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Linking travel medicine and global health

In our effort to advance global health and travel medicine education, we award travel medicine scholarships to healthcare practitioners from countries where travel medicine is an emerging specialty. We also sponsor lectureship grants for clinicians and researchers to present and discuss the latest research in tropical medicine. The scholarships and lectureships are fully funded by generous donations from IAMAT members.

The IAMAT Scholarship Fund

The IAMAT Scholarship Fund is the only one of its kind supporting doctors and nurses (from countries outside of North America, western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand) to study and train in travel medicine abroad. This unique program provides scholars with the knowledge and practice to become certified practitioners in travel medicine. Upon graduation, scholars return to their home country to lend their expertise in travel medicine clinical best practices and improve patient care and local healthcare standards.

How it helps travellers

After their training abroad, our scholars return home to teach their colleagues and expand the network of IAMAT-affiliated clinics around the world. They apply their new knowledge and the latest healthcare practices in their clinics, benefitting travellers and local patients alike.

Scholars learn

Awarding scholarships since 2002

We have awarded over 30 scholarships since the Scholarship Fund was created in 2002. Thanks to the generous donations from IAMAT members, doctors and nurses currently have the opportunity to train at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and with the South African Society of Travel Medicine. Past scholars have trained at the University of Seattle, the Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Travel Clinic, Hainan Medical University, and the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Our scholars are now leaders in the field and have helped advance travel medicine in their country. Many have become directors of their clinics while others have introduced travel medicine in their practice. We are very proud of our scholars. They are passionate about travel medicine and dedicated to travellers like you.

See  what IAMAT scholars say about their training sponsored by IAMAT members. Don't forget to subscribe to our Blog for the latest news.

Current Scholars

We currently offer 2 travel medicine scholarships.

The IAMAT Violet Williams Travel Medicine Scholarship

The IAMAT Violet Williams Travel Medicine Scholarship is awarded to one nurse from Kenya. The scholar attends a 5-day travel medicine course offered by the South African Society of Travel Medicine and participates in 3 days of clinical observation at the Travel Doctor clinic in Johannesburg.

Course dates: May 6-10, 2020
Clinical observation dates: May 11-13, 2020

Application deadline: December 31, 2019

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The IAMAT Stella & George Bryant Travel Medicine Scholarship

The IAMAT Stella & George Bryant Travel Medicine Scholarship is awarded to one doctor or nurse from an African country.

The scholar attends a 5-day travel medicine course offered by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. For 5 days before the course, scholars 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.

Course dates:  November 4-8, 2019
Clinical observation dates: October 28 - November 1, 2019

Applications for the 2019 course are now closed.

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Sponsor an IAMAT scholar

IAMAT members make a difference in the lives of our scholars and their patients. Whether you are travelling or not, you can sponsor a scholar to make sure that more doctors and nurses get the training they need to practice travel medicine.

Thanks to their training, IAMAT scholars improve medical care in their clinics, benefitting local patients and travellers.

Donate to the IAMAT Scholarship Fund or plan a Legacy Gift.

IAMAT travel medicine lectureship grants

We also sponsor the Dr. Vincenzo Marcolongo Memorial Lecture held at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTM&H) Annual Meetings. Since 1990, we are proud to provide lectureship grants to a distinguished researcher or clinician to present on topics of travel medicine and global health, with the goal of expanding knowledge and best practices in the field.

See the complete list of the Marcolongo Lectures

Last reviewed and updated: November 26, 2019

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