Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Small Grants 2019


Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Small Grants 2019

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) invites application/proposal from the eligible early career professionals for RSTMH 2019 small grants programme.

Purpose of small 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 or fieldwork, as standalone projects or distinct elements within a larger project.

Small grant value and timescale

  • The maximum RSTMH small grant awarded is £5,000 (including VAT). One or more of our successful grant winners may be funded or part-funded by one of the specific funds listed below. If this is the case, we may ask you to participate in separate award activities.
    Sir Leonard Rogers Fund
    Denis Burkitt Fellowship Fund
    Garnham Fund
    Centenary fellowship
    Appeal Fund
  • The project should start no earlier than four months after the closing date for applications. It should be completed within a year of receiving funding from us. Please indicate on the application form if you expect the project to finish after this time.

Small grant permitted use
Small grants can be used for the following expenditure: • Consumables • Field expenses, including salaries or per diems

  • Field transport
  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Items of equipment or software

Thematic priorities

Applications focused on the thematic areas listed in RSTMH’s five-year strategy will be prioritised. These are listed below:

  • Neglected tropical diseases, with a particular focus on their overlap with noncommunicable diseases and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Malaria, with a particular focus on drug resistance
  • One Health and wider planetary health. The consideration of human health alongside animal health, and the environment, in the context of social, economic and political factors
  • Topical issues including, but not limited to, emerging diseases
  • Drug resistant infections

The deadline for applications (including your references) is midnight GMT on 15 April 2019.

Guidance for applications

Application criteria Applicants for a small grant can be based anywhere in the world and can be of any nationality

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be early in their career. Guidance for this is below, we do not define this in terms of years of work or study
  • Have a clear research plan for which they are seeking support
  • Ideally be employed by, or affiliated to an organisation, though we will consider applications from those not affiliated or employed
  • Demonstrate limited alternative sources of funding
  • Have access to adequate supervision
  • Have the appropriate insurance to carry out the research
  • Hold a registered bank account
  • Be a RSTMH member.
  • Applications can be submitted from non-members but, if successful, winners would need to join RSTMH
  • Have not received a RSTMH small grant in the last two years
  • Submit only one application for a small grant per year

Applications must meet the following criteria:

  • Be full and complete
  • Be submitted through our online system by the deadline of midnight GMT on 15 April 2019
  • Not be for retrospective work


  • The application must be supported by two referees, one of which should be a senior member of the employing organisation. The other should be the applicant’s direct supervisor or mentor.
  • Referees should assess and should comment on:
    The feasibility of achieving the project aims with the resources defined in the application
    The relevance of the project to your research and/or career development
    The benefit of the project to the wider community
  • The applicant’s supervisor must also verify that to the best of their knowledge the applicant meets the guidance for being early in their career
  • References must be on headed paper
  • References must be complete and uploaded to Submittable by the deadline. Applications without completed and submitted references from the relevant referees will be deemed incomplete and not assessed.


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