AIDS 2016 Scholarship Programme


We are proud to announce that we were able to offer more than 900 scholarships, thus reaching our goal of doubling the number of awarded applicants since AIDS 2014. This mechanism made the conference even more accessible to people from resource limited settings, researchers, young people, community activists and civil society representatives.


AIDS 2016 scholarship recipients © IAS/Marcus Rose


Scholarship Programme

The Scholarship Programme was open to everyone around the world working or volunteering in the field of HIV and AIDS who was at least 16 years of age at the time of the conference. The programme provides financial assistance to help people who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference.

Priority has been given to those whose participation will 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 submission has been selected. Scholarship selection was based on a non-biased scoring system. A Scholarship Review Committee contributed to the reviewing and scoring of the applications.

Even though every attempt has been made to assist as many applicants as possible, we regret that there were only a limited amount of scholarships available.

Additional support was provided by the IAS Educational Fund to selected advocates, clinicians and service providers working in the field of HIV and AIDS. To learn more, please visit the IAS Educational Fund webpage.


Media Scholarship Programme

Forty media scholarships have been offered this year to media representatives across 24 countries. Media scholarship applicants were asked to provide media accreditation and supporting documents.


Types of support

Scholarship applicants were able to request a full or partial scholarship.

A full scholarship includes:

  • Registration fee for the conference (includes 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 may include any combination of the above.