IAS Educational Fund
The rapid pace of scientific discovery in care for people living with HIV and AIDS requires clinicians and HIV service providers to remain continually up to date on research developments and best practices. In 2016, the International AIDS Society (IAS) launched the IAS Educational Fund to provide educational and training opportunities to frontline HIV professionals.
The IAS Educational Fund makes scientific fora and continuing education opportunities more accessible to our members. This is accomplished by:
- Organizing IAS Educational Fund meetings around the world to provide access to the latest science at the regional level
- Providing scholarships to clinicians, HIV service providers and advocates to attend IAS conferences (International AIDS Conferences and IAS Conferences on HIV Science)
- Organizing scientific publishing workshops to support local scientists to improve their chances of having their abstracts accepted at international conferences and their research findings published in peer-reviewed journals
- Providing fellowships to support the training of clinicians in HIV service delivery and press fellowships to advance on-the-ground media coverage of the human and community impacts of implementing key HIV-related science and research
- Organizing webinars and making the content of IAS conferences accessible to a wider audience.
IAS Educational Fund meetings
To make scientific fora more accessible to our members, their communities and the HIV workforce, the IAS convenes smaller scientific symposia around the world targeted at healthcare workers, advocates, and policymakers. Through these smaller scientific meetings, the IAS Educational Fund provides access to the latest science and opportunities to question how that information impacts local epidemics. To build these meetings, the IAS partners closely with local academia, research institutions, and civil society organizations who ensure the discussion are adapted and contextualized for the locations where the IAS Educational Fund meetings are hosted.
IAS Educational Fund meeting in Mexico City ©IAS/Cate Cameron
To make the content of IAS conferences accessible to a wider audience, most conference sessions are made available online. The IAS Educational Fund team also provides selected sessions in multiple languages dedicated to clinicians and other healthcare providers and advocates.
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Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme: Experts in HIV service delivery
Many African countries face an unmet need in the training of medical practitioners who want to become specialized in HIV. The Mark Wainberg Fellowship Programme is aimed at contributing to improving the quality of HIV service delivery in resource-limited settings by providing two-year fellowships to clinicians from sub-Saharan Africa, who will spend one year in Europe and one year in Africa at clinical institutions.
Mark Wainberg fellowship recipients at AIDS 2018 - Photo ©IAS/Steve Forrest
The IAS Educational Fund provides additional scholarships for the IAS and AIDS conferences.
Since 2016, 9,400 people have shown their interest in the IAS Educational Fund scholarship programme by submitting their application, and the IAS has supported a total of 930 clinicians and 201 advocates, including close to 500 to attend AIDS 2020: Virtual.
These awards enable participants not only to attend international conferences, but also to take away what they learn and share that knowledge with their colleagues and broader networks. This is an essential step in ensuring that the research and implementation breakthroughs presented at the International AIDS Conferences and IAS Conferences on HIV Science move from meeting halls into communities.
Find out more about the IAS Educational Fund scholarships or contact us at [email protected].