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HIV Vaccine Research Grants for Medical Students: Seeking African American/Black and Latino/a medical students interested in HIV vaccine research

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

DEADLINE: January 13, 2016

The HIV Vaccine Trials Network, in collaboration with the National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, is investing in a young generation of HIV prevention researchers by providing African-American and Latino/a medical students with opportunities for independent research along with structured mentoring, project and salary funding, training, and professional development activities. The complete Request for Applications can be found at   

Grant recipients will work under the mentorship of HVTN-affiliated investigators to conduct short-term research projects in areas of basic, clinical, behavioral and social science. Projects can be:

Short-Term Projects: 2-4 months

  • Timed with a summer break or fourth year research elective
  • Travel to an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit in the US or abroad
  • Attend and present at an HVTN Conference
  • Maximum award of $20,000


Long-Term Projects: 9-12 months

  • Research at an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit in the US with up to 16 weeks at an international HIV Vaccine Trials Unit
  • Can be timed with a planned masters or doctoral program, or be a distinct, non-degree associated research-focused year
  • Attend two scientific conferences, including presenting at the HVTN conference
  • Maximum award of $60,000


Project Ideas
Project ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Evaluate a community engagement strategy of storytelling through social media accounts using images
  • Sexual risk behaviors and HIV awareness and attitudes among intravenous drug users
  • Droplet digital PCR quantitation of virus specific T cells during natural infection or after vaccination
  • BMI and relationship to HIV vaccine immune response
  • Willingness to participate in vaccine trials in South Africa

Application Materials
If you are interested in applying, visit and e-mail Jenna Udren, RAMP Coordinator, at  We will connect you with investigators who can assist you in selecting a project or topic of interest and potentially serve as a mentor for that project. Applications are due January 13, 2016by e-mail to and notifications of award will be made in early March 2016.  

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All correspondence concerning the program should be addressed to:

Jenna Udren, MPH
Training Unit
HIV Vaccine Trials Network
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
(206)667-6712 (ph)
(206)667-6366 (fax)