Applications for 2022 Early Career Grant programme are now closed

The RSTMH Early Career Grant programme closed at 17:00 BST, 29 April 2022. Applicants should expect to hear from us over the next three months.

The RSTMH Early Career Grants Programme – formerly called the RSTMH Small Grants Programme – opened for applications at 9am (GMT) 1 February 2022. The programme is still for those early in their research careers, and for whom the grants represent an exciting and important opportunity.

Nothing else about the programme has changed and we hope the new name better reflects those awarded and the impact of the awards on the individual and their careers.

The Early Career Grants Programme 2022 is open for applications from early career researchers and global health professionals based anywhere in the world, who have not had research funding 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. RSTMH’s thematic priorities in its current strategy, plus other areas of health that are less well known are encouraged.

These are listed below:

  • Neglected tropical diseases, with a particular focus on their overlap with non-communicable Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), with a particular focus on their overlap 
    with Non-Communicable Diseases and the Sustainable Development Goals
  • Malaria, with a particular focus on drug resistance
  • One Health and wider planetary health. The consideration of human health alongside animal health and the environment, in the context of social, economic 
    and political factors
  • Topical issues including, but not limited to, emerging diseases 
  • Drug resistant infections
  • Snakebite
  • Mycetoma and other skin NTDs 
  • Co-morbidity and NCDs
  • Coronavirus
  • Climate change

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 2021 here.

We held a webinar for those who wished to learn more about the Early Career Grant application process on 24 February. The recording is available below.

If you have a question about the scope and content of your proposal, please email amelia [dot] fincham [at] RSTMH [dot] org and tamar [dot] ghosh [at] RSTMH [dot] org.

Who is eligible?

Anyone in their early research career from 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 and innovators to explore their ideas.

Only RSTMH members can receive the funding.

If successful, applicants who are not already members 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. 

We expect candidates not to have received a research grant 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


  • The International Trachoma Initiative (ITI) have agreed to fund up to six grants in 2022
  • The International Alliance for the Control of Scabies (IACS) will be funding one grant this year
  • Wellcome Trust will be funding up to 10 awards on snakebite envenoming in 2022
  • Hamish Ogston Foundation will be funding 20 grants. The grants are being awarded as part of the Hamish Ogston Foundation Platinum Jubilee Grants for early career health professional
  • Journal of Comparative Pathology Educational Trust is funding one RSTMH Early Career Grant in 2022

We will be announcing more partners working with us on the 2022 Early Career Grants programme in the coming weeks. 

You can read more about our 2022 grant partners here. 

Applying for funding

Applications open on 1 February 2022 at 9am GMT and close on 29 April at 17:00 BST

Online drop in sessions

We will also be hosting a Twitter Q&A on Thursday 14 April 12-1pm BST, where we will be responding to any questions you may have. To ask a question just tag @RSTMH and use the hashtag #AskRSTMH. 

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.

Application form guide

Guidance for applicants on the application form is below.

Share with your networks

If you are interested in sharing this grant funding opportunity within your own networks, please download the printable poster and flyer below. 

If you would like any other communications or marketing materials, please contact Alice [dot] Sharman [at] RSTMH [dot] org (subject: Early%20Career%20Grants%20funding%20-%20marketing%20request)

Early Career Grants Programme Applicant Guidance

On 24 February we held our Early Career Grants Programme Applicant Guidance Webinar which provided an opportunity to learn more about the purpose of our grants, the grant criteria and the application form.

RSTMH Chief Executive Tamar Ghosh, former Grants Manager Shrija Koiri, and previous grant recipient Dr. Adebiyi Adeniran discussed how to produce the applicant form and answered questions from potential applicants.

If you were unable to make the webinar, you can catch-up on the recording below.