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The number of Scholarships will depend on the availability of funds and sponsors? requirements. They will be awarded in a competitive manner to students and delegates from Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries wishing to attend the congress. They will be potentially available to delegates working in the field of STIs/HIV in the continents of Africa, Latin America and Asia.

A full scholarship will support the cost of travel (economy air ticket and local transport), accommodation and registration for the Congress. A partial scholarship will support registration and, in some cases, either accommodation or travel costs.

Scholarships will be awarded to delegates on the following criteria:

  • Abstract score
  • Personal motivation

Please note that applicants are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts. The personal motivations in the absence of an abstract will only be supported in a small number of situations.

Delegates wishing to be considered for a scholarship should submit a scientific abstract and the personal motivation letter through the Congress website in the normal manner (deadline for submissions is 29 January 2015) and fill out the Scholarship application form.

The personal motivation letter should be no more than 250 words. In the motivation, applicants should describe (i) their job title and institution, (ii) the main STI/HIV problems of the country they are working in and how they are personally involved in addressing these, (iii) a description of how they think attending the Congress will help them in their careers and working life, (iv) mention if they are already members (or not) of IUSTI or other country-based STI/HIV organisations.

All applicants will be notified as to the decision of the Scholarship Sub-Committee in respect of their application in March 2015.