Scholarships for physicians in developing countries

Categories: Education.

The Developing Countries Scholarship Fund was established to provide access to quality education for physicians who reside in developing countries by helping them attend the AAHPM and HPNA Annual Assembly.

This scholarship program provides financial support (up to $5,000) to physicians to help them access the latest clinical information and research updates in hospice and palliative care from leading experts in the field.

This scholarship program is intended to facilitate Annual Assembly participation and cover ordinary costs associated with meeting registration, travel-related expenses (airfare, cab fare, meals), and lodging.

Dr Christian Ntizimira, past recipient of the scholarship, said:”AAHPM 2013 was an amazing conference and I felt honored to meet all leaders in hospice and palliative care in the world. I felt like a seed in a fertile soil because it’s not about what it is, it’s about what it can become.”

Dr Eddie Mwebesa, another past recipient said: “I remain eternally grateful to AAHPM for the initiative to reach out to developing countries through a scholarship. We would have great difficulty attending and sharing at such international meetings. 

“The bridges and networks we build are valuable for the progress of professionals, and they open the world up for us who are in the formative stages of a career in palliative care. Offering membership to the AAHPM means that the recipient stays in touch and with the regular updates and newsletters we receive it means we continue to receive and pass along even long after the Assembly itself ends.”


Scholarships are available to physicians who care for seriously ill patients and permanently reside and practice in a developing country. It is our hope that the scholarship recipients will share the knowledge gleaned from the Annual Assembly to improve the palliative care offerings in their home country. Preference will be given to applicants who are

  • members of the AAHPM. Free online membership is available to physicians who reside in a developing nation as defined by the World Bank as “lower or middle income” & HINARI list of eligible countries
  • have not previously attended the Annual Assembly
  • are junior in their career; and
  • whose organizations are considered least able to afford this opportunity.


The scholarship application period is now open.

Applications are due August 3, 2015. Having trouble? Access the Word application.

Scholarship recipients will be asked to participate in a discussion forum during the Annual Assembly to share the practice of hospice and palliative medicine in their country and will also be required to submit a written report describing how their attendance at the Annual Assembly benefited their work. Scholarship recipients will be required to secure their own visa. Applicants will receive notification from AAHPM confirming their application has been received.

Contact Jen Bose at +01 847 375 3688 or with any questions.

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