RAMP Scholars

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HVTN Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Program for African-American and Latinx Medical Students

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 the next generation of HIV prevention researchers by providing African American and Latinx medical students with opportunities for independent research along with structured mentoring, project and salary funding, training, and professional development activities.

Program Tracks

Grant recipients will work under the mentorship of HVTN-affiliated investigators to conduct research projects in areas of basic, clinical, behavioral, laboratory and social science. Projects can be:

Short-Term: 2-4 months

  • Can be timed with a summer break or fourth year research elective
  • Travel to an HIV Vaccine Clinical Research Site in the US or abroad
  • Attend and present at an HVTN Conference
  • Maximum award of $20,000 (8-10 weeks)
  • Maximum award of $25,000 (>10-16 weeks

Long-Term: 9-12 months

  • Research at an HIV Vaccine Clinical Research Site in the US with up to 16 weeks at an international HIV Vaccine Trials Unit
  • Can be timed with a planned Master's 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 $70,000

RAMP scholars are funded to travel to an HVTN clinical research site to conduct a project under the mentorship of an investigator.

Project Ideas

Past projects 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

A full list of mentors, sites and projects can be found on the How to Apply page. To see projects of our current and former scholars, check out their profiles.

Who can apply?

The HVTN will be accepting up to 8 RAMP scholars who meet the following criteria:

  • Self-identify as African-American and/or Latinx
  • Student at US medical school
  • In good academic standing
  • US citizen or US permanent resident
  • Interested in pursuing a future career in HIV research

How to Apply

Application materials and instructions can be found by clicking here


For more information, please contact:

Jenna Udren, MPH
RAMP Project Manager
HIV Vaccine Trials Network


Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Eastlake Ave., E3-300
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
Office: (206) 667-6712
judren@fredhutch.org