HPTN Scholars Program

The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) is proud to offer two scholarship programs for early-career investigators funded through a supplement from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). The HPTN Scholars Program now includes two components: a domestic (U.S.) program and an international program. Both programs seek to increase opportunities for scientists from groups under-represented in HIV prevention research. In the domestic program, successful applicants will be Investigators who have received their terminal degree (MD, Phd, etc). For the international version, current MD, PhD, and MBChB students may apply, along with individuals having already graduated with their terminal degree. In both programs, applicants should desire to work with a mentor scientist in the Network to complete a research project based upon an existing HPTN research study.

The HPTN Scholars Program seeks to provide scholar recipients with the knowledge, skills and connections to further their careers as independent investigators in the HIV prevention research field. Scholars will:

  • Develop a research project using data from a completed or ongoing HPTN HIV prevention study and complete their scholarship project within the program cycle
  • Present the findings of their project at the HPTN Annual Meeting and submit a manuscript at the end of the scholarship cycle
  • Through the experience of the program, Scholars will become knowledgeable of the process of doing research in NIH-funded HIV networks, and have the opportunity to build their research networks within the context of the HPTN

Scholars are provided funding to cover a portion of their time (typically ~ 10-30%) and expenses including travel and research materials/supplies. Successful applicants will be funded for 18 months, subject to certain restrictions.


MARCH 2020: The HPTN Scholars Program is now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 Domestic and International cohorts. Please see individual Domestic and International program pages at the buttons below for applications materials. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact Sherri Johnson at SJohnson@fhi360.org.


Important Dates:

  • Program cycle: 1 January 2021 – 30 June 2022

  • Initial drafts proposal due 8 May 2020

  • Full applications due 19 June 2020