Stephen Lawn TB-HIV Research Leadership Prize 2024

Established in 2016 to acknowledge emerging researchers conducting promising work focused on reducing the disease burden of TB and HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Nominations open until 1 September 2024
Professor Stephen Lawn

The Stephen Lawn Memorial Fund was established in 2016 through a global partnership between the TB Centre of the London, School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (UK), the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in University of  Cape Town, South Africa and The Union, and is also supported by The Lancet.

The Research Leadership Prize, as part of the Fund, is for innovative research on tuberculosis and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, and acknowledges researchers and upcoming leaders conducting promising work focused on reducing the disease burden of TB and HIV/AIDS in Africa. The Prize will be presented annually at the Union World Conference on Lung Health and consists of:

  • An award of GBP 1,000 and a certificate
  • A profile/news item published by The Lancet
  • An invitation to attend the Stephen Lawn Memorial Lecture in March of the next year (alternating London and Cape Town) with an opportunity to present their work in a seminar, and network with colleagues

Nominees for The Stephen Lawn TB-HIV Research Prize will be clinicians and/or researchers from any country who have completed post-graduate training (MPH, PhD, MD or post-doc) no longer than five years ago and who have successfully undertaken innovative research that is expected to impact on TB / HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. Results of this research may be published OR unpublished.

Application form

Selection criteria

The Stephen Lawn TB/HIV Research Leadership Prize will be administered by the LSHTM TB Centre. The global honoree will be selected by a panel of leading experts organised by the LSHTM TB Centre and the above partner organisations. Nominees will be assessed on:

  • The innovative component of their research as well as its scientific rigor and quality
  • The potential impact of their work on TB-HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • The extent to which the award might contribute to furthering the applicant's work and leadership in the fight against TB-HIV

Nomination and award process

Nominations for The Stephen Lawn TB/HIV Research Prize 2024 are now open, and should be made using the application form, to The submission deadline is Sunday 1st September 2024. Announcement of the winner will be prior to the Union World Conference in October, where the prize will be awarded. The winner will also be invited to the Stephen Lawn Memorial lecture in the following March.

The Stephen Lawn Memorial Fund for TB and AIDS Research Leadership has been established to commemorate the life and work of Professor Stephen Lawn. This will support a Lecture, to be given annually around the time of World TB Day in London and Cape Town by a leading TB researcher, as well as a monetary prize for an upcoming researcher conducting promising work focused on reducing the disease burden of TB and HIV/AIDS in Africa. The lecture and prize will be jointly managed by LSHTM’s TB Centre, the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre in Cape Town, and the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease in Paris, in partnership with The Lancet.

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