IAMAT |International Association of Medical Assistance to Travellers| IAMAT |International Association of Medical Assistance to Travellers|
55th Year - Going Confidently for 55 years
55th Year - Going Confidently for 55 years


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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 and lectureship grants to healthcare practitioners from developing countries. The scholarships and lectureships are fully funded by the generous voluntary contributions from IAMAT members.

The IAMAT Scholarship Fund

The IAMAT Scholarship Fund is the only one of its kind supporting doctors and nurses from low income areas – typically popular tourism destinations – 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, elevate local healthcare standards, teach their colleagues, and expand the network of IAMAT affiliated clinics around the world to benefit international travellers and local patients alike.

How it helps travellers

After their training abroad, our scholars return home to teach their colleagues. They apply their new knowledge and the latest healthcare practices in their clinics, benefiting travellers and local patients alike. Not only do they improve local health standards, they help us open more clinics for travellers.

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Awarding scholarships since 2002

We have awarded 23 scholarships since the scholarship fund was created in 2002. With the generous donations from IAMAT members doctors and nurses trained at the University of Seattle, the Kaiser Permanente Honolulu Travel Clinic, Hainan Medical University, and the South African Society of Travel Medicine.

The IAMAT Violet Williams Travel Medicine Scholarship

This full scholarship is given to a doctor or nurse from an African country. The successful recipient participates in a travel medicine course offered by the South African Society of Travel Medicine in Johannesburg.

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. The scholar must take an exam and a Certificate of Competence will be issued by the University of Witwatersrand upon successful completion of the course.

We are now accepting applications for 2016.

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Meet our Scholars

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. All this to help travellers and locals alike. We are very proud of our scholars and their ability to help 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.

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Sponsor an IAMAT scholar

IAMAT members make a difference in the lives of our scholars and their patients. You can sponsor a scholar to make sure that more doctors and nurses from low income areas get the training they need to practice travel medicine benefitting travellers and locals alike.

Even if you're not travelling, you can contribute to the IAMAT Scholarship Fund to support a doctor or nurse dedicated to helping travellers and improving local health conditions.

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 scientist or doctor 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

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