need for higher costs as part of their budget description. 

If an item costs more than the limits indicated below, applicants can use other sources of funding to top up e.g. If a piece of equipment costs £3,000 and only £2,000 is allowable under the programme, the applicant could cover the additional £1,000 from another source.

· Consumables 

· Fieldwork expenses, including reasonable per diems for staff standard class travel to, from and within site(s) and accommodation 

· International travel to carry out the research, total costs up to 50% of the overall budget 

· The grant costs cannot be solely used for equipment, the total cost allowed is up to 50% of the overall budget 

· Computers, tablets and phones, up to 20% of the overall budget 

· Training course, tuition or bench fees that are related to and directly relevant to the project, up to 20% of the overall budget 

· Local dissemination costs, up to 20% of the overall budget 

· Ethics approval costs, up to 10% of the overall budget 

· Reasonable contingency costs 

· Tax on purchases where relevant 

Receipts or evidence of purchase of all items must be kept for seven years after the final report has been submitted as they may be audited by RSTMH and its funding partners. 

If this grant application is part of a larger research programme, matched funding must be in place at the time of submission of the Early Career Grant application. In addition to the application budget, applicants must also include a brief outline of the larger research programme’s budget in the application.

Early Career Grants ineligible costs 

· Salaries for awardee 

· Registration fees, travel and accommodation for conference or event attendance. 

· Publishing costs/fees for academic journals[1]. Awardees could be eligible for an automatic publication fee waiver or discount for the RSTMH journals

· Miscellaneous costs 

· Business class travel or alcohol consumption 

· Tuition fees for PhD or MSC

Application criteria

Applicants for an Early Career Grant can be based anywhere in the world and can be of any nationality. 

Applicants must meet the following criteria: 

· Not received research funding of £5,000 or more in their own name before 

· Have a clear research plan for which they are seeking support 

· Be employed by, or affiliated to, an organisation; though we will consider applications from those not affiliated or employed. Should awardees seek to transfer to another institution during an award, written permission is required from RSTMH and this may be granted only in exceptional circumstances 

· Have access to adequate supervision, and for their supervisor to remain for the duration of the project

· Have the appropriate insurance to carry out the research 

· Hold a registered bank account which accepts GBP. Please note that a condition of an award is that grant funds are paid into the awardee’s personal bank account and not an institutional account. If this presents an issue, please let us know 

· Have not received an RSTMH grant before 

· Have submitted only one application for an RSTMH grant per year 

· Not be an RSTMH global assessor in the same year 

· Not be seeking funds for a project already started or completed

· Not be a named supervisor or referee on an RSTMH grant application in the same year

Applicants are encouraged to include costs which would enable their projects to maximise diversity and inclusion, and community participation.


The application must be supported by two referees, one of which should be a senior member of the employing or affiliated organisation. The other should be the applicant’s direct supervisor for the duration of this project. References must be on headed paper and must be complete and uploaded to Submittable by the deadline (9am BST 28 April 2023). Applications without submitted references from both referees will be deemed incomplete and not assessed. Referees should use an institutional email address and not a personal email address to submit their references. 

The supervisor should assess and clearly comment on: 

· The feasibility of achieving the project’s aims 

· The relevance of the project plan

· The benefit of the project to the wider community 

· The applicant meeting the guidance for being early in their career 

· The mentorship and support available to the applicant 

The senior member from the employing or affiliated organisation should comment on: 

· The training and career development opportunities available to the applicant 

· The availability and use of relevant institutional resources 

· The mentorship and career support available to the applicant

Guidance on ‘early career’ eligibility 

We would like to ensure as many early career researchers and professionals can apply for an Early Career Grant as possible, and encourage people from a range of disciplines and sectors to apply. 

To ensure equity and fairness of opportunity, RSTMH does not use a definition focused on specific roles, qualifications held, or age, instead it chooses to supply guidance around the profile of an applicant that may be suitable for an Early Career Grant. 

Applicants should not have received research funding of £5,000 or more in their own name before. The applicant’s supervisor must verify this as part of the reference and the application process. 

