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.


“I am really thankful to the scholarship programme for providing me with the opportunity to attend. I learned from the experiences and best practices shared by researchers and scholars from around the globe.”

Romesa Roy William, Pakistan


" The scholarship was a significant turning point in both my life and career. The conference changed my attitude, knowledge and understanding of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and has also challenged me on what I need to do in order to end it."

Samuel Lukwago, Uganda

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.


Overview of AIDS 2016 Scholarship Statistics

Over 7’500 applications were received from 166 countries, from all areas of the HIV field. The applications were thoroughly screened by an independent reviewing committee in light of the requirements.

A total of 940 recipients were awarded a full or partial scholarship. They have been selected based on recommendations and criteria formulated by the AIDS 2016 Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC), the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC), the Workshop Working Group and the Global Village and Youth Programme Working Group. The Scholarship Review Committee was entrusted by the CCC to oversee the selection process and overall distribution of scholarships.

The majority of scholarships were offered to delegates who would directly contribute to the conference programme through an abstract, a workshop and/or a programme activity (see breakdown below). A small number of media representatives were also funded to attend both the conference and a pre-conference briefing. In addition to these groups, priority was given to women, PLHIV and young people.

We would like to extend special thanks to the member of the different committees and working groups who helped shape the scholarship programme this year.

The following is a breakdown of how the scholarship budget was allocated:



For a breakdown of scholarships by gender, age and HIV status, click here.

Funding for the AIDS 2016 Scholarship Programme was kindly provided by: South African Department of Health; Ford Foundation; Canada – Global Affairs; OFID; MAC AIDS Fund; NIH; WHO; UNICEF; MRC; Global Fund; ELMA Foundation; UNDP.