International AIDS Society


HIV & Drug Use Research Fellowship


A Joint Fellowship Programme Encouraging HIV and Drug Use Research by the International AIDS Society (IAS), the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS)


HISTORY  | FELLOWSHIP CRITERIA | APPLICATION PROCESS | TERMS AND CONDITIONS | FELLOWSHIP RECIPIENTS



The programme has CLOSED. There will be no new round in 2015. For any inquiries, please contact
NIDA International Program at .



History

With the support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the International AIDS Society (IAS) established a multinational and multidisciplinary research fellowship programme in 2009, with the goal of contributing to advances in the scientific understanding of drug use and HIV. In 2014, the programme expanded with one additional fellowship thanks to the support of the French National Agency for Research on AIDS and Viral Hepatitis (ANRS).

The fellowship programme consisted of two types of awards: US$75,000 awarded to junior scientists for 18 months of post-doctoral training; and US$75,000 awarded to well-established HIV researchers for eight months of professional development training. Both were to tale place at leading institutes excelling in research related to HIV and drug use.

Since 2009, a total of 23 fellowships have been awarded at the International AIDS Conferences and at the IAS Conferences on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention.


Fellowship Criteria

All fellows who participated in the programme had to meet the following eligibility criteria:

Post-doctoral training: Open to junior investigators with a doctoral degree (e.g., PhD) obtained no more than six years before the time of application in the fields of behavioural and social sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine, physics or public health were eligible; other fields were also considered. Applicants must have been in possesion of 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 were eligible to apply for a post-doctoral fellowship.

Professional development training:  Well-established HIV or drug use scientists, who had not previously been involved in the field of HIV-related drug use research, could apply for the professional development training. A minimum of seven years' experience beyond the post-doctoral level and with a documented scientific record that included peer-reviewed publications was mandatory.
  • Applications were encouraged from any country. As there are numerous national opportunities for research training within the US, applications from US citizens and permanent residents were not be accepted.
  • All applicants had to 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 (see FAQ for details).
  • Applications had to be completed in English.

Application Process

Applicants had to submit an online application form available on the IAS website. After the applicant submitted his/her application, the mentor received an email with a link to his/her part of the application.

Applications were screened by the IAS to ensure that they were complete and eligible. All eligible applications were independently assessed by at least two external experts (review and grading criteria can be found in the FAQ).

Selection was based on grades, reviewers' comments, and the maximum impact each fellowship would bring to the treatment and/or prevention of HIV and drug use, as well as to collective capacity building in the recipient's home country.

The outcome of the selection was made public approximately 12 weeks after the closing date. Fellows were immediately notified by email.


Terms and Conditions

Duration: Fellowships had to be served continuously for the duration of the award.

Terms: The award of US$75,000 was made available to the host institution, which provided the stipend to the fellow in accordance with its usual regulatory procedures. The stipend only covered the cost of living (e.g., health and accident insurance, salary) and travel expenses. Travel expenses could 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 could 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 were not intended to cover direct research expenses, which should have been provided for by the host institute or paid through additional grants.

Work permit: The mentor and the host institution were responsible for supporting the fellow in obtaining the necessary visa and work permit, insurance and ethical approval to conduct his/her research in accordance with national requirements and the host institution's regulatory procedures.

Reporting: Fellows and mentors were obliged to provide intermediary progress reports during the fellowship period, based on the template they received, as well as a final fellowship report, including an expenses report.



Fellowship Recipients

2014 IAS-NIDA Fellowship Programme
Four fellowships were awarded at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014), which took place in Melbourne, Australia on 20-25 July 2014.

More information is available here.

2013 IAS-NIDA Fellowship Programme
Four fellowships were awarded at the 7th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2013), which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on 30 June - 3 July 2013.

More information is available here.

2012 IAS-NIDA Fellowship Programme
Five fellowships were awarded at the XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012), which took place in Washington, USA, on 22-27 July 2012.

More information is available here.

2011 IAS-NIDA Fellowship Programme
Three fellowships were awarded at the 6th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2011), which took place in Rome, Italy, on 17-20 July 2011.

More information is available here.

2010 IAS-NIDA Fellowship Programme
Five fellowships were awarded at the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010), which took place in Vienna, Austria, on 18-23 July 2010.

More information is available here.

2009 IAS-NIDA Fellowship Programme  
The two initial fellowships were awarded at the 5th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2009), which took place in Cape Town, South Africa, on 19-22 July 2009.

More information available here.

 

 



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AIDS 2014 Award Ceremony

23 July 2014
, 8:20 - 8:30 A.M.
Fellowship ceremony at AIDS 2014, during the Plenary Session. Click here to see more photos from the award ceremony.


©IAS/James Braund

Frequently Asked Questions

Find out more about eligibility and application for the fellowship here.