Applicants should be able to: 

· Carry out research under supervision 

· Have the ambition to develop knowledge of research methodologies and discipline 

· Have demonstrated a good understanding of a field of study 

· Demonstrate the ability to produce data under supervision 

· Use critical analysis, evaluation and be able to synthesise new and complex ideas 

· Competently explain the outcome of their research, and value thereof, to colleagues

Criteria used to assess applications for Early Career Grants 

· Early career status 

· Validity of the research question

· Quality of the project design and methodology 

· Feasibility of delivering the project outcomes

· Impact of your research project 

· Value for money 

Requirements of awardees 

Grants can only be used for the exact activities described in the application, as that is the basis no which the grant has been awarded. Any changes to the proposed to activities post award must be approved by RSTMH. Grants would be requested to be refunded if activities are changed without approval. 

Grants awarded cannot be transferred to other individuals or institutions. Awardees must inform RSTMH if their personal or professional circumstances change throughout the application and award process. 

Awardees must hold a personal bank account. We can only pay awards to institutions in exceptional circumstances. 

If the research involves animals, awardees must ensure they abide by the local laws. 

Awardees must tell us immediately if there is a change to the scope of the Grant activities, or if there are any factors that may adversely affect the Grant activities or compliance with the Terms and Conditions. This includes suspicion of, or actual, fraud, corruption or financial impropriety, or any change to your or the Awardee’s status. Any changes to the project made after selection must be approved before the project starts by the Grants and Awards Committee, and will only be approved in exceptional cases.

 Awardees must repay to RSTMH: 

· any part of the Grant that has not been spent when the Grant activities have been completed

· any part of the Grant used in breach of the Terms and Conditions. 

Awardees must keep receipts or other proofs of payment for all items of spend relating to the Grant for seven years.

Awardees are responsible for any expenditure on the Grant activities which exceeds the amount of the Grant. 

N.B. There may be separate requirements and/or conditions if you are awarded by one of RSTMH’s partners.

Reporting and dissemination 

On completion of the project a report must be submitted to RSTMH through the submittable portal within 3 months, for formal review by the Grants and Awards Committee. This may also be used for potential promotion by RSTMH. 

The project report template will ask information on the following areas: 

· Results and outcomes of the project 

· The impact of the project on your career, skills and networks

· Any images that help to illustrate your research and outcomes

· The budget expenditure against your project budget, with all receipts and proofs of payment for audit purposes 

Failure to submit the report within this timeframe may result in RSTMH asking for a refund of all unspent funds. In such cases, future applications for funding will not be considered. 

The support of RSTMH and your funder, if relevant, must be acknowledged in all written publications and oral presentations arising from the project. The logo of RSTMH and the funder will be supplied for this purpose, and other materials can be provided on request. 

For transparency, RSTMH and your funder, if relevant, will announce its Early Career Grant recipients on its website, social media channels and through its communications. If you have any concerns about this, please let us know. 

Withdrawal of Early Career Grants 

RSTMH reserves the right at any time and without notice to withdraw an Early Career Grant, either in full or in part, if the awardee fails materially to comply with these conditions. 

Modification or variation of conditions 

RSTMH reserves the right to modify, add to, or vary these conditions, as it sees fit. It will give prior notice to the awardees of any changes. RSTMH will seek to ensure that the awardee is not disadvantaged by such changes. 

By applying for an RSTMH Early Career Grant, you are agreeing to share the details of your application with RSTMH, including its team and volunteers, its selected suppliers and funding partners and assessors for the purpose of assessing and managing your application, and if your application is successful, of supporting your research. 

For transparency, RSTMH will use anonymised data from applications for marketing purposes to demonstrate the number, geographical spread, gender mix, disease and sector representation. By applying for an Early Career Grant you are agreeing to these terms and conditions.

The decision of the RSTMH Grants and Awards Committee is final. 

If you have any technical problems with filling out an application form, please email 

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, please email

   [1] RSTMH journals, like many others, offer waivers or discounted rates for publications costs. RSTMH also offer highly discounted rates to developing countries, based on the Research4Life eligibility criteria


Thanks so much for deciding to apply for this role, to support RSTMH and our work. The job description is below. 

