Young Scientist Award

The “Young Scientist Award” aims to support the participation of an outstanding PhD student from Low and Middle Income Countries to foster continuous education in medical and veterinary entomology also in the developing world.

This scholarship was instituted at the initiative of the veterinary pharmaceutical multinational firm Vetoquinol, in collaboration with the French Society of Parasitology (SFP).

2022 laureate

Ms Imane El Idrissi Saik, PhD student at the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Hassan II University of Casablanca and Pasteur Institute of Morocco. Her research topics mainly focus on cutaneous leishmaniasis (CL) in Morocco and the environmental and host factors that lead to the introduction of CL to urban areas.

She is the awardee of the YSA 2022.

2022 laureate

Ms Priscilla Abena Ankamaa Opare, Master Student at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Her research topics focus on culicoides and sandflies and on investigating the role of innate lymphoid cells in cutaneous leishmaniasis using a murine model of infection.

She is the awardee ot the « special award » 2022.

2019 laureate

Ms Latifa Remadi, PhD student at the University of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Monastir, Tunisia. Her research topics mainly focus on the ecology and epidemiology of human leishmaniasis in Tunisia.

2020/21 laureate

Mr Seun Oladipupo, Ph.D. student of Entomology at Auburn University, USA. His research topics mainly focus on the biology, physiology, and management of medical and urban pests.

“The Young Scientist Award aims to provide an enriching and empowering opportunity to a promising ‘in-training’ entomologist from the Global South, with a view to contributing to the strengthening of entomological capacity and know-how in areas of the world where such skills can be particularly crucial for communities’ public health”.

Dr Vincenzo Lorusso, initiator of the Award

“This specialised event in the field of Entomology offers a varied training to students coming from Europe and other continents with diverse backgrounds. The program is dense and rich with internationally renowned lecturers. Thanks to the sponsor Vetoquinol, and with the support of the French Society of Parasitology, a scholarship is offered to a student from the Global South; this can be the initiation of future collaborations with researchers working in the field of Entomology”.

Prof Isablle Villena, President of the French Society of Parasitology

How to apply

Candidates should fulfil the following criteria:

  • be under the age of 35 years;
  • be a PhD student at the time of application;
  • come from a Low and/or Middle Income Country;
  • must have authored at least one publication in international peer-reviewed journals/or participated to an international congress as part of their PhD project and taken part to relevant scientific activities in the field of parasitology

To apply, please provide a CV, list of publications and oral communications, the name of two referees and a motivation letter to

All documents must be provided in English.

National Veterinary School of Toulouse, France
Continuing education in Medical and Veterinary Entomology