This is the official newsletter of the Prof. Erik Holst Fund.
#9 - MAY 2016

Announcing the winner of Erik Holst AM2016 GA Scholarship!

MAY 2016

Dear IFMSA Alumni,
Dear donors & supporters,

It is with great pleasure that we announce the results from the evaluation of all applications for the AM2016 Scholarship, provided by the Prof. Erik Holst Fund to a promising medical student, member of IFMSA, in order to cover some part (if not all) of the expenses for his/her participation at the IFMSA General Assembly - August Meeting 2016 in Mexico.

We received 52 applications in total, which is a big number for our only 3rd call for applications, 52 excellent applications from all 5 IFMSA Regions. After a thorough, 2-rounds-long evaluation that lasted a week, we finally reached to the winner, who is:

Mr. Desire RUHINDA from Tanzania!


The Board of Directors of the Fund will be in touch with him in the following days in order to arrange properly how the scholarship will be received by its beneficiary.

We would like to take this opportunity and provide you with full details on how the whole evaluation procedure took place, in terms of transparency.

The Fund first announced the call for applications for the scholarship on 24 April 2016 (over the IFMSA General server, Erik Holst Facebook page and and provided a timespan of 2 weeks (14 days) for receiving applications online. The first announcement was also posted on various IFMSA-related Facebook groups, and was followed by 2 reminders as the deadline approached. The deadline for receiving applications expired on May 7th, 2016 at 23:59 (GMT/UTC). The application procedure was done at our website by filling in an online application form, which included a CV and a Motivation Letter of each applicant as a prerequisite for application submission. Through these two texts, we would be able to better become acquainted with each candidate and take a thorough look into their aspirations from their possible participation in the GA, their vision of IFMSA and themselves in it, as well as their background and achievements both academic, professional and personal. As the scholarship aims mainly in students who cannot attend the GA due to financial constraints, special attention was given to any relevant information provided by the applicant. Applicants that have not attended a GA before, were also seen in a more favorable way.

After the 1st round of evaluation, a ranking list of all applicants was determined. Then, all applicants were arranged according to IFMSA Region and the 2 first of each Region were chosen, which provided us with a list of 12 finalists in total, because we encountered ties in some Regions. Then, a 2nd round of evaluation followed, starting with these 12 finalists, which led us to the final ranking list that gave the winner of the scholarship.

Finally, we would like to thank once again all those who applied, especially those who made it to the list of the 12 finalists. We are sorry that we could not give more scholarships this time, but hopefully we will be able to do so for the next GA, that is the MM2017! We do encourage all of the applicants to reapply next time, when the call for applications is released! We will be happy to receive your applications once again when time comes!

Check our website for more news & updates on the GA Scholarships and other upcoming grants, as we will be enriching its content soon, after the scholarship is received, as we shall be following our grantee Mr. Ruhinda and his experience at the IFMSA GA-AM2016!

Kind regards,
Konstantinos M. Roditis
Chair, Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors

The Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors: Konstantinos Roditis (Chair), Yon Chong (Secretary), Stefan Buttigieg (External Relations Officer) and Xaviour Walker (Advisor).

Prof. Erik Holst Fund


Update on donation ways: PayPal available!

MAY 2016

Dear Prof. Erik Holst Fund donors and supporters,

We would like to inform you that we have recently updated our means of collecting donations from IFMSA Alumni, by establishing a functioning Paypal account. 

You may now make use of our "Donate" button located on our website's top menu at and you will be automatically redirected to the Paypal payment environment, where you may choose the amount you would like to "one-time" donate to the Fund or if you would rather like to make a monthly (recurring) donation!

Thank you once again for entrusting your kind donations to our Fund and we are looking forward to receiving your contributions!

The Board of Directors


By donating to the Prof. Erik Holst Fund, you offer future generations of IFMSA activists the chance to get to know IFMSA better through our GA Scholarships. You also give IFMSA project initiators the "fuel" they need to start a brand new project through our Project Micro-Grants. Every bit helps!


During the previous March Meeting of IFMSA that took place in Malta, hosted by MMSA, PEHF Board Member and External Relations Officer, Dr. Stefan Buttigieg had the opportunity to meet with our awardee Ms. Haleema Munir (Pakistan), who received the Erik Holst MM2016 Scholarship earlier this year.

Dr. Buttigieg congratulated Ms. Munir for her achievements and expressed the heartfelt hope of all of us in the Fund, that this scholarship would bring her a step further in IFMSA engagement and involvement as a  Junior global health leader and activist. 

Ms. Munir thanked the PEHF for awarding her the scholarship that allowed her to come to Malta, making her dream true. She also addressed the audience of IFMSA Alumni gathered in Malta during the last weekend of the General Assembly, where key about her journey in IFMSA so far, her expectations from her participation and her gratitude towards all who are contributing to PEHF as one-time and recurring donors.

We will be following-up Ms. Munir and her activities in the months and years to come and we will be reporting back to you all her future career successes and experiences. Stay tuned!


Dear Alumni,

Recently, an article written by the PEHF and our 2nd awardee, Haleema Munir from Pakistan, was published in the latest MSI 33 issue of IFMSA.

Check this out:

On behalf of the Board of the PEHF I would like to once again thank wholeheartedly all Alumni who made it possible to award another scholarship in Malta in March 2016, thanks to them donating to our cause.


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