Applications for the 2023 Early Career Grants Programme will open on 1 February 2023.

This page will be updated to reflect the 2023 Early Career Grants Programme nearer the time.

The 2023 Early Career Grants Programme is open for applications from early career researchers and global health professionals based anywhere in the world, who have not had research funding of £5,000 or more in their own name before.

They can apply for a grant of up to £5,000 (GBP) to deliver a project over one year. The projects can be on any topic related to tropical medicine and global health, from across the research spectrum of lab, translation, implementation and policy.

Applications can be on any area of tropical medicine or global health.

The maximum RSTMH Early Career Grant award is £5,000 (including any taxes on relevant purchases) and for up to one year in duration.

See the grants awarded in 2022 here and read a summary of the grant awardees here.

We are holding a webinar for those who want to learn more about the Early Career Grant application process at 10:00AM, 15 February 2022. You can register for the webinar here.

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, please email info [at] rstmh [dot] org.

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Who is eligible?

Anyone early in their research career with any nationality based anywhere in the world can apply. The overall aim of the Programme is to encourage and inspire the next generation of global health leaders, innovators and professionals by providing the opportunity for them to carry out projects which could improve tropical medicine or global health.

Only RSTMH members can receive the funding, but anyone can apply.

If successful, applicants who are not already members of RSTMH will have their membership funded by one of our partners, or RSTMH will deduct it from their award.

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What do you define as “early career”?

To ensure equity and fairness of opportunity, RSTMH does not use a definition focused on specific roles, qualifications held, or age. Instead it chooses to supply guidance around the profile of applicant that may be suitable for an Early Career Grant. 

Candidates should not have received a research grant of £5,000 or more in their own name before. They should be to be able to:

  • Carry out research under supervision
  • Have the ambition to develop knowledge of research methodologies and discipline
  • Have demonstrated a good understanding of a field of study
  • Demonstrate the ability to produce data under supervision
  • Use critical analysis, evaluation and be able to synthesise new and complex ideas
  • Competently explain the outcome of their research and value thereof to colleagues


We are currently finalising the partners for the 2023 Early Career Grants programme. 

You can read about the partners for 2022 here. 

We will be announcing the partners working with us on the 2023 Early Career Grants Programme here, in the coming weeks. 

Applying for funding

Applications open on 1 February 2023 at 09:00AM GMT and close on 28 April at 09:00AM BST.

Guidance on applying

We are hosting a webinar open for all to hear more about the Programme and application process at 10:00AM - 11:00AM GMT, 15 February 2023. Please register for the webinar here.

We are planning a series of more detailed online sessions on aspects of the application form for RSTMH members in February and March. These will include developing a research question, forming a budget, selecting the best methodology, determining realistic outcomes. Information about these sessions will be updated here in the coming weeks.

The application guidance webinar that we ran in 2022 was recorded and is available on YouTube here.

Frequently asked questions

If you have any questions about the process, please take a look below.

Terms and Conditions

Our Terms and Conditions for awarded grants are below.