Seeking African American/Black and Latino/a medical students interested in HIV vaccine research

DEADLINE: January 3, 2018

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 Latinx medical students with opportunities to conduct independent research while receiving mentoring, project and salary funding, training, and professional development opportunities. The complete Request for Applications can be found at http://www.hvtn.org/ramp.

Grant recipients will be mentored by HVTN-affiliated investigators while conducting 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 $25,000

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 $70,000

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 Program Manager, 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. The deadline for initial contact with mentors is December 6, 2017. Carefully read the Request for Applications before applying. Applications are due via the web-based application form by 5:00 pm PST on January 3, 2018.

For More Information
All correspondence concerning the program should be addressed to:

Jenna Udren, MPH
RAMP Project Manager
HIV Vaccine Trials Network


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N., E3-300
Seattle, WA 98109
Office: (206) 667-6712
judren@fredhutch.org