The BHIVA/Gilead International Exchange Fellowships are new awards supported by Gilead Sciences and administered by BHIVA. Three fellowships are available up to a maximum of £4000 per award. One of the aims of the programme is to support the development of new links between BHIVA and institutions in low or middle income countries (LMIC)1 and therefore applications that propose new links will be prioritised. It is the hope that new links or collaborations between institutions in the UK and in LMICs will lead to ongoing supportive links focused on training and education. Further funding may need to be sought should future direct mentorship or travel exchanges be undertaken and BHIVA may offer non-financial support from the BHIVA International Working Partnerships Working Group (IPWG) in seeking such funding from external bodies.
Applicants should have identified a partner institution outside of the UK in a LMIC and should propose an exchange programme that supports an identified training or education need or possible research collaboration. Clinical care should NOT be provided either in the exchange country by the UK award winner(s) or by the exchange participant while visiting the UK. Good justification must be provided to the suitability of the partnership, what can be offered by the host (UK) and exchange (overseas) organisations to match the proposal, and why a link to that institution would be of value to BHIVA.
Accommodation, visa, and economy travel costs for UK partners to travel to identified exchange countries, as well as reciprocal visit costs to the UK, should be met within the maximum £4000 award. Subsistence is not covered. There is no limit to the number of people who may participate but costs must not exceed £4000. These awards are not limited to doctors but host applicants must be BHIVA members and paid up for the 2019 membership year. It is expected that successful overseas exchange partners will become BHIVA international members. Doctors and other professionals in training must have a nominated senior (consultant) supervisor although they do not need to participate in travel associated with the exchange. It is expected that visits from exchange partners to the UK would be aligned with either one of the BHIVA spring or autumn conferences so that delegates may attend the conference. One international delegate per award may have their conference registration costs met by BHIVA (above and beyond the maximum award amount). Accommodation and subsistence costs for the conference are not covered by BHIVA and must be accounted for within the application, or funded by the exchange partner.
Following the application round at the end of 2019, BHIVA still has funding to award up to two of these fellowships. There is a maximum of £4000 per award. A second round is now open and all BHIVA members are invited to apply.
Examples of previously successful exchanges can be found here.
One of the aims of the programme is to support the development of new links between BHIVA and institutions in low- or middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank) and, therefore, applications that propose new links will be prioritised. It is the hope that new links or collaborations between institutions in the UK and in LMICs will lead to ongoing supportive links focused on training and education. Further funding may need to be sought should future direct mentorship or travel exchanges be undertaken. BHIVA may offer non-financial support from the BHIVA International Working Partnerships Working Group in seeking such funding from external bodies.
If you require further information, or wish to discuss a potential application, please contact the Chair of the BHIVA International Partnerships Working Group, Dr Douglas Fink.
Awardees in 2019 were:
Dr Ffion Carlin, Mortimer Market Centre - ‘Ending the HIV epidemic: shared experiences around capacity building, innovative care delivery and increased health surveillance focused on improving care pathways for key populations at risk of HIV in both the UK and Ukraine in the post SARS-CoV-2 era’
Dr Harriet Daultrey, Brighton and Sussex University Hospital - ‘An opportunity to explore and compare the methods used for diagnosing and managing diabetes in people living with HIV in Zambia and UK’
Awardees in 2018 were:
Dr Alastair Duncan, Kings/South Africa - Supporting healthy ageing in HIV
Dr Ewan Hunter, Newcastle-Kilimanjaro HIV Partnership
Dr Diarmuid Nugent, Enhancing care pathways for HIV prevention and sexual health care in men who have sex with men in Georgia
Dr Padmasayee Papineni, Vellore-London Exchange