HIV Vaccine Research Grants for Medical Students

HIV Vaccine Research Grants for Medical Students

Seeking African-American and Hispanic medical students interested in HIV vaccine research


DEADLINE: January 10, 2012


The development of a safe and effective HIV vaccine is one of the greatest biomedical research challenges of our time. The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) is now accepting applications for 2012 Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Grants to attract new minds and new ideas to the field.  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. Scholars can apply for one of two RAMP tracks:

Track One: Summer program or 4th year research elective

  • 8-16 week research project mentored by an HVTN Investigator
  • Travel to an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit in the US or abroad
  • Maximum award of $20,000

Track Two: Year-long program

  • 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
  • Maximum award of $60,000

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

  • What do men who have sex with men in Peru think about circumcision as an HIV prevention strategy? Would it influence their willingness to participate in HIV vaccine trials?
  • What are the best practices for conducting informed consent and parental assent procedures to encourage informed participation of youth in South African HIV vaccine trials?
  • How are antibody responses to vaccines being measured in clinical trials? Can current assays be improved?
  • What are the current motivations and barriers to participate in HIV vaccine trials? Is there a differential rate of drop-out during the screening process by race or ethnicity in San Francisco? In Washington, DC?
  • How can we improve Internet recruiting for HIV vaccine clinical trials in Boston? Can this strategy be used effectively at different non-US sites?

Application Materials
If you are interested in applying, visit and  HVTN 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 10, 2012 by e-mail to

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

Blythe Adamson, MPH
Project Manager, Training Initiatives
HIV Vaccine Trials Network
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N., LE-500
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
Office: (206) 667-6712
Mobile: (206) 724-8583

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