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Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2011 Sep;85(3):409-13. doi: 10.4269/ajtmh.2011.11-0323.

Review and assessment of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene travel awards program, 1991-2010.

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  • 1Galveston National Laboratory, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas, USA.


During 1991-2010, 456 persons from 62 countries were provided financial support to attend the annual meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. Winners came from 17 African, 16 Asia-Pacific, 14 Latin American and Caribbean, and 13 European and Middle Eastern countries, and from Canada and the United States. Virtually equal numbers of awards were offered to women and men. Winners were selected from U.S. academic centers (30%), foreign universities (26%), international centers, institutes or research units (30%), and approximately 5% from U.S. government agencies. Almost all winners (73 of 76, 96%) had scientific publications subsequent to receiving the travel award. Less than 10% of award winners continued their membership in the Society after their one-year complementary membership. Winners indicated that the travel awards program facilitated international exchange and fostered collaborations between Society members and international scientists.

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