Emerging Leaders Award

Nominations next open in 2022.

The Emerging Leaders Award recognises significant contributions in leadership and service, including mentoring and other forms of capacity building, to the fields of tropical medicine and global health.

The Award is specifically for those who are at the early stages of their careers.  

Eligibility and nominations

Nominations next open in 2022.   

  • Nominations are annual
  • Nominees should be early career investigators from and based in low- and middle-income countries. For the purpose of this award, we define “early career” as a maximum of 10 years’ active employment post-training, discounting career breaks
  • Nominees will have made a significant contribution to leadership, including mentorship and capacity building of others
  • Nominations should come from RSTMH members and Fellows ONLY 
  • Nominees should be RSTMH members ONLY
  • Self-nomination, with a supporting statement from another RSTMH member or Fellow is permitted
  • Nominations must demonstrate a significant contribution in leadership and service, including mentorship and capacity building
     

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History and prize

The award was established in 2016 to recognise significant contributions in leadership and service, including mentoring and other forms of capacity building, to the fields of tropical medicine and global health.

The award comprises:

  • A £5,000 personal cash prize
  • A certificate
  • Access to mentorship through the RSTMH Board of Trustees and wider network
  • A platform to give a keynote speech at an RSTMH scientific meeting.

2021 Emerging Leaders Award recipient: Peter Macharia

Peter is a postdoc in spatial epidemiology at the Centre for Health Informatics, Computing, and Statistics (CHICAS), Lancaster University, UK and KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme (KWTRP) within the Population Health Unit (PHU), Kenya.

He is currently working to develop geostatistical methods of mapping disease prevalence in presence of incomplete spatial information using school survey data with Dr Emanuele Giorgi, Prof Bob Snow, Dr Emelda Okiro and other collaborators.

It is an honour to receive the award which I dedicate to all who are fighting to reduce health inequities at all spatial scales in low resource settings

Peter Macharia

He is interested in spatial health metrics to aid in a better understanding of health inequalities, vulnerabilities, and population health through the use of conditional autoregressive and geostatistical models. He also maps physical access, marginalisation, and vulnerability indices.

Peter has published broadly in spatial epidemiology journals. He received his PhD in spatial epidemiology from The Open University, the UK in collaboration with KWTRP, Master's in GIS & remote sensing from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya.

He has a postgraduate diploma in health research methods from Pwani University and a BSc in Geomatic Engineering & GIS from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya.