HIV & Drug Use Research Fellowship, USA

Deadline: 10 February 2014
Open to: those who hold a doctorate degree or equivalent from any country except US citizens and permanent residents
Fellowship: US$75,000


With the support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the International AIDS Society (IAS) established a research fellowship programme in 2009 focusing on HIV and drug use, with the goal of contributing to advances in the scientific understanding of drug use and HIV while fostering multinational research on HIV and drug use. During the first five-year round of the programme (2009-2013), a total of 18 fellowships were awarded at the International AIDS Conferences and at the IAS Conferences on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.

Following the success of the first five-year round of the fellowship programme, the programme will be extended for another year round and expanded with one additional fellowship annually thanks to the support of the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS). The IAS and NIDA warmly welcome ANRS to this partnership.


Post-doctoral training: Junior investigators with a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD) obtained no more than six years before the time of application in the fields of behavioral and social sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine, physics or public health are eligible; other fields may also be considered. Applicants must hold a doctorate or equivalent before the start of the fellowship, but not necessarily when applying. Medical doctors who obtained a medical doctor degree (e.g., MD, MBBS) no more than eight years before the time of application are eligible to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship.

Professional development training: The fellowship is geared towards well-established HIV or drug use scientists who are not involved in the field of HIV-related drug use research, with a minimum of seven years’ experience beyond post-doctoral level and with a documented scientific record that includes peer-reviewed publications.


The fellowship programme consists of two types of awards: US$75,000 to be awarded to a junior scientist for 18 months of post-doctoral training; and US$75,000 to be awarded to a well-established HIV researcher for eight months of professional development training. Both take place at leading institutes excelling in research in the HIV-related drug use field.

The award of US$75,000 will be made available to the host institution, which will provide the stipend to the fellow in accordance with its usual regulatory procedures. The stipend may cover only travel expenses and the cost of living (e.g., health and accident insurance, salary). Travel expenses include one conference attendance to present results of the research conducted during the fellowship and travel costs to the country of origin/research site during the fellowship period. The stipend may not be supplemented with similar funds intended to cover personal expenses from another fellowship, regardless of the source, including the NIH or any other US federal agency. The fellowship funds are not intended to cover direct research expenses, which should be provided for by the host institute or paid through additional grants.


Applications are encouraged from any country. As there are numerous national opportunities for research training within the US, applications from US citizens and permanent residents will not be accepted.

All applicants must choose a mentor with a minimum of eight years’ professional experience in the field of HIV-related drug use research in an institution different from their institution and be able to start their fellowships before 1 June 2015.

Applications for the 2014 programme must be submitted in English by the prospective fellow through the online application form that will be available on the IAS website from 8 December 2013 until 10 February 2014 (until midnight CET). Please refer to the sample applications and read the application guidelines on the first page of the application before applying online. Applicants will be asked to detail their research goals, provide an abstract of their proposed project, and write a research plan for the duration of their fellowship. The research project must be related to HIV and drug use, e.g., narcotics and alcohol.

Any questions may be directed by email to [email protected]

For further information, please visit the official website HERE.

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