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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)


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APPLICATIONS FOR 2014 ROUND WILL BE OPEN FROM 8 DECEMBER 2013 TO 10 FEBRUARY 2014


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.

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.

Eligibility

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 behavioural 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. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact to check your eligibility.

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.
  • 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 (see FAQ for details).
  • Applicants must be able to start their fellowships before 1 June 2015.
  • Applications must be completed in English.

Application

Applications for the 2014 programme must be submitted 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). After the applicant submits his/her application, the mentor will receive an email with a link to his/her part of the application. The mentor's statement must be submitted by 18 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. Please follow this link to access the application form and the sample applications.

Selection

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

Once applications have been reviewed, the fellows will be selected. Selection is based on grades, reviewers' comments, and the maximum impact each fellowship will 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 will be made public approximately 12 weeks after the closing date. Fellows will be immediately notified by email. The fellowships must be started any time between 1 August 2014 and 1 June 2015.

Conditions

Duration: Fellowships must be served continuously for the duration of the award. Fellows must start their research before 1 June 2015.

Terms: 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 the cost of living (e.g., health and accident insurance, salary) and travel expenses. 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.

Work permit: The mentor and the host institution are 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 must provide intermediary progress reports to the IAS during the fellowship period, based on the template they will receive, as well as a final fellowship report, including an expenses report.

Before applying, applicants are advised to read the full HIV and Drug Use Research Fellowship Policies & Procedures.

Any questions may be directed by email to .

Mentors List

All fellows are required to choose a mentor in an institution different from their institution, who holds an established post for the duration of the fellowship and has a track record of at least eight years in research and training in HIV and drug use. In order to facilitate the application process and to encourage international candidates, the IAS, NIDA and ANRS are providing a list of potential mentors. The list will serve as orientation for prospective fellows, who will choose and approach an available mentor in their field to discuss the possibility of a mentorship for a specific research project.

Any questions may be directed by email to .



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.

 

 



IAS

NIDA - AIDS Research Programme

ANRS



Key dates

8 December 2013
2014 application opens

10 February 2014
2014 application closes

18 February 2014
Mentor’s statement due

May 2014
Selection of fellows and notification

20–25 July 2014
New fellows are invited to the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) to be held in Melbourne, Australia


Webinars

Join our webinars on 14 and 15 January 2014 to find out more about how to apply for the HIV and Drug Use Research Fellowship



Frequently Asked Questions

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




IAS-NIDA 2013 Award Ceremony

2 July 2013
, 9:50-10:30 am
Fellowship ceremony at IAS 2013, during the Plenary Session


©IAS/Marcus Rose/Workers' Photos