Awards & Fellowships

On this page you can find all information on awards and fellowships. 
Please click on the title below to read more about procedures, regulations and previous winners.

The Harold Gunson Fellowship gives doctors and scientists an opportunity to attend ISBT congresses. A limited number of grants will be made available for ISBT Regional and International congresses. To apply for the fellowship you should:

  • Be 40 years of age or under at the date of the first day of the congress.
  • Be the first, submitting and presenting author of an abstract which has been accepted for the scientific programme.
  • Not have received a Harold Gunson fellowship twice before. Applicants from upper-middle or high- category countries can only receive the Harold Gunson Fellowship once. 
  • Submit an abstract for the congress and request the fellowship form from the ISBT Central Office.

The ISBT Award will be granted to a person or an organisation that contributes or has contributed in an outstanding way to the education of blood transfusion or transfusion medicine science. The selection of the Award winner(s) and the granting of this Award is a prerogative of the Executive Committee of ISBT.

ISBT Award recipients

The ISBT Award for Developing Countries is awarded to a Blood Service/Centre or a Department of Transfusion medicine within a medical institution from a Developing Country that has made a significant contribution in strengthening Blood Transfusion Practice within the Country. Qualifying developing countries will be those that are considered low or lower middle income according to the World Bank index.

The Award is in the form of full sponsorship for two delegates from the winning institution to attend an International Congress of the ISBT (airfares, registration, accommodation and per diem). The award also includes sponsorship of an education symposium in the country of the winning applicant (value €10,000). The Award winner will be presented with a certificate at the Opening Ceremony of the International Congress and will be expected to give a presentation in one of the scientific sessions.

Applicants should forward a copy of their submission to the ISBT Office ( with Developing Country award and the name of the country as the subject heading.

The deadline for application for the 2022 award is October 17, 2021

Download here the application form. 

Winners of the ISBT Award for Developing Countries

The Foundation Transfusion Medicine grants this Award to a senior person who has made eminent contributions to transfusion medicine or a related field through original basic or applied research, the practice of transfusion therapy or through significant educational and/or service contribution to the field.

A short curriculum vitae of the proposed candidate and a description of his/her contribution in transfusion medicine, accompanied with three signatures of ISBT members who support the nomination, should be sent to the Secretary- General of the Foundation, Henk Reesink, email

The Nomination Committee (consisting of the ISBT President, the ISBT President-Elect, the ISBT Scientific Officer, the Chairman and a member of Board of the Foundation Transfusion Medicine) will decide which candidate will be nominated.

The ISBT Presidential Award is presented every two years at the International Congress of the ISBT. 

The deadline for proposing candidates for the 2022 award is October 29, 2021.

Winners of the ISBT Presidential Award

The Jean Julliard Prize recognises clinicians or scientists who are under 40 years of age and have a noteworthy portfolio of recent published work contributing to advances in transfusion medicine. Individual members of ISBT may self-nominate for the Jean Julliard Prize. The Prize is awarded every two years at the International Congress.

The prize of € 5,000 is open to members and nonmembers of the Society under the age of 40. The Prize will be awarded during the next International congress of the ISBT in Kuala Lumpur. The successful candidate will be required to give a presentation on their submission during the Congress. Travel, registration, and accommodation costs for the congress will be covered by ISBT. Candidates should forward a copy of their submission to the ISBT Office ( with Jean Julliard Prize as the subject heading.

The closing date for submission for the 2022 award is December 17, 2021.

Regulations for the Jean Julliard Prize
Winners of the Jean Julliard Prize

The Vox Sanguinis Best Paper Prize is a scientific award for the best original paper that has been published in ISBT’s journal Vox Sanguinis in the previous calendar year. The editors of Vox Sanguinis will compile a list of papers that qualify for this Prize. The value of the prize is €5000 and is granted by the Standing Committee on Vox Sanguinis and the Editorial Board.

Vox Sanguinis Best Paper Prize winners