The RSTMH Early Career Grants Programme provides grants every year to those early in their career, from anywhere in the world, to carry out their first piece of research into tropical medicine or global health. 

Our grants programme has been established for more than 40 years and has seen significant growth. Since 2017 we have given out more than 800 awards across 66 countries.

The 2024 RSTMH Early Career Grants Programme

Applications open: 22 January 2024 at 5pm (GMT)

Applications close: 22 April 2024 at 12pm (BST)

Who are the grants for: The RSTMH Early Career Grants are aimed at individuals who have not received a research grant of £5,000 or more in their own name before, who are able to develop and deliver their first research project

Where you are based: Applications  are welcomed from researchers from anywhere in the world

Grant amount: The maximum RSTMH Early Career Grant award is £5,000 (including any taxes on relevant purchases)

Duration of grant project: Project should take up to one year to be completed and should start within 3 months of receiving funding

Topic and scope: The projects can be on any topic related to tropical medicine and global health, from across the research spectrum for example: lab, translation, implementation, and policy

How many grants are available: This year we have at least 230 grants available  

Exclusive funding for RSTMH members

RSTMH is delighted to be directly funding a number of awards this year to existing RSTMH members. Find out more about RSTMH membership and its other benefits here.


This year we have secured funding for the programme from National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), The International Alliance for the Control of Scabies (IACS), and The Journal of Comparative Pathology Educational Trust (JCPET). This means we will be able to fund at least 230 awards, with a number of of those awards being exclusively for RSTMH members. We are hoping to announce additional partners working with us on the 2024 Early Career Grants Programme very soon, and will update this page one these are confirmed.

NIHR are funding at least 225 awardees who are based in and carrying out projects in LMIC’s, and whose projects carry out minimal laboratory-based work.

IACS are funding 2 awards, for projects focused on scabies based anywhere in the world. 

JCPET are funding 1 award for a project focused on One Health, based anywhere in the world.

 You can read about the partners for 2023 here. 

Applying for a grant

Before starting your application, please ensure that you have read the:

To apply for the 2024 RSTMH Early Career Grants Programme please click the button below. 

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RSTMH uses Submittable for grants applications. More information on how to use Submittable and register for an account can be found here.

You can view a PDF version of the application form below. Please note, all applications must be made through the Submittable platform. 

Guidance on applying: 2024

We have compiled a page of guidance that we will be adding to. 

Find it here.

Guidance webinar

On 20 March 2024, we will be hosting  a member-only session on applying for an RSTMH 2024 Early Career Grant . Find out more here.

On 20 February 2024, we hosted a guidance webinar for the 2024 RSTMH Early Career Grants Programme. You can watch a recording of the webinar below. You can also find a PDF version of the presentation slides below. 

RSTMH 2024 Early Career Grants Programme – guidance webinar for applicants