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
- Providing scholarships to clinicians and HIV service providers to attend IAS conferences (International AIDS Conferences and IAS Conferences on HIV Science)
- Providing fellowships to support the training of experts in HIV service delivery
- 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.
Access the IAS Educational Fund online resources
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, 5,800 people have shown their interest in the IAS Educational Fund scholarship programme by submitting their application, and the IAS has supported a total of 468 clinicians and 80 advocates to attend the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), the 9th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2017) and 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) with a full scholarship.
These awards enabled participants not only to attend international conferences, but also to take away what they learned and present that knowledge back home. 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].
The IAS Educational Fund is made possible through independent educational grants from ViiV Healthcare, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation and Merck Sharp & Dohme.