Job description – Grants Manager

Job title: Grants Manager

Reports to: Chief Executive, RSTMH

Hours of work: Full time, based at the RSTMH offices, High Holborn with current trial of Mondays at home 

Salary:  circa £40k

Job type: Permanent 


Job summary

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) is a charity and society of over 1,800 members from 94 countries, who work in, or are interested in tropical medicine and global health.

We aim to save lives, alleviate diseases and improve equity and access to health through improving our members careers and combining their skills and experience with our own knowledge to call for change in policy, funding and research.

Every year RSTMH provides small grants of up to £5,000 each to early career researchers and global health professionals around the world, to try and ensure that the pipeline of research, translation, implementation and policy work on global health is full of innovative plans and projects.  We want to inspire the next generation of tropical medicine and global health discoveries as much as we can. In the last 4 years the programme has grown by a factor of 4 in terms of submissions and by a factor of 6 in terms of awards, so it is an exciting time to be leading this area of work.

To help us manage this programme we’re looking for an experienced Grants Manager who can manage all aspects of the programme from marketing through assessment, to award, ongoing communications and monitoring and evaluation.

RSTMH is a small team so the candidate needs to be happy to work alone, and also be an effective team player. They should be equally comfortable leading partner relationships, developing marketing information, writing a communications strategy, advising potential grantees on terms and conditions, and running reports on the online submissions platform. The candidate needs to be responsible for the programme budget on behalf of RSTMH and our funding partners, and have excellent project management and relationship building skills.

Summary of the role

· Taking ultimate responsibility for the delivery of the RSTMH small grants programme, including managing relationships with our grant funding partners, volunteer assessors and awardees

· Developing and overseeing processes to streamline the marketing, assessment and delivery of grants to successful applicants

· Improve communications, monitoring and evaluation strategies to optimise the programme and its longer term outcomes

· Ensuring the grants are an integral part of RSTMH, reflecting and complementing wider organisational activity and strategy

Key tasks

Key tasks

  • To manage the international RSTMH small grants programme, working      with the Chief Executive, including-
    • Develop marketing information for the small grants programme and       help disseminate this to our existing and new networks
    • Provide support and advice to potential grantees, managing their       expectations where necessary
    • Efficiently administer the grants application process through
      • Carry out an initial assessments of grant applications
      • Assign the applications to global assessors and managing that        process through to finalising assessments and producing a shortlisting        report
      • Work with the Chief Executive to make recommendations to the        Grants and Awards Committee
      • Produce shortlisting reports for RSTMH funding partners according        to their criteria
      • Finalise grantees and working with the RSTMH to make awards
      • Evaluate the project reports as part of the wider review of the        Programme
  • To manage relationships with our global network of voluntary assessors      and also past and current awardees including
    • Establish relationships with global assessors and grantees       including phone calls, webinars and face to face meetings where possible
    • Work with global assessors and grantees to ensure compliance with       our grant processes including reporting and evaluation
  • Draft reports about the programme for the Chief Executive, Grants      and Awards Committee, Board of Trustees and funding partners
  • Maintain quality data records on grant activity, through the RSTMH      resources
  • Ensure we meet our obligations under our agreements with our      funding partners
  • Carry out such other tasks as the Chief Executive may from time to      time deem necessary

Person Specification


  • At least 3 years experience of working in grant management,      overseeing grants being given out
  • Understanding and experience of developing a monitoring and      evaluation process
  • Ability to juggle multiple priorities and manage own time
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and skills
  • Excellent at building relationships with a wide variety of      stakeholders
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Strong organisational and project management skills with the      ability to meet challenging deadlines and targets
  • Strategic thinker, happy to undertake operational work
  • Strong IT skills, including MS Office applications and database      management
  • A demonstrable commitment to the aims and objectives of RSTMH
  • Diplomacy and the ability to manage sensitive data in a  confidential and appropriate manner
  • Methodical and able to meet agreed deadlines
  • Flexible approach to changing circumstances, prepared to re-order      priorities when required


  • An understanding of the environment for grant making for charities
  • Experience of working in a small team
  • Experience of writing grant applications

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 three years, 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. 

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