RAMP Scholars


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, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 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 Track for the 2020-2021 Cycle

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 will be 8-10 weeks (onsite portion).

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

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


Project Options

Prevalence of Hepatitis infection among high-risk women participating in a HIV vaccine trial in Lilongwe Malawi
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Evaluating participant anxiety while awaiting algorithmic HIV test results and evaluating possible vaccine-induced sero-positivity (VISP) social harms among women at a South African site in the HVTN 705/VAC89220HPX2008 trial
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Transforming STI care in South Africa: Impact of point-of-care STI testing for Gonorrhoea, Chlamydia and Trichomoniasis in HVTN trials
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A multisite investigation of the factors affecting Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) uptake among trial participants in South Africa of HVTN 705/HPX2008: The Imbokodo Study.
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To see projects of our current and former scholars, check out their profiles.


Who can apply?

The HVTN will be accepting up to 4 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

Please visit How To Apply.


For more information, please contact:

Linda Oseso, MPH
RAMP Program Manager
HIV Vaccine Trials Network

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Eastlake Ave., E3-300
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
Office: (206) 667-2175