About the International AIDS Research and Training Program

The International AIDS Research and Training Program (IARTP) was established in 1988 with funding from the Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, with the goal of fostering international collaborative AIDS research through scientist exchange.

The program aims to train foreign scientists with the following specific goals:

  1. Train investigators at our partner institutions in epidemiological, clinical, behavioral, and implementation science methodologies, which can be applied to HIV/AIDS research.
  2. Provide high-quality mentorship and opportunities for direct experience in HIV/AIDS research, both in the US and abroad.
  3. Foster international multidisciplinary collaborative research and training partnerships on HIV between UW, foreign academic institutions, and Ministries of Health.

Since the University of Washington (UW) IARTP began, the program has trained over 330 HIV investigators in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Many former IARTP students have continued collaborative research relationships with UW colleagues after they have returned to their home countries.

The IARTP has also supported over 50 US postdoctoral fellow and students for training at overseas collaborative research institutions, ranging from several months to >2 years. Since 2004, the University of Washington has also provided international training sites for the Fogarty Global Health Fellowship Program (formerly Fogarty Clinical Research Training Scholars and Fellows Program).