Media Scholarships to attend International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban, South Africa

Media Scholarships to attend International AIDS Conference 2016 in Durban, South Africa

Deadline: February 12, 2016

The International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016) Media Scholarship Programme is now open. The AIDS 2016 media scholarship programme offers journalists from around the world an opportunity to attend the conference, meet experts and gain exposure around a variety of HIV/AIDS areas, such as: science, social and economic impacts, policy changes, research, and global and local implementation.

This programme offers carefully selected journalists funding to attend the International AIDS Conferences. With 37 million people currently living with the virus, it’s critical to provide opportunities for media to better understand the emerging narratives, the latest scientific discovers and the current challenges facing the response.

Media Scholarship Programme

A very limited number of scholarships will also be available for media representatives from around the world. Media scholarship applicants will be asked to provide media accreditation and supporting documents.

Scholarship Value

Scholarship applicants will be able to request a full or partial scholarship.

A full scholarship may include:

  • Registration fee for the conference (include access to all sessions and exhibitions);
  • Travel (pre-paid airfare at the lowest fare available, from the nearest international airport);
  • Accommodation (shared in a budget hotel or dorm for the days of the conference);
  • Modest daily living allowance for the duration of the conference (18-22 July 2016).

A partial scholarship includes any combination of the above.


The programme is open to all bona-fide journalists who report on HIV in any country, including South Africa.

  • You must be at least 16 years of age at the time of the conference (that is, turn 16 on or before 18 July 2016) to apply for a scholarship.
  • If you are under 18 years of age at the time of the conference, you will need to show proof of an accompanying adult on your application. Note that the accompanying adult will not receive a scholarship if your application is successful.
  • Application forms must be completed in full. Incomplete applications cannot be considered for a scholarship.
  • Application forms must be completed in English. The official language of the conference is English.
  • Journalists openly living with HIV and/or who belong to a community that is disproportionately affected by HIV are strongly encouraged to apply

Other Requirement

If you are awarded a media scholarship, you will be required to attend a pre-conference media briefing in Durban, as well as the International AIDS Conference. This means that you will be out of your workplace for longer than the conference period itself. Media scholarship recipients must attend both the pre-conference briefing and the conference itself – no exceptions will be made. Details of the pre-conference briefing will be communicated to media scholarship recipients closer to the conference.


  • Once connected to your conference profile, click on the scholarships banner and select one of the two following options: scholarship application or media scholarship application. Carefully read the requirements and fill in the form.
    • For extra support, please consult the preview the media scholarship application form before starting your application. These documents include the questions you will be asked and the documents you will be required to attach to your application.

For more information, visit International AIDS Conference Scholarship.