TOPRA Education Bursaries for low to middle income countries (2022 and 2023)

Education BursariesWe are delighted to be able to offer Education Bursaries for low to middle income countries for use in the years 2022 and 2023. Our first grant round closes on Friday 29th October at midnight (GMT).

What is the TOPRA Education Bursary?

TOPRA is providing a bursary to help support professionals in low and middle income countries to develop their regulatory expertise. The bursary is available to individuals in low to middle income countries, as defined in The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

There are two types of bursary available to individuals, a Foundation Bursary and Pathfinder Bursary, and they are available to support attendance at courses in 2022 and 2023.

Individuals from the following countries can apply:

Afghanistan Grenada Nigeria
Albania Guatemala Niue
Algeria Guinea Pakistan
Angola Guinea-Bissau Palau
Antigua and Barbuda Guyana Panama
Argentina Haiti Papua New Guinea
Armenia Honduras Paraguay
Azerbaijan India Peru
Bangladesh Indonesia Philippines
Belarus Iran Rwanda
Belize Iraq Saint Helena
Benin Jamaica Samoa
Bhutan Jordan São Tomé and Príncipe
Bolivia Kazakhstan Senegal
Bosnia and Herzegovina Kenya Serbia
Botswana Kiribati Sierra Leone
Brazil Democratic People's Republic of Korea Solomon Islands
Burkina Faso Kosovo Somalia
Burundi Kyrgyzstan South Africa
Cabo Verde Lao People's Democratic Republic South Sudan
Cambodia Lebanon Sri Lanka
Cameroon Lesotho Saint Lucia
Central African Republic Liberia Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Chad Libya Sudan
China (People's Republic of) North Macedonia Suriname
Colombia Madagascar Syrian Arab Republic
Comoros Malawi Tajikistan
Democratic Republic of Congo Malaysia Tanzania
Congo Maldives Thailand
Costa Rica Mali Timor-Leste
Côte d'Ivoire Marshall Islands Togo
Cuba Mauritania Tokelau
Djibouti Mauritius Tonga
Dominica Mexico Tunisia
Dominican Republic Micronesia Turkey
Ecuador Moldova Turkmenistan
Egypt Mongolia Tuvalu
El Salvador Montenegro Uganda
Equatorial Guinea Montserrat Ukraine
Eritrea Morocco Uzbekistan
Eswatini Mozambique Vanuatu
Ethiopia Myanmar Venezuela
Fiji Namibia Vietnam
Gabon Nauru Wallis and Futuna
Gambia Nepal West Bank and Gaza Strip
Georgia Nicaragua Yemen
Ghana Niger Zambia

Pathfinder Bursary

To support individuals new to regulatory affairs at the start of their career with the full cost of the course and up to £1000 of travel and accommodation expenses where applicable (subject to TOPRA’s existing expense policy).

  • Essentials of European Pharmaceutical Regulatory Affairs
  • Essentials of Medical Device Regulatory Affairs
  • Essentials of IVD Regulatory Affairs
  • Essentials of European Veterinary Regulatory Affairs

Foundation Bursary

To support individuals developing their knowledge after at least six months working in regulatory affairs with the full cost of the course and up to £1500 of travel and accommodation expenses (subject to TOPRA’s existing expense policy).

  • Foundation – Spring or Autumn Introductory Course 
  • Medical Device Introductory course
  • European IVD Regulatory Affairs or Regulation of In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices
  • Individuals working in Veterinary Regulatory Affairs may apply to attend any relevant veterinary regulatory affairs training (excludes conferences)

How can I apply for the Bursary Fund?

Please write a supporting letter describing why you wish to apply along with the following detail and documents:

  • Which course you wish to attend and how this will help you
  • Copy of a valid passport
  • Proof of address – You must be currently living and working in a low to middle income country 
  • Supporting evidence that you are in employment in a Regulatory Affairs role

This needs to be submitted to the Director of Professional Development in an email as soon as possible via  while addressed to the attention of the Director of Professional Development.

If you are unsure about the application process or the documents needed to support an application, please speak to a member of the Professional Development team.

When applying please bear in mind:

You may only apply once in the same year.

The fund for bursaries is limited so we recommend ensuring you submit your application in good time.

Bursaries will not be awarded on a first come first served basis. Instead, consideration will be given to the following:


  • The need for the course, how the learning will be used and whether it will be used within six months of the course
  • The benefit the course and the learning will provide both to the company and to the individual
  • Additional consideration will be given to candidates from small or micro enterprises as they may not have other opportunities to access training

Please note - All awardees are required to allow their name and organisation to be published – photo and brief story after attendance would be appreciated.

Bursaries will only be given to individuals living and working in low to middle income countries. 


Closing date for 2022 Bursary applications Friday 29th October at Midnight (GMT).

Successful applicants will be informed by 3 December to allow time to plan for their attendance in 2022.