By DR. KONSTANTINOS RODITIS, MD, MSc, Chair, Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors & HALEEMA MUNIR, medical student, President, IFMSA-Pakistan

Haleema Munir

Haleema Munir, IFMSA-Pakistan, Erik Holst Fund MM2016 awardee

The Past, the Present, the Future: this year’s IFMSA March Meeting Theme echoes also Prof. Erik Holst Fund’s short, but promising history… Initiated back in 2011 in Copenhagen, Denmark, by an enthusiastic team of IFMSA Alumni, the Fund has already stepped in its 4th year of existence. So far, among many hardships and drawbacks, it finally started giving back to IFMSA “something for all that IFMSA has given” to its Alumni when they still were medical students…
After Surendra Sapkota from Nepal last August, who attended the IFMSA GA in Ohrid, FYR Macedonia with the help of a Prof. Erik Holst Fund Scholarship, time has come for the 2nd Scholarship which has been awarded to a very promising medical student-leader from Pakistan, Ms. Haleema Munir! Listen to her story, as she describes her aspirations about her upcoming participation in the MM2016 in Malta:

“While applying for this scholarship, I was very well aware of the tough competition that I would be facing by very competent applicants from all over the globe and so all I could do was to hope for the best. Seeing the email announcing the winner was one of the most exciting and memorable moments of my life. I was overjoyed at the very thought of meeting my IFMSA family from all around the globe.
Being the winner of Prof. Erik Holst Fund Scholarship for attending the March Meeting 2016 in Malta is all very exciting and thrilling, so much so that sometimes it even seems unreal. But more than that, it is an honor to have been selected by core IFMSAians-for-life to attend the hub of IFMSA magic. I am extremely thankful to the members of the Fund for selecting me and considering me worthy of this honor.
Since my selection as the recipient of this scholarship, the members of the Fund have been in regular contact with me and they have been extremely cooperative to ensure smooth working of the technicalities.
This opportunity for me to attend MM2016 will not only help me as an individual and enhance my skills as a culturally-aware professional, but it will also help my NMO, IFMSA-Pakistan, as I intend to spread out the training, wisdom and learning I’ll gain from this GA among the hundreds of members IFMSA-Pakistan who are unable to attend IFMSA General Assemblies.
I would urge all true IFMSAians who wish to experience IFMSA firsthand to keep applying for Prof. Erik Holst Fund Scholarship. If you didn’t get selected the first time, you might get selected the next time you apply, just like me!”


IFMSA GA – March Meeting 2016 in Malta

We all in the Fund’s Board of Directors, with the kind assistance of our Board of Trustees, will keep on fundraising for our Fund, only to be able to deliver more Scholarships to IFMSA members all over the world as well as the first-ever Erik Holst micro-grants to IFMSA projects.
And of course, we will be for ever thankful to our wonderful Alumni colleagues for their incoming donations!

Call for Applications for the “Erik Holst” IFMSA March Meeting Scholarship 2016


  • Are you a medical student and a member of IFMSA?
  • Are you involved in IFMSA activities locally?
  • Do you consider yourself a promising leader in your community?
  • Are you interested in participating in an IFMSA General Assembly (GA)?
  • Will 500€ enable your participation?

Then, this is your chance!

APPLY NOW for the “Erik Holst” IFMSA March Meeting Scholarship 2016!

Erik Holst Scholarship – In particular

Awarded to promising GA attendees from any IFMSA member-country. The award recognizes the contributions the students have made at a local level and their potential to contribute to the activities of IFMSA. Many students cannot attend the GA because lack of financial resources and unfortunately the excitement and inspiration of this conference is therefore closed off to them. The Professor Erik Holst Fund (PEHF) wants to open the door a little wider for these students. This will help those interested participate in the GA and can only strengthen the spirit of the GA.

Call for Applications

The March Meeting 2016 “Erik Holst” IFMSA GA Scholarship will be 500€ and will be awarded to one (1) medical student, to be used ONLY for participation at the IFMSA GA – March Meeting 2016 in Malta.

Those interested, please fill-in the application form online, making sure you provide data for all required questions. Do not forget to provide your CV and motivation letter at the end. These will mostly define the applicant who will be awarded the scholarship. After submitting your application you will receive an e-mail from PEHF informing you of the successful submission of your application. Make sure to visit regularly for updates on the application review process.

