The following are some frequently asked questions about the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.

If you cannot find an answer to your question, please email Claire Coveney at claire.coveney@rstmh.org.


Am I eligible for membership?

Currently RSTMH membership is available to individuals who work in or are interested in tropical medicine or global health and is a widely recognised mark of commitment to the sector.

Our members are at all stages of their careers working in a wide range of disciplines.

A one-year subscription starts at £80 and we offer discounts to those working in low- and middle-income countries, full-time students and early careers. A full breakdown of rates can be found here.

How will I receive my membership?

You will receive your membership confirmation and number via email. We do not send individual membership numbers through the post.

How long does my membership last?

The membership year runs from the last day of the month from when the subscription is processed.

So, if a payment for a one-year membership is processed on 15 October, the renewal will be due on 31 October the following year.

How do I find out my membership number?

Your membership number will be emailed to you when you become a member and every time you renew. You can also contact our Membership Manager, Claire Coveney who will be able to give it to you.

What do I do if my contact details change?

You can either update them via your online account, or alternatively contact our Membership Manager Claire Coveney and she can update them on your behalf.

What is the difference between Fellowship and membership?

In terms of benefits and privileges, there are no differences between Fellows and members. Members used to be called Fellows when new members needed to be nominated to the Society.

In recent years, RSTMH has removed the need for new members to be nominated by existing members. This helps to ensure that the Society is as inclusive as possible, allowing students and people in the early stages of their careers to join RSTMH, as well people from a variety of sectors and disciplines.

If you wish to change the way you pay for your membership or your membership subscription, or have any other queries regarding membership, please contact our Membership Manager Claire Coveney at claire.coveney@rstmh.org.


What types of grants does RSTMH offer?

RSTMH offers small grants of up to £5,000 for research to be carried out in tropical medicine or global health. These are designed to be as straightforward as possible.

They are seed funding grants and so ideally provide the opportunity to test out initial ideas and theories.

Who can apply?

Researchers and professionals early in their careers, based anywhere in the world. Anyone can apply but we ask for awardees to be members of RSTMH, as we like to establish a relationship with recipients and support to them in other ways.

How do I apply?

Sign up to the RSTMH newsletter to find out when and how to apply for small grants. They normally open in January or February and are awarded in May or June, though this timing is being reviewed.

Do you offer travel grants to attend non-RSTMH events?

We offer travel scholarships a few times a year. These are prioritised for RSTMH meetings and for early career researchers and professionals.

They are also prioritised, but not exclusive, to RSTMH members 

Do you offer grants for masters/university courses?

No, we do not provide grants for education currently, but we try to highlight these opportunities when we see them, in our newsletter.


How do I access the journals?

RSTMH members get access to both journals, International Health and Transactions, as part of their membership benefits. To access the journals, please log into your account on the RSTMH website and then click the journals link.

How do I submit my research to the journals?

RSTMH publishes two journals, International Health and Transactions. Each journal has its own submission site, which can be accessed by clicking on ‘Submit’ in the menu bar on the journal website.

Please check the author guidelines to ensure your paper fits the journal scope and has been formatted correctly before you submit.

RSTMH authors have the option to publish their paper as open access, under the Oxford Open initiative. After your manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author will be asked if they would like to pay for open access.

If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged. If you do select the open access option, you will need to pay an article processing charge; these charges are listed on the journal websites.

What are the publication charges?

There is no charge for publishing in RSTMH’s journals unless you would like your article to be open access. If you would like to take up this option, the article processing charges can be found on the journal websites. These vary depending on the article type and which Creative Commons licence you would like to publish under.

We offer free or discounted rates to developing countries, based on the Hinari list.

If you have any specific queries, please contact our Managing Editor, Emma Williams at emma.williams@rstmh.org


What events do you have taking place; how do I find out about them?

RSTMH run a varied programme of events throughout the year. This includes events for early career researchers, a two-day annual conference and one-off lectures and networking events. Events are announced through our fortnightly newsletter and are posted on the events page.

How much do your events cost?

Cost varies depending on the event. We offer tiered pricing for RSTMH members, students and those who are retired. Please see individual event listings for more information.

How do I pay for an event?

Booking is done online using a credit or debit card. Alternatively, you can request an invoice by emailing adriana.thursby@rstmh.org with your purchase order number, the event name and the attendee name.

Do you offer letters of invitation for visa applications for your UK events?

Yes, please contact amelia.fincham@rstmh.org for a form to start this process.

Do you offer travel grants for events?

We offer grants for RSTMH events such as research in progress and our annual meeting. We are currently reviewing our grants for 2019/2020 and will be posting information shortly.

How can I sponsor your event?

We are always looking for sponsors for our events and have different options available. Please email adriana.thursby@rstmh.org for details.