2019 Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Small Grant Programme

Deadline: April 15, 2019.

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.

Their 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 award medals for excellence in practice, and to recognise emerging talent.

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 stand-alone projects or distinct elements within a larger project.



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 non-communicable 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.



1. Applicants for a small grant can be based anywhere in the world and can be of any

2. 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



The maximum RSTMH small grant awarded is £5,000 (including VAT).

Small grants can be used for the following expenditure:

  • Travel
  • Accommodation
  • Consumables
  • Field expenses, including salaries or per diems
  • Field transport
  • Items of equipment or software




RSTMH small grants programme

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