A new grant to launch in 2022 brings £100,000 support for Early Career Researchers

Update October 2023: Since the publication of this article, serious allegations have been made in the UK media regarding Hamish Ogston. As a result of this, LSHTM has decided to cease our association with the Hamish Ogston Foundation.   

LSHTM is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Hamish Ogston Foundation, which will be supporting at least 20 grants of up to £5,000 each for Early Career Researchers (ECRs) in the Queens Platinum Jubilee year 2022/23. The Hamish Ogston Foundation Platinum Jubilee Early Career Awards will support projects that have relevance and impact on one or more current or prospective Commonwealth Countries.

The Hamish Ogston Foundation has a proud history of supporting grants for ECRs. They are especially pleased to support researchers in the early stage of their careers, owing to it being a challenging time to obtain alternative financial support for research. They also support grants of equal size for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM), and the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (RSTMH).

Dr Michael Vaughan, Health Project Director at the Hamish Ogston Foundation said: “The Hamish Ogston Foundation is proud to work to eliminate disparities in both access to medical treatment and health awareness around the world. These Platinum Jubilee early career grants provide opportunity for the next generation of health professionals to gain invaluable experience in the research methods that they need to progress their careers.”

Professor David Mabey, who worked alongside the DARO team to secure the donation, said: “I have greatly enjoyed discussing with Hamish Ogston and Dr Michael Vaughan how the Foundation can constructively engage with the most significant and pressing health challenges in the world today. We hope these grants are the starting point for continued support for LSHTM’s work training the next generation of health leaders and working to control or eliminate neglected tropical diseases.”

The grants will be distributed to research students affiliated with the LSHTM Doctoral College; and will be available to researchers across all faculties, as the Foundation are keen to support the full range of work undertaken at LSHTM. The Doctoral College will be contacting eligible researchers with more information on the fund and how to apply in late June.

Across the course of the year, we hope to be able to share several stories, blogs, photos and reports from those researchers who receive grants.