RSTMH Small Grants

Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

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Anticipated deadline: Apr 15, 2021 9:00am PDT

Grant amount: Up to £5,000

Fields of work: Malaria Tropical Diseases Epidemiology & Public Health

Applicant type: Working Professional, Unaffiliated Researcher, Graduate Student, Faculty, Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Research

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD

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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 stand-alone projects or distinct elements within a larger project. They are ideally for those who have not received funding in their own name before.

Small grant value and timescale

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

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 prioritized. 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

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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, though we will 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
    • Grants awarded cannot be transferred to other individuals or institutions.
  • Applications must not be for retrospective work. 

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. Non-members can apply for a small grant but, if successful, would be required to join RSTMH before receiving their small grant.