RAMP Scholars

RAMP Scholars

HVTN Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Program

Now accepting applications! All materials due January 28, 2015

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 a young generation of HIV prevention researchers by providing scholars 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 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 Trials Unit in the US or abroad
  • Attend and Present at an HVTN Conference
  • Maximum award of $20,000

Long-Term: 9-12 months

  • Research at an HIV Vaccine Trials Unit in the US with up to 16 weeks at an international HIV Vaccine Trials Unit
  • Can be timed with a planned masters 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 $60,000

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

Project Ideas

Project ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • What are the best practices for conducting informed consent and parental assent procedures to encourage informed participation of youth in South African HIV vaccine trials?
  • What is the scientific literacy of men who have sex with men in Boston about vaccines, pre-exposure prophylaxis, and microbicides?
  • Investigation of HIV disparities in men who have sex with men in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Apoptosis of CD4 and CD8 T-cells and B cells and how it relates to the durability of vaccine responses based at Emory University.

To see projects from our alumni scholars, check out their profiles.

Who can apply?

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

  • Medical students in the US who self-identify as African-American or Latino/a
  • Interested in pursuing a future career in HIV vaccine development research

Application Materials

If you are interested in applying, contact the RAMP Coordinator at HVTNAwards@hvtn.org. The RAMP Coordinator will connect you with investigators who can assis you in selecting a project or topic of interest and potentially serve as a mentor for that project. Applications are due by email to HVTNAwards@hvtn.org by 5:00 pm PST on January 28, 2015.

Request for Applications (pdf)

RAMP Application Form (Word doc)

Budget Form (Word doc)

Additional Resources

Mentor List (pdf)

Sample Budget (Word doc)

Scholar-Mentor Expectations Table (pdf)

Example Scholar-Mentor Agreement (Word doc)


For more information and to be connected to an HVTN investigator, please contact:

Jenna Udren, MPH
RAMP Coordinator
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