The conference organizers are committed to making AIDS 2010 accessible to people from resource-limited settings and communities, researchers, young people, community activists and civil society representatives.
International Scholarship Programme
Scholarships provide financial assistance to a number of people from resource-limited settings and communities, key affected populations, people living with HIV, young people, researchers and students to help them attend the conference. The International Scholarship Programme is open to everyone around the world. Priority is given to those whose participation will help enhance their work in their own communities, to those who are able to assist in the transfer of skills and knowledge acquired at the conference, and to those whose abstract, workshop or programme activity (Global Village or Youth Programme) submission has been selected.
Scholarship selection is made based on a non-biased scoring system established in advanced.
to read the terms and conditions of the International Scholarship Programme.
Media Scholarship Programme
A very limited number of scholarships are available for media representatives from around the world. Media scholarship applicants are asked to provide media accreditation and supporting documents.
to read the terms and conditions of the Media Scholarship Programme.
Applying for a an International or Media Scholarship
Scholarships are offered to people from a variety of backgrounds, including those who are submitting abstracts, workshop proposals and programme activity proposals (Global Village or Youth Programme). A number of applicants who are not submitting directly to the conference programme, as well as media representatives are also granted scholarships.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.
Scholarship applications were accepted from 8 December 2009 to 10 February 2010. All scholarship applicants were notified of their application status in mid-April.
Over 11,000 applications were received from 179 different countries, from all realms of the field of HIV and AIDS. As part of the scholarship application, candidates were required to answer questions regarding their work, motivation to attend the conference and benefits that they would bring back to their organization and community after attending the conference.
Over 900 successful applicants were chosen from the pool of applicants, selected according to recommendations and criteria established by the Conference Coordinating Committee, the Scientific Programme Committee, the Workshop and Programme Activities Working Groups and the IAS Communications Department. This year, a Scholarship Review Committee was charged by the CCC to oversee the selection process and overall distribution. We would like to thank the members of these committees and working groups who helped shape the scholarship programmes.
The majority of scholarships were offered to delegates who would directly contribute to the conference programme through an abstract, a programme activity (Global Village or Youth Programme) or workshop. A small number of media representatives were also funded to attend both the conference and a pre-conference training. In addition to these groups, priority was given to women, PLHIV, people from key affected populations, young people, students and community representatives.
The following is a breakdown of how the scholarship budget was allocated.
For a breakdown of scholarships and PLHIV offered scholarships by country of residence click here
Funding for the AIDS 2010 Scholarship Programmes has kindly been provided by the Life Ball, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), and Sidaction. The conference organizers would like to thank these organizations for their generous contribution to the scholarship programmes.
Types of Support
Scholarship applicants are able to request a full or partial scholarship.
A full scholarship includes:
- registration to the conference (includes access to all sessions and exhibitions)
- economy-class travel (pre-paid ticket at the lowest fare available)
- accommodation (shared in hotel twin rooms for the days of the conference)
- modest living allowance for the conference duration (18-23 July 2010, the equivalent of EUR 30 per day)
- travel insurance for the duration of the conference
A partial scholarship includes any combination of the above.
Applications were open to anyone working in the field of HIV and AIDS.
Most of the questions asked on the application form are related to personal details and work experience. There are also four essay questions which ask for further details regarding the applicant’s organization, occupation or involvement in HIV/AIDS, motivation to attend the conference and how the applicant’s organization or community would benefit from the scholarship.
General scholarship applicants are asked to submit a letter of recommendation after completing the scholarship application. No general application is accepted without submission of the letter of recommendation.
Media scholarship applicants are also asked to provide media accreditation and supporting documents. No media application is accepted without submission of the required supporting documents.
Read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) here