Our Scholarships are the only ones of their kind supporting doctors and nurses from countries where travel medicine is an emerging specialty to study travel medicine abroad. This unique program provides scholars with the knowledge and practice to become certified practitioners in travel medicine. Upon completing their training, scholars return to their home country to lend their expertise in travel medicine clinical best practices, improving patient care and local healthcare standards.
Since our Travel Medicine Scholarships were established in 2002, doctors and nurses from around the world have had the opportunity to train with experts in the field.
We currently offer two scholarship opportunities for a doctor or nurse from an African country.
The successful scholars will be sponsored by the Robert & Haru Fisher Travel Medicine Scholarship and the Violet Williams Travel Medicine Scholarship. Preference will be given to practitioners with knowledge in travel medicine and the capacity to expand the practice of travel medicine in their country. The scholarships are administered on behalf of IAMAT by the South African Society of Travel Medicine (SASTM).
The scholars attend a travel medicine course offered by SASTM in Johannesburg and participate in 3 days of clinical observation at the Travel Doctor clinic in Johannesburg. SASTM’s mission is to guide the profession in all aspects relating to the practice of travel medicine, including training and accrediting travel health professionals.
This intensive 5-day course looks at all aspects of travel medicine, including patient-centered care, pre- and post-travel health protocols, and case studies. Prior to the course, the scholars are expected to study the provided educational materials in order to facilitate participation in the course. The scholars must write 2 exams (at the beginning and end of the course) and submit a travel medicine project. A Certificate of Competence will be issued by the University of the Witwatersrand upon successful completion.
IAMAT will pay for the tuition, educational materials, local transportation, and accommodations. The recipient is responsible for transportation to and from Johannesburg and any additional miscellaneous costs. Upon successful completion of the course, IAMAT will reimburse the scholar for the airfare (economy class).
Course dates: May 5-9, 2021
Clinical observation dates: May 3-4 and 10, 2021 (Two days prior and one day after the course)
Deadline for applications: October 26, 2020 at 11:59 CAT (Central African Time). Applicants will be considered for both scholarships.
In addition to applying to the IAMAT scholarship opportunity, please complete the South African Society of Travel Medicine’s application form.
This scholarship is awarded to one doctor or nurse from Central or South America. Preference will be given to practitioners with knowledge in travel medicine and the capacity to expand the practice of travel medicine in their country.
The scholar attends a 5-day travel medicine course offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The course is designed for general practitioners, practice nurses and other health professionals to develop and update their knowledge and skills in travel medicine. It is delivered through a series of lectures, discussions, role-play and problem-solving workshops, including the use of technology to access current health information. A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to the successful scholar.
For 5 days before the course, the IAMAT scholar will participate in clinical observations for returning travellers at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in London, UK and pre-travel clinics / phone advice consultations coordinated by NaTHNac (National Travel Health Network and Centre, UK) as well as develop a short travel health project.
IAMAT will pay for the tuition, educational materials, and 50% of accommodations. We will help the scholar find accommodations in London. The scholar is responsible for transportation to and from London, local transportation, the remaining 50% of accommodations, and any additional miscellaneous costs.
Applications for this scholarship are currently closed.
Last reviewed and updated: August 10, 2020