RAMP Scholar Grants


HVTN Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Grants

Seeking African-American and Hispanic medical students interested in HIV vaccine research

Are you an African-American or Hispanic medical student interested in exploring a future career in HIV vaccine development research? The HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) is now accepting applications for Research and Mentorship Program (RAMP) Scholar Award, supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and NIAID.

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
  • 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
  • Maximum award of $60,000

Mentor-Mentee Matchup

Project Ideas
Project ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Identifying high-risk sub-populations in the Nyanga District of South Africa
  • Examination of B cell responses in high-risk populations in Rochester
  • Assessing providers and at-risk community members' readiness to participate in HIV prevention research trials in Boston
  • Planning for home STI screening among men who have sex with men in San Francisco

The HVTN will award up to 8 scholars who meet the following criteria:
  • Attend a U.S. medical school
  • Self-identify as African American, Black, Hispanic, and/or Latino/a
  • Express an interest to pursue a career in HIV vaccine research

Application Materials
Applications are due to HVTNawards@fhcrc.org by February 24, 2014 at 5:00pm PST. Notifications of award will be in early April 2014.

Example Timelines for RAMP Projects

For more information
For more information and to be personally connected with a mentor and project, contact:

Blythe Adamson, MPH
Project Manager, Training Initiatives
HIV Vaccine Trials Network
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Eastlake Ave., E3-300
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
Office: (206) 667-6712
Mobile: (253) 225-4466