The International Association of Immunization Managers (IAIM) Training Scholarship Program is open to current immunization managers and professionals who hold an Immunization Manager or Immunization Professional Membership. The Training Scholarship Program will provide winning applicants with opportunities to enroll in trainings, short courses and seminars. Training Scholarship awards are intended to target critical competencies and skill sets that immunization managers deem important in order to improve the performance of their immunization program.
Training Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to select courses or trainings from eligible providers which will allow them to advance their management capacity and enable them to achieve higher levels of performance. Training scholarships will be awarded through a competitive application process. Training scholarships are intended exclusively for short courses or part-time trainings which do not require immunization managers to leave their positions or duties for an extended period (defined as more than three months full-time, or more than 6 hours per week part-time.
Expenses covered by IAIM for training scholarships include the cost of the course itself, as well as (for in-person trainings) travel, lodging and meal expenses provided in accordance with IAIM’s policies and procedures. The total cost of each training (including travel and accommodation for in-person trainings) should not exceed $10,000 USD. If the cost for the course exceeds $10,000 USD, you do have the option to co-finance the course. See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) section below for more information.
IAIM Training Scholarship Awards can be applied to a variety of types of programs, including both in-person and online courses. Providers should be accredited by an accrediting body. This helps the IAIM Training Scholarship Selection Committee to ensure the quality of the educational materials and curricula provided. The IAIM Secretariat will assist as required to verify the accreditation of a provider.
Offerings made through accredited universities or other accredited training institutions qualify for the IAIM Training Scholarship Award (provided that the proposed training meets the other financial and programmatic criteria of the IAIM Training Scholarship Program).
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IAIM aims to enhance immunization managers and professionals' capacity to advance their immunization programs, and the qualified training scholarship subject areas are intended to target critical competencies/skill sets many immunization managers may employ in their roles.
IAIM Training Scholarship Awards can be applied to the following subject areas:
The following requirements must be met to be eligible for the IAIM Training Scholarship Program:
Incomplete or late applications will not be considered. For more information on the application timeline, please see the “Application and Selection Timeline” section.
IAIM will send announcements to all members when the IAIM Training Scholarship Program application cycle opens. Members must submit their application by using the IAIM Training Scholarship application form, which is available on the Association’s website. The application form asks candidates to provide details about the institution and course/training in which they would like to enroll. It also asks how that program will enhance the candidate’s management skills in one of the key subject areas identified above, and how knowledge gained from the program will be used to improve immunization program performance.
Applicants must choose only one prospective training/course for their training scholarship application. If the applicant is selected as a training scholarship recipient, the applicant is then required to apply to the training/course they selected for their scholarship. If accepted, they must officially enroll with the institution or university providing the training/course in order to receive the scholarship. Upon receiving proof that the provider has accepted the applicant for the course or training of their choice the Secretariat will work with the recipient and the provider to pay all training/course fees to the institution or university directly on behalf of the training scholarship recipient.
The IAIM Training Scholarship Program Application includes a Supervisor Agreement Page, which requires candidates to obtain their supervisor’s signature prior to application submission. The supervisor, by signing the application, agrees to approve the immunization manager in applying for the IAIM Training Scholarship Program.
The Training Scholarship Selection Committee will review applications for the Training Scholarship Program. This committee will be composed of members of the IAIM Governing Council and the IAIM Secretariat. Decisions will be made based on the specificity, strength and completeness of the applicant’s answers on their application (i.e., how well the candidate builds his or her case that the course or program in-question can help them in better managing their country’s immunization program). Prior to awarding Training Scholarships, the Training Scholarship Selection Committee reserves the right to contact candidates for additional information.
Training Scholarship Awards are made based on a competitive application process during announced application cycles. Applicants should bear each application cycle's timeline in mind when selecting a course, given that they will not be able to use association funds to enroll in any course until after they receive the Training Scholarship award. In order to ensure that there is sufficient time to review applications and prepare logistical arrangements for participation in the training or course, applicants must select courses that begin after the application cycle is completed. The course should not begin earlier than two months from the award date, and can begin up to one year after the award is made. Therefore, if an award is made on 1 April 2016, it may not be used for a course beginning earlier than 1 June 2016.
The names of Training Scholarship Award recipients will be published on the IAIM website and may also be included in internal and external publications produced by IAIM, the Sabin Vaccine Institute, or other stakeholders.
“I received an IAIM Training Scholarship Award, but I will be unable to complete the course I enrolled in. What are the consequences?”
Training Scholarship awardees have the responsibility to determine, BEFORE enrolling in a course, that they will be able to complete that course. If a Training Scholarship Award recipient determines after registering for a course, but before the start of the course, that he or she will not be able to complete the course, that recipient must inform the IAIM Secretariat (firstname.lastname@example.org) immediately and a refund must be sought. The Training Scholarship awardee must advise in writing the reasons why he/she has to withdraw.
If a Training Scholarship Award recipient has been enrolled in and has begun the training/course, and then finds out that he or she cannot complete the course due to extenuating circumstances, he or she must contact IAIM immediately. The recipient must provide a rationale for why they are unable to complete the course in writing to the IAIM Secretariat Training Scholarship Selection Committee (email@example.com). The contents of this correspondence will be confidential. Efforts must be made to work with the provider of the training/course to ensure that the Training Scholarship Award recipient can either complete the training/course at another time, or a refund must be sought.
“I was selected as an IAIM Training Scholarship Award recipient, but the training/course I applied to rejected me. Can I apply to another training/course and use my Training Scholarship Award toward another training/course?”
In the event that a Training Scholarship Award recipient is not accepted into the training/course for which he or she received the Training Scholarship Award, the recipient may not use the Training Scholarship Award toward another training/course during the same year. The recipient is encouraged, however, to apply to another training/course in the next application cycle.
“My supervisor will not sign the Supervisor Agreement Page included within the application. Am I still eligible for a Training Scholarship Award without completing this page?”
All Training Scholarship Award applications must be submitted with a signed Supervisor Agreement Page. Your application will not be eligible without the signature of your supervisor.
"Can I apply an IAIM Training Scholarship award toward a master's degree program?
No. The Training Scholarship Award is intended to be used for short courses, workshops and seminars that offer targeted training in a component of immunization program management, such as management & leadership or management information systems. Applicants may not use a Training Scholarship award towards a master’s degree due to the considerable financial and time investments necessary to complete these programs. While IAIM encourages the professional development of all members, the Training Scholarship is intended to both offer individual professional development and to enhance program performance. If a manager is away from his or her position for too long conducting a master’s degree, it may ultimately negatively impact program performance, rather than enhance it.
"If the course costs more than $10,000 USD, can I co-finance the course?"
If you are interested in a course that costs more than $10,000 USD, you can co-finance the course under the following conditions:
"If I am awarded a IAIM Training Scholarship are the scholarship funds sufficient for me to purchase a computer?"
The Training Scholarship Award will cover costs related to certain course materials, such as books and other supplies, but not the cost of a computer. For in-person trainings, other covered costs include travel [airline/train tickets] to and from the training site, visa (if required), hotel and meal costs. All other personal requirements must be paid for by the individual.