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HIV Vaccine Trials Network Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Program for African-American and Latinx Medical Students

Deadline: January 8, 2019

The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HTVN), 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.

Program Highlights

  • 2-4 month or 9-12 month independent research projects in the areas of clinical, laboratory, or social-behavioral research
  • Structured mentorship by leading HVTN vaccine scientists
  • Travel to an HVTN Clinical Research Site in the US or abroad
  • Attendance to an HTVN Conference
  • Oral and poster presentation and potential publication

Project Ideas

Project ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Facilitators and Barriers to Participation in early phase (Phase I) HIV Vaccine Clinical Trials
  • Aspects of the microbiome in HIV
  • Assess the feasibility of using social media to recruit potential participants for clinical trials in Zimbabwe
  • Implementation of an updated pre-screener protocol to determine accuracy in assessing risk and retention during trials

Program Resources

  • Up to $25,000 for 2-4 month project
  • Up to $70,000 for 9-12 month project
  • Funding includes salary, materials, and travel

Application Materials 

If you are interested in applying, visit, review the Request For Applications (RFA) and application materials, and then complete the RAMP Pre-Application Questionnaire. After reviewing your questionnaire, 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. The deadline for initial contact with mentors is December 7, 2018. Carefully read the Request for Applications before applying. Applications are due via the web-based application form by 5:00 pm PST on January 8, 2019. 2019 RAMP Flyer »