RAMP Scholars

RAMP Scholars

HVTN Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Program for African-American and Latino/a Medical Students

Now accepting applications! All materials due January 13, 2016!

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 Latino/a 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 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 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 $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:

  • Evaluate a community engagement strategy of storytelling through social media accounts using images
  • Sexual risk behaviors and HIV awareness and attitudes among intravenous drug users
  • Droplet digital PCR quantitation of virus specific T cells during natural infection or after vaccination
  • BMI and relationship to HIV vaccine immune response
  • Willingness to participate in vaccine trials in South Africa

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 that meet the following criteria:

  • Self-identify as African-American and/or Latino/a
  • Student at US-based medical school
  • In good academic standing
  • US citizen or US permanent resident
  • Interested in pursuing a future career in HIV vaccine development or HIV prevention 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 assist 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 13, 2016.

Request for Applications

RAMP Application Form

Budget Form


Additional Resources

Mentor List

Sample Budget

Scholar-Mentor Expectations Table

Example Scholar-Mentor Agreement

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