CROI invites community educators who work in community HIV research, prevention, or treatment education programs to apply for a Community Educator Scholarship. Scholarship awardees must demonstrate an established commitment to sharing their knowledge and experience with their community, as well as an ability to expand community research literacy.
There are 3 types of Community Educator Scholarships:
- Full Scholarship covers up to US $750 (domestic) OR lowest international air fare (generally up to US $1500) to and from resource-limited countries, up to 5 nights hotel accommodations at the discounted scholarship rate, and conference registration fee. A daily meal stipend may also be provided for awardees from resource-limited countries.
- Partial Scholarship covers a combination of 2 of the above.
- Registration only covers conference registration fee.
The scholarships are awarded based on the education experience and research literacy of the applicant, the quality of the application, letter of recommendation, and the level of financial need.
Scholarships are limited and are highly competitive. The selection committee will consider the following: 1) applicant’s degree of financial need, 2) application quality, 3) education and experience in HIV science and medicine, and 4) work setting. Preference will be given to applicants who work in resource-limited settings, have an established record in community education, and have demonstrated a commitment to sharing their experience and knowledge to expand research literacy in their communities.
To qualify, applicants must be literate in HIV science and have a strong command of English. Applicants must be actively involved in HIV research, treatment, or prevention education in their communities. Only candidates affiliated with HIV research, prevention, or treatment education organizations will be considered (note: limit of 2 applications per organization).
Community Educator Scholarship awardees are expected to attend the full conference, including the Program Committee Workshop for New Investigators and Trainees. They must also submit (by a date to be provided) a summary of their efforts to use and to share the information they learned at the Conference with their communities.
Scholarship awardees must book travel through the CROI travel agency, Altour. Any travel cost in excess of the scholarship award or travel not booked through the CROI travel agency is the responsibility of the scholarship awardee and must be paid at the time of booking. Scholarship awardees are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the airport or train station, and any luggage fees.
Discounted hotel rates are available to scholarship awardees and the rates displayed on the CROI housing website are the discounted rates. Unless otherwise specified in the scholarship award, Community Educator Scholarship awardees are responsible for the cost of their hotel. All attendees must book a hotel through the CROI registration and housing system.
Scholarship awardees will not be reimbursed. In lieu of reimbursement, scholarship awardees will be awarded a specified limit for their air, rail, or bus travel expenses. Any travel cost in excess of the scholarship award or travel not booked through the CROI travel agency is the responsibility of the scholarship award and must be paid at the time of booking. Unless otherwise specified in the scholarship award, scholarship awardees are responsible for the cost of their hotel.
How to Apply
The scholarship application period for CROI 2018 is not yet open. Please check the website often for updates.