The conference organizers are committed to making AIDS 2012 accessible to people from resource-limited settings and communities, researchers, young people, community activists and civil society representatives.
AIDS 2012 has selected more than 800 recipients of full and partial conference scholarships from a pool of more than 10,000 applications. Scholarship applications were reviewed by a nine-member Scholarship Review Committee that included representatives of the Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC) and the Community Programme Committee, Leadership and Accountability Programme Committee, and Scientific Programme Committee. The committee members oversaw the selection process, served as reviewers, and ensured that the CCC’s overarching scholarship criteria were met.
Priority was given to those whose participation will help enhance their work in their own communities, to those who are able to assist in the transfer of skills and knowledge acquired at the conference, and to those whose abstract, workshop or programme activity (Global Village or Youth Programme) submission were selected. Scholarship applications linked to an abstract, programme activity or workshop were judged based on the quality of the activity itself, whereas all other fully completed applications were scored by two reviewers using a confidential, blind scoring system and the highest scoring applications were awarded a scholarship. At the direction of the CCC, the scoring process gave priority to people living with HIV, people from resource-limited settings and communities, researchers, young people, women, community activists and civil society representatives.
International and Media Scholarship Programme
The International Scholarship Programme was open to everyone around the world. Priority was given to those whose participation will help enhance their work in their own communities, to those who are able to assist in the transfer of skills and knowledge acquired at the conference, and to those whose abstract, workshop or programme activity (Global Village or Youth Programme) submission was selected.
A very limited number of scholarships were awarded to media representatives from around the world.
Applying for an International or Media Scholarship
Scholarship applications are now closed.
Scholarship applications were accepted from 8 December 2011 to 15 February 2012. All scholarship applicants were notified of their application status in April 2012.
Types of Support
Scholarship applicants were able to request a full or partial scholarship through an online application system.
A full scholarship includes:
- Registration fee for the conference (includes access to all sessions and exhibitions);
- Travel (pre-paid airfare or ground travel at the lowest fare available, from the nearest international airport or station);
- Accommodation (shared in dormitory rooms for the days of the conference);
- Modest daily living allowance for the duration of the conference (22-27 July 2012, USD 55 per day).
A partial scholarship includes any combination of the above.
Applications were open to anyone working in the field of HIV. All applications were made on the same online, profile-linked application form, available in English and Spanish.
Most of the questions asked on the application form were related to personal details and work experience. There were also essay questions which asked for further details regarding the applicant’s organization, occupation or involvement in the field of HIV, motivation to attend the conference and how the applicant’s organization or community would benefit from the scholarship.
International scholarship applicants were asked to submit a letter of recommendation after completing the scholarship application. No international application was accepted without submission of the letter of recommendation.
Abstract presenters, workshop facilitators and programme activity organizers were also asked to link the application to the submitted abstract(s), workshop(s) and programme activity(ies). Instructions on how to do this were detailed within the application.
Media scholarship applicants were asked to provide media accreditation and supporting documents, along with the letter of recommendation. No media application was accepted without submission of the required supporting documents.
Overview of AIDS 2012 Scholarship Statistics
More than 10,000 applications were received from 181 countries, from all realms of the field of HIV.
More than 800 recipients of full and partial conference scholarships were awarded from the pool of applicants based on recommendations and criteria established by the AIDS 2012 Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC), the Scientific Programme Committee (SPC), and the Workshop and Programme Activities Working Groups. The CCC charged a Scholarship Review Committee with overseeing the selection process and the overall distribution. We would like to thank the members of these committees and working groups who helped shape the scholarship programmes.
The majority of scholarships were offered to delegates who would directly contribute to the conference programme through an abstract, a programme activity (Global Village or Youth Programme) or workshop. A small number of media representatives were also funded to attend both the conference and a pre-conference briefing. In addition to these groups, priority was given to women, PLHIV, people from key affected populations, young people, students and community representatives.
The following is a breakdown of how the scholarship budget was allocated.
For a breakdown of scholarships by gender, age and HIV status click here
Funding for the AIDS 2012 Scholarship Programmes has been kindly provided by: Broadway Cares / Equity Fights AIDS (BC/EFA); Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA); the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS (DIFFA); the Ford Foundation; Kaiser Permanente; MAC AIDS Fund; the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID); TD Bank Financial Group; the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH); ViiV Healthcare; and Wolters Kluwer Health. The conference organizers would like to thank these organizations for their generous contribution to the programme.