IFIC 2017 scholarship application

IFIC was formally funded in 1987, when a discussion between IC practitioners around the globe had highlighted the need to have an international gathering of specialists, to exchange knowledge, information, and to offer mutual support. For many years the annual meetings of the Infection Prevention Society of the UK (IPS) and the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC ) in the US attracted infection control professionals from around the world. These meetings were found to be valuable for making international contacts and ultimately interest developed for formalizing such contacts. As a result of networking between infection control professionals from the UK, the US, Canada, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands, an international conference entitled The Role of the Infection Control Nurse in the Surveillance, Prevention, and Control of Hospital Associated Infections was held in 1978 at the European office of the World Health Organization in Copenhagen, Denmark.



At the close of the conference, the consensus was reached for establishing a multi-disciplinary, international association for the control of hospital-associated infections. This was the major first step toward the establishment of the International Federation of Infection Control. IFIC was officially inaugurated as a multidisciplinary organization in 1987.


Applications are now being accepted for scholarships to the Seventeenth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control.



IFIC invites applications for scholarships to the Seventeenth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC2017) to be held in conjunction with APECIH in Sao Paolo, Brazil from the 27 – 30 September 2017.
At least one main award will be granted, consisting of:
• free registration to the conference
• travel expenses (against receipts), based on the cheapest economy itinerary to Sao Paolo (up to a maximum of $1200)
• Subsistence allowance of $500.
A number of smaller bursaries may also usually award, covering:
• free conference registration
• with or without a subsistence allowance of $500
Following their congress participation, all scholarship recipients will have the possibility of presenting a write-up of their paper/poster (at least 1500 words in English) to the International Journal of Infection Control (www.ijic.info). If it is deemed to be satisfactory for publication, an additional award of $200 will be made once the paper has been published in the journal. Submission of the manuscript must be done within 6 months from the date of the scholarship notification.
The abstract must be directly related to infection prevention & control (IPC) rather than infectious diseases/therapeutics/diagnostic microbiology and would ideally be equally applicable to both high-income countries as well as those with limited resources. Successful applications invariably present information that other delegates will find useful to improve their own IPC practice. Abstracts can either be of the conventional “Research” style or alternatively follow a “How we did it” format, describing how infection control practitioners or teams tackled a specific IPC challenge or brought about the improvement in the prevention or control of healthcare associated infections in their institution or country.
By mid-May 2017, the presenting author of each application will be informed by email whether his/her application has been accepted. This will send to the email address indicated in correspondence. The decision of the Scholarship Committee will be final.


15 MARCH 2017 at 11.00pm (CET).
Submissions after this date will not be accepted. An acknowledgment of your application will be received after submission; for interested candidates please click Here 

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