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ACIPC International Conference Scholarship – Pacific Region

Applications for the 2024 Conference being held in Melbourne will open soon

The Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC) recognises that colleagues from countries and territories throughout Australasia are sometimes unable to attend scientific conferences due to funding restrictions. The ACIPC International Conference Scholarship – Pacific Region provides financial support for two infection prevention and control (IPC) professionals working in a low-middle income country or territory throughout the Australasian region to travel to attend the annual ACIPC International Conference.

Attending the Annual ACIPC International Conference will allow the winners to acquire, develop and maintain knowledge and skills in infection prevention and control. Attending the conference also provides an opportunity for networking with colleagues working in IPC.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must:

  • be a health professional working in the field of infection prevention and control
  • be able to understand and speak English fluently
  • not have received the ACIPC International Conference Scholarship within the last 5 years

Applicants must be a resident of the following countries or territories:

  • Cocos-Keeling Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Fiji
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • French Polynesia
  • Kiribati
  • Nauru
  • New Caledonia
  • Niue
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Marshall
  • Solomon Islands
  • Tokelau
  • Tonga
  • Tuvalu
  • Vanuatu
  • Wallis & Futuna
  • Samoa

Application Process and Selection Criteria

Applications can be submitted electronically via the link at the top of this page.

Applicants will be required to complete the online form and upload the following:

  • A covering letter discussing:
    • your current IPC role
    • how attending the conference will benefit your IPC role
    • how you will be able to disseminate learnings from the conference to a wider group, for example through networking, research, study tour, mentorship etc. (Maximum two A4 pages)
  • A current, brief curriculum vitae highlighting your infection prevention and control experience (Maximum two A4 pages)
  • A letter from your employer stating they support you traveling to Australia to attend the conference (Maximum two A4 pages)

Sponsorship applications will close on Friday 30 August 2024.

Scholarship Terms and Conditions

  • The scholarship is awarded to two residents of a country or territory as listed
  • Applications are reviewed by the Research, Grants & Scholarships Committee
  • The decision of the Board is final
  • The scholarship is not open to people being funded through another grant or scholarship, such as AUSAID
  • All applications are self-nominated to be completed by the applicant
  • The scholarship is awarded for the current year only and cannot be transferred

Scholarship Inclusions

The value of the scholarship is AUD$6,000 including:

  • Return economy airfare from your capital to the conference city
  • Airport transfers to/from your accommodation
  • Five nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner for five nights
  • Complimentary conference registration including attendance at a pre-conference workshop
  • Complimentary conference social events

Scholarship Winners

The successful scholarship winners will be advised by the ACIPC office.

The ACIPC office will arrange:

  • Return economy airfare from your capital to the conference city
  • Airport transfers
  • Five nights accommodation
  • Breakfast and dinner at your hotel
  • Complimentary conference registration including attendance at a pre-conference workshop
  • Complimentary conference social events
  • A certificate of attendance as a scholarship award winner

You will need to arrange:

Site Visits

If you wish to organise a visit to a local health care facility during your visit, please request this via the  Research, Grants and Scholarship Committee. Approval for a visit will depend on access rules in place for local hospitals and healthcare facilities.