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SVRI Young Professionals Programme in South Africa 2019

The Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) invites applications for the Young Professionals Programme for SVRI Forum 2019 – their 6th international conference in South Africa.

The SVRI Forum Young Professionals Programme provides the opportunity for young professionals from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC), to expand their knowledge and skills-base, and to network and engage with experts in a vibrant global space.

The goal of the Young Professionals Programme is to support, nurture and guide Young Professionals who have had an abstract accepted for presentation at the SVRI Forum 2019 in the process of developing their presentations for the conference. Mentors are experienced professionals who will support young professionals to confidently deliver their presentations through a two-month process of developing and refining their presentation and to receive guidance on public speaking where necessary. Mentoring happens online via email and where mentors and young professionals agree, Skype or any other type of video/voice calling may be used.

Award Value

A bursary may cover all or some of the following:

  • The registration fee for the conference (includes access to all sessions and exhibitions excluding pre-conference workshops);
  • Travel (pre-paid airfare at the lowest fare available, from the nearest international airport);
  • Accommodation close to the Cape Town Convention Centre;
  • Modest daily living allowance of R120 per day for the duration of the conference (22-24 October).


  • Applicants are 30 years of age or younger.
  • Applications from low- and middle-income countries are eligible to apply.
  • Applicants have submitted an abstract for SVRI Forum 2019.
  • Applicants should preferably have published in grey or peer-reviewed literature, blogs, newspaper articles or articles/written pieces on social media.
  • Applicants are encouraged to become members of the SVRI.
  • Applicants have not taken part in a previous SVRI Forum “Abstract Mentoring Programme” or received an open bursary in the past to attend the SVRI Forum.

Application Procedure

Kindly fill out the online submission by the deadline. Submissions must be made online. The online submission will require you to either upload and/or provide the following information:

  • A two-page CV (download template)
  • One support letter from your organization or institution where you are presently working or studying.
  • In no more than one page or 500 words, please motivate:
  • Why you should be considered for the Young Professionals Programme. Please give a short description of how attendance at the conference could build your networks; advance your career; and advance your knowledge or research in the area of violence against women, violence against children and other forms of violence driven by gender inequalities.

Applications Deadline: March 25, 2019.

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