Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) Small Grants 2019 for early career researchers and global health professionals

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) Small Grants 2019 for early career researchers and global health professionals

Deadline: April 15, 2019

The Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH) Small Grants Programme 2019 is now open. RSTMH provides seed funds of up to £5,000 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.

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 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


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


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. They do not define this in terms of years of work or study. They expect candidates to be able to:
    • Carry out research under supervision;
    • Have the ambition to develop knowledge of research methodologies and discipline;
    • Have demonstrated a good understanding of a field of study;
    • Have demonstrated the ability to produce data under supervision;
    • Be capable of critical analysis, evaluation and synthesis of new and complex ideas;
    • Be able to explain the outcome of research and value thereof to research colleagues.
  • 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

Assessment Criteria

Criteria used to assess applications for small grants:

  • Originality, potential to make a contribution to this area of work
  • Feasibility of project design and methodology
  • Resource and cost effectiveness
  • Potential to provide career progression to applicant


Click here to apply.

For more information, visit RSTMH Small Grants.