Research Grant

Application for Research Grant is open until 31 March 2024.


The Asia Pacific League of Associations for Rheumatology (APLAR) invites applications from science and medical graduates from APLAR member societies for its APLAR Fellowship grant. Up to three (3) fellowship grants are available for the year 2022.

The grant is to assist graduates to undertake an intensive or advanced study in clinical aspects or research methodology of either adult or paediatric rheumatology in a rheumatic disease unit outside his own country, preferably at an APLAR Center of Excellence, or others, for a minimum period of six (6) months.

The APLAR Executive Committee will consider the option of extending the Fellowship duration to twelve (12) months if there is a clinical need. Ideally, the candidate would be able to do a research project during his training, particularly for those who apply for the 12 months grant. The successful candidate must have a long-term commitment to continue research or clinical work in his/her own country at the conclusion of the Fellowship. The grant is to cover accommodation and subsistence costs.

All successful fellows are required to submit a full report to the APLAR Executive Committee upon the completion of the Fellowship, together with a report from their supervisor. Additionally, for those who apply for the 12 months grant, they are required to submit data from the work carried out (if any) during the Fellowship for presentation at a subsequent APLAR Congress of Rheumatology, and for publication as a full scientific article in an international peer-reviewed journal, preferably the International Journal of the Rheumatic Diseases. An acknowledgment of the APLAR grant must be included in the manuscript.

Applications for the APLAR Fellowship for a period up to 12 months must be stated up front when the candidate is applying for the Fellowship. The APLAR Executive Committee will not consider extensions of the APLAR Fellowship once the initial application has been approved.

Only completed applications with the correct supporting documents will be accepted. The decision of the APLAR Executive Committee on the award of these Fellowships is final.


The offer is valid only for:

• Medical or science graduate of less than 45 years of age.
• Nationals of countries who are members of APLAR (clear of arrears for membership dues).
• The following documents need to be enclosed with the application:

Outline of the proposal for applying APLAR COPCORD grants.

Please study the template below for proposal development and submission it along with the application form.

Title of the project
Provide a short and informative title
Type of study
Provide the type of the study. Observational, cross sectional etc.
Provide the name of the principal investigator (applicant) and all member of the investigator team including their degree and place of work.
Rational of the study
Provide information related to the study protocol. Why does the investigator want to do this study? What has been done before? What are the unclear or unanswered questions?
Study objective
Provide the study objectives. How does this study answer those questions, etc.?
Population of the study
Provide detail of the population of the study and the place where the study will be performed.
Sample size calculation
Provide the estimated sample size to be used (if any)
Provide the study design, details of the participants, the inclusion/exclusion criteria (and withdrawal criteria, if any). How to find the case or randomization? What the instruments to be used to collect data (COPCORD questionnaire)? How to collect the data? If any, the COPCORD questionnaire has been validated?
Ethical issues
Studies related to human subjects must be accompanied by the Ethical Approval of the investigator institution.
Statistical analysis
Provide statistical methods to be used in the study. If the study requires complex statistical analysis, a qualified biostatistician should be involved in the project.
Provide details of the budget. This includes assistant’s salary or stipends, materials for the study, field budget, etc. The investigator can claim for these expense by sending the receipt to APLAR.
What are the expected results? How will the result from the study help improvement in rheumatology care among AP countries?
Please provide relevant reference to the study.


At the start of the project, USD 5,000 will be transferred to the investigator’s account, preferably their University’s, Institution’s, or Department’s research account. But if that would incur an administrative charge, then the investigator can request to use their personal account. Following the first transfer, the investigator will be required to provide receipts for the expenditure as the project progresses. If any individual item costs are more than USD 1,000, then 3 separate quotations are required, and the cheapest quotation will usually be accepted. Once the expenditure has exceeded the first USD 5,000, there can be 2 further disbursements at Month 3 and Month 6, depending on the proposed budget, supported by receipts, of up to USD 4,000 each. The last USD 1,000 will be transferred once the completed research report and the final draft of the manuscript of the research project been received by the APLAR Executive Committee. In addition, awardees should submit their work for publication in an international peer-reviewed journal, preferably to the International Journal of the Rheumatic Diseases.

The APLAR Executive Committee reserves the right to adjust the amount of grant awarded depending on the proposed budget expenditure. Any such decision taken by the APLAR Executive Committee is final.


Application for Research Grant is open until 31 March 2024.



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