6th Global Conference on Violence Against Women | CTICC, South Africa


6th Global Conference on Violence Against Women | CTICC, South Africa | 21-25 October 2019

SVRI Forum is the world’s key research conference on violence against women and other forms of violence driven by gender inequality in low and middle-income countries.

SVRI Forum 2019’s focus is on research working to understand and redress inequity among vulnerable populations to ensure no-one is left behind; research on violence against women and linkages to violence against children, realising the SDGs and research for social change and global movements.

SVRI Forum is where researchers, policy-makers, funders and practitioners come together to design solutions for ending violence against women and girls. By participating in SVRI Forum you will build your knowledge, create collaborations, expand your network, and disseminate knowledge to key decision-makers in the field of violence against women. 


The SVRI is delighted to announce its call for bursaries for SVRI Forum 2019 – our 6th international conference. A limited number of full or partial bursaries are available.

The overall objectives of the bursaries are to:

  • Ensure fair access, diversity, equity, and inclusion of researchers based in low- and middle-income countries (LMIC) at the SVRI Forum 2019
  • Foster a space for shared dialogue through networking at the conference
  • Build capacity of young professionals to strengthen the quality of their work on violence against women, violence against children and other forms of violence driven by gender inequalities.

This year the SVRI will support two types of bursaries to the Forum:

The SVRI Forum Young Professionals Programme

The SVRI Young Professionals Programme provides an opportunity for young abstract submitters (aged 30 years and younger) based in low- and middle-income countries to receive guidance on developing their presentations for the conference, and where available, support attendance to the event. The programme is aimed at young researchers from resource limited settings who lack access to opportunities of attending conferences and delivering conference presentations.  Kindly see the SVRI Forum Young Professionals Programme web page for eligibility criteria

Open Bursaries

A limited number of open bursaries are also available including bursaries that will support:

  • SVRI Forum 2019 programme: This bursary will prioritise abstract presenters from LMICs for oral and science pitch presentations.
  • SVRI Forum 2019 by attendance: This bursary is for general delegates attending the Forum. Please take note that preference will be given to delegates contributing to the SVRI Forum 2019 programme.
  • Topic specific: Donor specific funded bursaries for professionals working on a specific topic, for example, psychological violence/emotional abuse.

Kindly see the Open Bursaries web page for eligibility criteria.

How to apply

Even though every attempt will be made to assist as many applicants as possible, we regret that there will only be a limited number of bursaries available. Applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to seek other funding as well. Please visit the SVRI’s Funding Resources page for possible opportunities. Kindly complete the online application by 25th March 2019 11:59pm SAST. For any queries kindly contact us at svri.forums@mrc.ac.za.

Important information for applicants:

Before the SVRI Forum 2019:

  1. Bursary recipients must have valid travel documents and are responsible for obtaining appropriate travel approvals to attend the conference. They must also cover the costs of their visas – unless agreed otherwise in advance with the conference organisers.
  2. Bursary recipients may be held liable for any/all expense incurred if awardee does not attend the conference. Cancellations must be communicated 1 month before the event to avoid liability costs.
  3. Priority will be given to applicants from low- and middle-income countries, with preference given to individuals in LMICs who have submitted an abstract that has been accepted for presentation at the Forum.
  4. Bursary recipients must provide a letter from their organisations or institutions confirming that they can attend the conference.  (Self-employed recipients are not required to submit this).
  5. Applications must include a short CV (download template).

During the SVRI Forum 2019:

  1. Bursary recipients will be required to attend an opening meet and greet, and a post-conference discussion. More information will be provided by the conference organisers.
  2. Bursary recipients will be asked to provide a blog post of their learning and experience at the SVRI Forum 2019 and provide a short-written summary of one or two parallel sessions at the Forum. Forum organisers will communicate directly with you in this regard.
  3. Bursary recipients will be responsible for their own day to day expenses, travel insurance and costs incurred for this.
  4. Bursary recipients will be required to act as SVRI Forum Ambassadors through live tweeting of sessions, and sharing posts and photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. A social media plan will be shared with you prior to the event.
  5. Bursary recipients will receive Standards of Behaviour for the conference and will be expected to honour this.
  6. The SVRI Forum organisers consider the safety and well-being of our bursary recipients a priority and regular debriefing will be organised. The Forum will offer delegates with spaces to reflect and referral services where needed. More information will be provided in information packs.



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