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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 http://www.hvtn.org/ramp.   

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 http://www.hvtn.org/ramp and e-mail Jenna Udren, RAMP Coordinator, at judren@fredhutch.org.  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 HVTNawards@hvtn.org 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
judren@fredhutch.org
(206)667-6712 (ph)
(206)667-6366 (fax)
www.hvtn.org