CROI invites community leaders who engage in communications and educational activities focused on HIV prevention, treatment, or cure research to apply for a CROI Community Scholarship. Community Scholarship applicants must demonstrate an established commitment to sharing scientific knowledge with stakeholders as well as an ability to expand research and science literacy among communities impacted by HIV.

CROI is an intensely science-focused meeting during which a large volume of data- and research-based HIV information is presented. Individuals who are awarded the CROI Community Scholarship are leaders who are highly motivated to learn and apply the ever evolving research around HIV prevention, treatment, and cure concepts. In order to be considered for the Community Scholarship award, applicants must demonstrate the competency and skills to translate complicated science to a wide array of community members and various stakeholders in different contexts. All CROI Community Scholarship awardees are awarded waived CROI registration. Additionally, partial or full travel awards may be made available to some CROI Community Scholarship awardees with demonstrated need for travel support.

Please note: Beginning with CROI 2021, there will be a limit to the number of times a person can receive a CROI scholarship.

How to Apply

Community Scholarship applications should be submitted as part of the abstract submission process through the CROI Abstract Submission Portal. The scholarship application can be accessed by clicking the Create Community Scholarship button in the My Submissions page. Locate this page by going to the Submission section in the Dashboard page, and then click the Submissions link. Please submit no more than 1 application per CROI.

The Community Scholarship application must include a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s institution. The letter must be saved as a PDF file and uploaded by the applicant during submission of the scholarship application.

Please check the CROI website for important dates and deadlines.

Scholarship Details

All CROI Community Scholarship awardees receive waived registration for CROI. In addition, some full travel awards will be given to scholarship awardees who would not be able to attend CROI without this support. The full travel award covers up to US $750 (US/Canada) and US $1500 (international) for transportation to and from the conference using the lowest fare for economy air or train travel, up to 5 nights’ hotel accommodations at the discounted CROI rate, and the conference registration fee. A daily stipend may also be provided for scholarship awardees from resource-limited countries. For those scholarship awardees for whom some assistance is necessary, there will be some partial travel awards provided to cover either airfare or lodging in addition to the conference registration. Applicants who require additional travel support should indicate which level of support is needed on the application.

CROI Community Scholarship awards are limited and highly competitive. Applicants must be actively involved in HIV in their communities. Only candidates affiliated with organizations that provide communications, advocacy and/or educational services in support of HIV prevention, treatment, and/or cure research will be considered (limit of 2 applications per organization).

Applicants will be assessed on motivation, creativity, competency, literacy and their demonstrable skills to understand and disseminate HIV research. Scoring will include the overall quality of the application as well as the applicant’s letter of recommendation. The selection committee will consider the following: 1) Experience and aptitude in understanding and disseminating conference-acquired information, 2) Application quality, 3) Work setting, 4) Literacy level in science and evidence of strong command of English, and 5) Applicant’s degree of financial need.

Preference is given to individuals who:

  • Have demonstrated the capacity and commitment to deliver science- and research-based HIV research information directly related to impacted communities at the ground level.
  • Engage in community communication and/or education efforts beyond those related to direct-to-client prevention services (including biomedical-focused services) and/or recruiting and consenting HIV clinical trial participants.
  • Medical professionals, administrators, researchers, and media professionals are not eligible to apply for the CROI Community Scholarship.

Scholarship Requirements

All CROI Community Scholarship awardees are required to attend the full conference, including the Program Committee Workshop for New Investigators and Trainees. At the close of the Conference, Scholars must have completed the daily and overall conference evaluations.

Scholarship awardees who cannot attend must decline the award. The awarded scholarship is not transferable.


CROI Community Scholarship awardees must book travel through the CROI travel agency, Altour, by completing an IAS-USA Airfare Request form. You may also contact Altour at 888-669-8291 (US) for assistance. Any travel cost in excess of the travel award, or travel not booked through the CROI travel agency, is the responsibility of the Scholar and must be paid at the time of booking. Unless otherwise specified in the travel award, Scholars are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the airport or train station, and any luggage fees.

Hotel Accommodations

If the travel award does not include hotel accommodations, CROI Community Scholarship awardees are responsible for the cost of their hotel unless otherwise notified. Discounted hotel rates are available to Scholars and displayed on the CROI housing website. All attendees must book a hotel through the CROI registration and housing system. If you have a financial hardship or do not have a credit card to reserve a hotel room, please email


Scholars will not be reimbursed for travel. In lieu of reimbursement, Scholars will be awarded a specified limit for their air, rail, or bus travel expenses. Any travel cost in excess of the travel award or travel not booked through the CROI travel agency is the responsibility of the Scholar and must be paid at the time of booking.