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Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships for HIV Prevention in Communities of Color
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The application period for the Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships for HIV Prevention in Communities of Color is now open.  Please check the ORISE Web site for application materials.


Mission
CDCís HIV Prevention Research Efforts
The HIV Epidemic
Fellowship Description
Applicants
Required Fellowship Activities
Office Support
Application and Deadline

Mission

The mission of this fellowship program is to recruit, mentor, and train investigators to conduct domestic HIV and AIDS prevention research in communities of color. The fellows will be located in the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

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CDCís HIV Prevention Research Efforts

CDC's HIV mission is to prevent HIV infection and reduce the incidence of HIV-related illness and death, in collaboration with community, state, national and international partners. CDCís domestic HIV prevention research efforts are concentrated in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP). The mission of NCHHSTP is to maximize public health and safety nationally and internationally through the elimination, prevention, and control of disease, disability, and death caused by HIV/AIDS, non-HIV retroviruses, viral hepatitis, other STDs, and tuberculosis. DHAP, in cooperation with other CDC components, administers operational programs for the prevention of HIV and AIDS and conducts surveillance, epidemiologic, and behavioral research to monitor HIV and AIDS-related trends and risk behaviors. The resulting data provide a basis for developing interventions, directing prevention resources, and evaluating programs. Many of these research activities are targeted to reducing racial/ethnic disparities in new HIV infections in the United States. (organization charts PDF Icon)

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The HIV Epidemic

It is estimated that about 1.1 million (1,148,200) adults and adolescents are living with HIV infection in the United States and approximately 50,000 new infections occur each year1 Additionally, in 2010, an estimated 48,079 adults and adolescents were diagnosed with HIV infection; of these, 79% of diagnoses were among males and 21% were among females.2 The estimated number of diagnoses of HIV infection among both males and females remained stable from 2007-2010.2

HIV disproportionately affects certain populations. Men who have sex with men (MSM) remain the group most heavily affected by HIV, accounting for approximately 2% of the US population3 and more than half of all new infections.1 Further, of the 48,079 HIV infections diagnosed in 2010 among adults and adolescents, approximately 61% were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact.2 Among racial/ethnic groups, the impact of HIV is greatest among blacks/African Americans. In 2010, 45% of the total estimated number of diagnoses of HIV infection among adults and adolescents were among blacks/African Americans.2 Twenty-two percent of the total estimated number of diagnoses of HIV infection among adults and adolescents were among Hispanics/Latinos.2

Despite the statistics, there is significant evidence that prevention works. HIV counseling and testing reduce risk behaviors and help link persons living with HIV to medical care and treatment. For persons living with HIV and for those at risk for HIV infection, behavioral interventions significantly reduce risk behaviors and sexually transmitted infections. The current HIV incidence and prevalence estimates underscore the need to reach all populations at risk for HIV with effective prevention programs and serve as an urgent reminder that we all--as individuals, as communities, and as a nation--must do more to prevent the further spread of HIV and its devastating effects.


  1. Prejean J, Song R, Hernandez A, et al. Estimated HIV incidence in the United States, 2006--2009. PLoS One 2011;6:e17.
  2. CDC. Diagnoses of HIV infection and AIDS in the United States and dependent areas, 2010. HIV surveillance report, Volume 22. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2011. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/surveillance/resources/reports/2010report/index.htm. Accessed June 1, 2012.
  3. 3. Purcell DW, Johnson C, Lansky A, Prejean J. Stein R, Denning P, Gaul Z, Weinstock H, Su J, Crepaz, N. (2012). Estimating the population size of men who have sex with men in the United States to obtain HIV and syphilis rates. Open AIDS, in press.

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Fellowship Description

The fellowship seeks four (4) doctoral-level researchers (e.g., behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, social scientists, evaluators, educators, economists, anthropologists, or MDs with research training and/or experience). Applicants must have completed their doctorates within the past five (5) years (i.e., no earlier than May 2008 and no later than May 2013). Applicants with documented evidence of research expertise or experience in communities of color, (i.e., African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, American Indians/Alaska Natives, and Asians/Pacific Islanders), are preferred.

Four (4) successful applicants will be matched within one of the Branch listed below. Please click on the link for a description of the Branch. Specifics on the training positions will be provided during the interview process and the final selection of activities will be determined by the mentor and the fellow.

Upon completion of this program, participants will be able to design, conduct, and evaluate scientifically sound, culturally appropriate, HIV and AIDS prevention research activities in communities of color.

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Applicants

Applicants must have completed all requirements for and been awarded a doctorate within the past five years, i.e., no earlier than May 2008 and no later than May 2013. Successful applicants will be required to re-locate to Atlanta for the 2-year fellowship appointment. Stipends will vary based on educational credentials and related experience. Following are some general guidelines for stipend ranges.

Educational Credentials Related Experience Stipend
M.D. or Ph.D. or equivalent No Maximum stipend is equal to GS-11, Step 1 ($59,987)
M.D. or Ph.D. or equivalent At least 2 years of related post-graduate work Stipend is equal to GS-12, Step 1 ($71,901). More salary steps at this degree level may be added for additional related post-graduate work experience up to a maximum equal to GS 12 step 4 ($79,090).

The monthly stipend of a full time participant may not exceed the equivalent of a GS-12 step 4 on the Atlanta locality pay table ($79,090) unless on a faculty appointment.
    Note: All salaries quoted here are based on 2010 federal salary tables.

Click here for descriptions of 2002-2011 fellows.

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Required Fellowship Activities

Mentors and fellows will collaborate to develop a list of diverse research activities that they will complete together over the two year training period. These activities will be based on the fellow's area(s) of interest, training, and expertise. The activities listed below represent the minimum requirements that all fellows must complete. Documentation of completion for each activity is required at the end of each year and is the responsibility of both the mentor and the fellow.

  1. Produce a first draft of one manuscript for peer review per year.
    The fellow must be first author on a least one manuscript. The type of manuscript produced should be determined by the mentor and fellow.
  2. Assist the mentor in developing a research study protocol if applicable.
    Examples of this activity include developing a section of an IRB protocol or developing the background and design sections of a Request for Funding Announcement.
  3. Develop and deliver an oral or poster presentation at an international, domestic, or CDC scientific meeting (seminar, branch meeting, TRIP, etc.).
  4. Attend and participate in a CDC-sponsored site visit for a funded research study if applicable.
  5. Assist the mentor in a review of a manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal.
     

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Office Support

Office Support will include office space, computer, appropriate software, phone, mail and clerical services and other equipment as required and approved. Funds for travel will be available as appropriate.

Click here for Questions and Answers.

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Application and Deadline

Applications will be accepted no earlier than November 1, 2012 and no later than December 31, 2012

The fellowship will begin August 1, 2013 and end July 31, 2015, subject to availability of funds.

Click here for the application materials.

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For more information contact:

Dr. Donna Hubbard McCree
Associate Director for Health Equity, CDC/NCHHSTP/DHAP

This web page was prepared by the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) through an interagency agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities under DOE contract number DE-AC05-06OR23100.

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