Scholarships to the Eighteenth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control

IFIC invites applications for scholarships to the Eighteenth Congress of the International Federation of Infection Control (IFIC2018) to be held in Krakow, Poland,  from the 25 - 27 April 2018.

  • At least one scholarship will be granted, consisting of:
    • free registration to the conference
    • travel expenses (based on the cheapest economy itinerary) up to a maximum of EUR €1000
    • accommodation on bed and breakfast basis to cover the full duration of the conference.
  • In addition a number of smaller bursaries will also be awarded, covering:
    • free conference registration, with or without
    • accommodation on bed and breakfast basis to cover the full duration of the conference.

Scholarships will be granted against the presentation/submission of an abstract, which will be presented at the Conference as either a poster or an oral presentation.

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 ( 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.

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. 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 improvement in the prevention or control of healthcare associated infections in their institution or country. Successful applications invariably present information that other delegates will find useful to improve their own IPC practice.

Notification about acceptance or otherwise of the application will be sent to authors by 15 January 2018. This will be sent to the email address indicated for correspondence. The decision of the Scholarship Committee will be final.

CLOSING DATE FOR SUBMISSION IS 1st December, 2017. Submissions after this date will not be accepted.

An automatic acknowledgement of your application will be sent to you after submission; if you do not receive this acknowledgement, please inform the organisers on