UW Center for AIDS and STD

STD/AIDS Research Training Fellowship Program

Pre and Postdoctoral Fellowships

Funded by NIH T32 AI07140
Program Director: Anna Wald, MD, MPH
Co-Director:  Julie Dombrowski, MD, MPH
Co-Director:  Lorenzo Giacani, Ph.D

The NIH-supported University of Washington STD & AIDS Research Training Program is in its 45th year of funding, directed for 28 years by King K. Holmes, 15 years by Sheila Lukehart, and now by Anna Wald. This program’s goal is to train the next generation of leaders in STD and AIDS research and, since its inception in 1974, has trained 72 predoctoral and 170 postdoctoral trainees.

Opportunities available for pre and postdoctoral training

Predoctoral trainees must be enrolled in doctoral programs at the University of Washington and must be working with a Program faculty member.

Postdoctoral applicants must be currently training with a program faculty member. MDs are usually affiliated with the Infectious Diseases or Obstetrics & Gynecology fellowship programs; PhDs are working with Program faculty.

Prior to application, predoctoral and postdoctoral applicants must have established a formal research relationship with their training mentor and have developed a proposed plan for their research. The mentor must confirm that they will support the applicant’s research for the period of their fellowship.

Eligible applicants must be US Citizens or have permanent resident status in the US.

Research training is provided in three component tracks:

  • Molecular & Cellular level, includes Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathogenesis
  • Individual level, includes Natural History, Health Outcomes, and Behavior
  • Societal level, includes Epidemiology, Modeling, Biostatistics, and Implementation Science


Stipends are paid at the NIH NRSA stipend level for the fiscal year in which the trainee starts his/her appointment, or is reappointed. Postdoctoral stipends are commensurate with the number of years of postdoctoral experience. FY2021 predoctoral and postdoctoral stipend levels can be found at the following URL:


Supplementation of pre- and postdoctoral stipends from non-federal funds may be provided by the mentor or appointing department. These arrangements are not arranged through this fellowship program.

Pre and postdoctoral positions provide partial support for medical and dental benefits for trainees. Mentors or departments/divisions are responsible for the remaining balance.

Tuition is supported for predoctoral fellows to the extent possible by the training grant budget. Postdoctoral trainees wishing to obtain an MPH or other degrees should contact the Program Director.