DEADLINE for receiving applications: 1st December 2015, 23:59 GMT

The applicant selected will be informed by e-mail with instructions how to receive the scholarship. Make sure you enter a valid e-mail address. The name of the awardee will also be announced online at .

  • Don’t miss your chance to apply for our scholarship!
  • Don’t miss your chance to attend the IFMSA GA – March Meeting 2016 in beautiful Malta!
  • Don’t miss your chance to make a difference for you and your local community!


Questions on the application process?

For any questions you may have on the application process, you may always contact us at Prof. Erik Holst Fund by filling-in the following contact form:

Kindest Regards,

The Prof. Erik Holst Fund Board of Directors

Prof. Erik Holst Fund – “Giving back something for what IFMSA has given us”

A dream comes true in Ohrid: Meeting our 1st awardee!


Dr. Konstantinos Roditis, Prof. Erik Holst Fund Chair (left) meets and congratulates Mr. Surendra Sapkota, the Fund’s 1st awarded medical student from Nepal (right). (photo courtesy of Dr. Fehim Esen from Istanbul, Turkey)

Exactly 4 years ago, the IFMSA Alumni who founded the Prof. Erik Holst Fund in Copenhagen had a dream: to establish a concrete platform for collecting contributions from IFMSA Alumni from all over the world in order to finance medical students, members of all IFMSA NMOs, to participate in an IFMSA GA, thus fulfilling their aspirations as young medical activists within the framework of the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations. The Prof. Erik Holst Fund was born.

Today, this dream comes actually true. The 1st ever Erik Holst GA Scholarship has been recently awarded to a lucky and promising 5th-year medical student from Nepal, Surendra Sapkota. A few weeks ago, all of you have had the chance to meet him and get to know him better through our website. Surendra traveled all the way from his country Nepal in Asia to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) in Europe, to participate in the recent IFMSA General Assembly – August Meeting 2015 (AM2015) that took place in the beautiful lake-city of Ohrid in the beginning of August, thanks to the scholarship he received from Prof. Erik Holst Fund, that covered his registration fee and part of his travel expenses.


Dr. Konstantinos Roditis (left) and Mr. Surendra Sapkota (right) standing in front of the AM2015 GA Venue in Ohrid, FYROM. (photo courtesy of Dr. Fehim Esen from Istanbul, Turkey)

His enthusiasm knew no boundaries, as his participation at this GA was something he was dreaming for quite a long time, especially since the chance he was given to attend an IFMSA GA for the first time in Taiwan last year. After returning back home from Taiwan, he was already convinced that he wanted to get involved more within the IFMSA structure and leadership, as well as get to know better how the Federation works and how the experience he could gain from his involvement in IFMSA could be helpful to himself and his fellow colleagues Nepalese medical students back home.

We at Prof. Erik Holst Fund had the chance and opportunity to meet him in person in Ohrid, FYROM a few weeks ago, and we talked with him thoroughly about his participation in the GA, his role as Assistant to the Secretary of the GA Plenary, as well as his experiences from meeting with so many fellow medical students from all over the world. We were so happy to determine that we made indeed the right choice awarding him with the 1st GA Scholarship among 75 applicants, as he proved to be a very charismatic person, full of energy and enthusiasm, ready to get involved with IFMSA work both at the international level as well as back home in Nepal, and looking forward to participating again at an IFMSA GA next year, if possible to continue his journey in the IFMSA world.


Dr. Roditis and Mr. Sapkota again with a panoramic view of the AM2015 GA Venue – Hotel Desaret in Ohrid, FYROM. (photo courtesy of Dr. Fehim Esen from Istanbul, Turkey)

Last but not least, we were able to see how important it is, to continue our work in raising awareness among IFMSA Alumni to continue supporting our efforts by donating to the Prof. Erik Holst Fund in the years to come. Only by doing so, we will be able in the future to award many more GA Scholarships as well as Project Micro-grants to medical students and their IFMSA local projects.

Next stop for Prof. Erik Holst Fund is Malta and the IFMSA General Assembly – March Meeting 2016 (MM2016) that will take place next March in the beautiful tiny archipelago country of the Mediterranean! Until then, stay in touch, and of course, do not forget to visit our “Donate Now” page and kindly contribute to our efforts! Because, as we all know, we really want to “give something back for what IFMSA has given us”!

Thank you very much, IFMSA Alumni!