Bursary programme: Giving the Gift of Congress

The deadline to make a donation to the bursary programme or submit an application has now passed.  Successful applicants will be notified by 31st March 2017.

WCPT and the South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP) joined forces to fundraise in support of a bursary programme to “Give the Gift of Congress”.

WCPT firmly believes that supporting individual physical therapists from its low resource member organisations to attend the WCPT Congress is an investment in the future of physical therapy and service delivery.

This bursary programme is part of a number of initiatives that WCPT and SASP are working on to extend the reach and impact of the congress to create a lasting legacy.

The aims of the programme are to:

  • raise funds to support the attendance of delegates from WCPT member organisations in low and low-middle resource countries
  • ensure that successful applicants demonstrate a commitment to professional leadership through disseminating the learning on returning home; this may be in an association, academic, research or clinical context
  • ideally support at least 20 delegates including one delegate from each of WCPT’s member organisations in Africa [dependent on funds raised]

The bursary will include a full congress registration, including the opening and welcome reception, and support of up to USD $800 towards travel and accommodation costs.

Terms and conditions of awards

  1. Recipients must be able to demonstrate that they are a member in good standing with a WCPT member organisation in a low or low-middle income country (the list of eligible member organisations can be found at the bottom of this page), or a member of a physical therapy professional association in Africa that is working towards WCPT membership and has been in contact with WCPT.
  2. Membership status will be verified with the WCPT member organisation before any award is confirmed.
  3. The application form must be completed in full (incomplete applications will not be considered).
  4. Bursary recipients must submit a report within 2 months of the congress reporting on their experience and the impact of the bursary programme; failure to do so may lead to a refund being sought by WCPT. Information provided within these reports may be used by WCPT on its website social media and in e-newsletters for promotional purposes.
  5. Bursary recipients commit to return to their home country at the end of the congress.
  6. Successful candidates will be required to sign an undertaking indicating that any expenses/payments made on their behalf will be repaid if they do not attend the WCPT Congress 2017.
  7. Bursary recipients and amounts will be determined by WCPT.
  8. WCPT and SASP retain the right to make final decisions regarding the content of the bursary programme and the selection of successful candidates.
  9. Neither WCPT or SASP is responsible or liable for the bursary recipients during their stay in Cape Town.
  10. Neither WCPT or SASP accepts any responsibility or liability for the visa application procedure. Expenses will not be reimbursed until any required visa has been obtained.
  11. Neither WCPT or SASP accepts any liability for damages occurring from or resulting by visiting the WCPT Congress 2017, or during an applicant’s stay in Cape Town. Bursary recipients are responsible for their own travel insurance.