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Bursaries

To ensure diversity at SVRI Forum, the SVRI works hard to secure as much funding as possible to support the attendance of delegates, prioritising those from low-and-middle-income countries (LMIC). Bursaries are aimed at broadening the participation of under-represented regions and under-represented groups particularly those representing key and vulnerable populations, young people, new and emerging researchers and students from LMIC to help them attend the conference.

Bursaries are funding-dependent.

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Types of bursaries

Young Professionals Mentoring Programme (YPP)

SVRI Forum’s Young Professionals Programme provides young professionals from LMIC, to expand their knowledge and skills-base, and to network and engage with experts in a vibrant global space. With the help of this programme, we have seen many young professionals deliver high-quality presentations at the Forum and have seen growth in their personal and professional lives.

We have made friends for life. We are excited to meet again and travel together. We are staying in the mood! SVRI Forum was specific to topic and event. It was the best academic event I ever attended” – YPP mentee

“It’s not easy for young researchers to meet more senior researchers. The SVRI Young Professionals Programme provided this platform for me” – YPP mentee

SVRI first introduced this Programme at the SVRI Forum 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa, where four young professionals were mentored by experienced researchers to confidently and successfully deliver their presentations at the Forum. In 2017, the SVRI supported six young professionals to attend the SVRI Forum in Brazil, expanding the programme to include Spanish and Portuguese speaking mentors and mentees. The success of this mentoring model paved the way for the SVRI Forum Young Professionals Programme, which not only provides the opportunity for Young Professionals to present at an international event and to receive guidance on their presentations in the run up to the Forum this year, but also to participate in networking events to learn from experienced professionals at the conference.

“I was introduced to a researcher who I am now talking to about co-authoring a paper on Femicide. I’ve also received bibliography from a professor very knowledgeable and although I’m from Latin America, I’m considering applying to his Australian University” – YPP mentee

The SVRI uses our toolkit for ensuring the ethical and meaningful engagement of young people at international events to ensure young people’s rights are upheld during our events. Our toolkit is available online here. SVRI has also developed a set of principles to guide delegate’s behaviour at our events – for more information visit our Code of Conduct page.

Open bursaries

Full or partial bursaries may also become available. SVRI Forum Open Bursaries are highly competitive and priority is given to people from LMIC presenting at the SVRI Forum.

“A huge thank you to the SVRI committee for the honour and immense opportunity of the bursary. The organisation, atmosphere, knowledge/experience sharing were second to none. All sessions started punctually and were delivered to the highest level possible. It was a unique adventure which I hope to live again soon. I made wonderful friends and was able to place my research into a broader context of global health” – Bursary delegate


“Everyone in the bursary group were diverse and interesting and mostly young. It was easy to connect on many things and they were super nice. I made friends and had fun. It was great staying together, having breakfast together and practicing presentations together. Wish we could have seen each others’ presentations” – Bursary delegate

What is expected of bursary delegates?

When bursaries do become available, the SVRI has set expectations for bursary winners before and at the Forum to ensure the best experience as they attend the conference.

Before the SVRI Forum:

  • Bursary recipients must have valid travel documents and are responsible for obtaining appropriate travel approvals to attend the conference.
  • Bursary recipients may be held liable for any/all expense incurred if awardee does not attend the conference. Cancellations must be communicated one month before the event to avoid liability costs.
  • Priority will be given to applicants from low- and middle-income countries who will not be able to otherwise attend the Forum.

During the SVRI Forum:

  • Bursary recipients will be required to attend an opening meet and greet. More information will be provided by the SVRI.
  • Bursary recipients will be required to act as SVRI Forum Ambassadors through live tweeting of sessions, and sharing posts and photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. A social media plan will be shared prior to the event.
  • Bursary recipients will be asked to provide a blog post of their learning and experience at the SVRI Forum 2022 and provide a short-written summary of one or two parallel sessions at the Forum. SVRI will communicate directly with you in this regard.
  • Bursary recipients will receive Standards of Behaviour for the conference and will be expected to honour this.

How to apply

More information on possible bursaries and how to apply forthcoming. Please contact us at forums@svri.org for any queries.
Please join the SVRI Forum 2022 newsletter for updates on the Forum and available bursaries.

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