Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Grants

Closing Date

HIV Vaccine Research Grants for Medical Students

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

DEADLINE: January 4, 2017

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 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 $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 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 7, 2016. Carefully read the Request for Applications before applying. Applications are due via the web-based application form by 5:00 pm PST on January 4, 2017.

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

Jenna Udren, MPH
RAMP Program 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