The International AIDS Society (IAS) offers the AIDS 2021 scholarship programme to support delegates to participate in the conference.

The IAS Scientific and Media Scholarship Programmes are key components of the conference as they significantly impact the participation of individuals from resource-limited settings at the conference, and in turn contribute to the global educational impact of the conference.

Worth of Award

  • The Scholarship Programmes provides full registration to eligible and qualified applicants.
  • The programme supports individuals who contribute to the conference programme, along with applicants who are able to demonstrate that they will transfer the skills and knowledge acquired at the conference to the work they undertake in their own organizations and communities.
  • Additionally, the Media Scholars will be able to participate to the IAS 2021 Journalist Fellowship programme that will be conducted virtually, and will feature live and recorded online training with leading HIV treatment, care and prevention research and implementation experts.
  • The programme will include special resources for Journalist Fellows, dedicated access to conference chairs and other key speakers as well as special online briefings throughout the conference.


The  Scholarship Programme is open to anyone around the world working or volunteering in the field of HIV and who is at least 18  years old at the time of the conference. Priority will be given to:

  • Abstract presenters
  • Those whose participation will help enhance their work in their own communities
  • Those who are able to assist in the transfer of skills and knowledge acquired at the conference
  • Delegates from lower-income countries
  • Delegates who belong to key populations including people living with HIV.
  • Therefore, community representatives, healthcare workers, junior investigators and media representatives from resource-limited settings can apply for a registration waiver for IAS 2021.
  • Please note, only a limited number of scholarships is available and applicants are therefore strongly encouraged to also seek other sources of funding.
  • An IAS 2021 Scholarship Working Group, composed of international advisors is guiding this programme process and will help review and score scholarship applications.
  • Media scholarship applicants will be asked to provide media accreditation and supporting documents such as samples of their work and a letter from their editor.

How to Apply

The application process is entirely free.

  • Applications via email are not accepted.
  • Your conference profile must be complete before you start a scholarship application.

Conference Scholarship

  • General delegates and abstract presenters who wish to request financial support to attend need to submit a scholarship application form and a letter of recommendation from a manager, colleague or peer.

Media scholarship

  • If you are a media representative, you must complete the media scholarship application form and submit three samples of your work, as well as a letter from your editor by the deadline
  • Once an application is submitted, the applicant receives a confirmation email containing the scholarship application number.

Deadline: You can submit your scientific or media scholarship application through the IAS 2021 conference profile from 15 January until February 26,  2021, 23:59 CET. All applicants will be notified about the status of their application early May 2021.


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