CROI invites international investigators and clinicians in resource-limited settings and developing countries working in HIV, hepatitis viruses, and SARS-CoV-2 research and clinical care who would be unable to participate in the Conference without financial support to apply for an International Investigator Scholarship.

CROI Going Hybrid in 2022: CROI is currently planned to include both virtual and in-person participation from February 12 through 16, 2022. The in-person component, hosted in Denver, Colorado, USA, will feature additional sessions and networking opportunities. The CROI Scientific Program Committee will monitor the COVID-19 pandemic carefully in terms of changes in the safety and practicality of hosting an in-person component. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

Scholarship Application Submission is Closed

Scholarship dispositions will be sent by email on December 10, 2021.

Scholarship Details

Scholarship Award

Recipients of an International Investigator award will receive complimentary access to the conference and may include travel expenses and access to priority housing.

Scholarship Criteria

Scholarships are awarded based on the quality of the application, a letter of recommendation, and the level of financial need.

Applicants must:

  • Be the presenting author on an accepted abstract
  • Actively participate in the research or clinical care of HIV, hepatitis viruses, SARS-CoV-2, and other viral infections and their related conditions
  • Work in a resource-limited setting or developing country
  • Engage in international collaborations in which information learned at the conference can be shared
  • Be fluent in English

All scholarship recipients are required to participate (in-person or virtually) in the full conference, including the Program Committee Workshop for New Investigators and Trainees. At the close of the conference, scholarship recipients must have completed the daily and overall conference evaluations.

Scholarship recipients who believe that they may not be able to commit to participate (in-person or virtually) in the entire conference can choose 1 of the following 3 options:

  • Adjust other conflicting commitments, participate (in-person or virtually) the full conference, and maintain the scholarship
  • Decline the scholarship, pay the full registration fee, present their work, and not be required to participate (in-person or virtually) in the full conference
  • Choose not to participate (in-person or virtually) in the conference and assign a coauthor to present (in-person or virtually) the work at the conference

Scholarship recipients are limited to a total of 3 scholarships. Due to the transition of CROI 2020 from an in-person to a virtual conference, scholarships received that year will not be included in the consideration of the number of scholarships the applicant has received.

How to Apply

International Investigator Scholarship applications should be submitted as part of the abstract submission process through the CROI Abstract and Scholarship Submission system. The person submitting this application must be the scholarship applicant. Applicants may submit only 1 type of CROI Scholarship (eg, New Investigator Scholarship, International Investigator Scholarship, or Community Scholarship) application.

The International Investigator Scholarship application must include a letter of recommendation from a mentor or leadership from the applicant’s institution. The letter of recommendation should be placed on the institutional letterhead and signed by the person providing the recommendation. The letter must be saved as a PDF file and uploaded by the scholarship applicant.

The recommendation letter should include:

  • The mentor’s full name, degree, title, and current academic affiliation
  • Confirmation that the person providing the letter is the mentor of the International Investigator Scholarship applicant
  • The length of time that the mentor has worked with the applicant
  • The applicant’s academic background: current position and title, highest level of education (eg, doctoral, master’s, or bachelor’s degree), and year(s) and from what institution(s) the applicant received their degree(s). If the applicant is an undergraduate student, include the year and institution the applicant will receive their bachelor’s degree
  • Confirmation that the applicant meets the award requirements:
    • The applicant is the presenting author of an abstract submitted to the conference
    • The applicant plans to participate (in-person or virtually) the entire conference
  • A summary of the applicant’s qualifications and research prospects in a brief statement of recommendation