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The 2024-2025 HPTN Scholars Program will run from 01 June 2024 through 30 November 2025.


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.

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 program, 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.

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


Develop a research project. Present findings. Become knowledgeable.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Have experience and/or substantial potential in conducting research with populations at risk.
  • Have technical background suitable to become involved in a substantial component of the HPTN science agenda.
  • Demonstrate plans to work with and be mentored by an investigator actively involved in HPTN research, based at an independent institution, or at the Central Resources of the HPTN.
  • Have the support of their host academic institutions that would allow them the time to participate in the mentored research program, and to travel as required to work with their mentor and to key HPTN meetings.
  • Be within 10 years of graduation with such a terminal degree, first postdoctoral fellowship, or first medical residency at the time applications are due.
  • Develop a project idea that is linked with an approved HPTN study before applying to the program. The following studies are available for Scholars to use: HPTN 037, HPTN 039, HPTN 043, HPTN 052, HPTN 058, HPTN 063, HPTN 061, HPTN 064, HPTN 065, HPTN 066, HPTN 067, HPTN 068, HPTN 069, HPTN 071, HPTN 073, HPTN 074, HPTN 075, HPTN 077, HPTN 078, or HPTN 082.

For international applicants:

  • Applicants must have the support of their host academic or work institutions that would allow them the time to participate in the mentored research program and to travel as required to work with their mentor and to key HPTN meetings.
  • Applicants must be able to communicate effectively in English (via speech, reading, and writing).
  • Applicants must plan to continue working in the country in which their mentor is located.


If you have questions, please contact the Scholars Program Management Team at


Our Leadership
Sten Vermund Darrell Wheeler quarraisha David Serwadda
Dr. Sten Vermund
Domestic Program
Dr. Darrell Wheeler
Domestic Program
Dr. Quarraisha Abdool Karim
International Program
Dr. David Serwadda
International Program