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Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships for HIV Prevention in Communities of Color


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. The program is led by the DHAP Office of Health Equity (DHAP OHE).

CDC’s 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. CDC’s domestic HIV prevention research efforts are concentrated in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), 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 chart)

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 year.1 Additionally, in 2011, an estimated 49,273 people were diagnosed with HIV infection; of these, 79% of diagnoses were among males and 21% were among females.2 The estimated number and estimated rate of diagnoses of HIV infection remained stable from 2008-2011.2

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 63% of all new HIV infections in 2010.>1 Further, of the 49,273 cases of HIV infections diagnosed in 2011 among adults and adolescents, approximately 65% were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact (includes male-to-male sexual contact and injection drug use).2 Among racial/ethnic groups, blacks/African Americans are the most disproportionately affected population. In 2011, 44% of the estimated new HIV infection among adults and adolescents were among blacks/African Americans.1 Twenty-one percent of the total estimated new HIV infections among adults and adolescents were among Hispanics/Latinos.1

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. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Estimated HIV Incidence in the United States, 2007–2010. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2012;17(No.4). Published December 2012.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rates of diagnoses of HIV infection among adults and adolescents, by area of residence, 2011 – United States and 6 dependent areas. HIV surveillance report, Volume 23. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2013. Published February 2013.
  3. Purcell DW, Johnson C, Lansky A, Prejean J. Stein R, Denning P, Gaul Z, Weinstock H, Su J, Crepaz, N. Estimating the population size of men who have sex with men in the United States to obtain HIV and syphilis rates. Open AIDS, 2012; 6:(Suppl 1: M6) 98-107.

Fellowship Description

The fellowship seeks doctoral-level researchers (e.g., behavioral scientists, epidemiologists, social scientists, evaluators, 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 December 31, 2008 and no later than December 31, 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.

Three (3) 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.


Applicants must have completed all requirements for and been awarded a doctorate within the past five years, i.e., no earlier than December 31, 2008 and no later than December 31, 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.

Related ExperienceStipend
M.D. or Ph.D. or equivalentNoMaximum stipend is equal to GS-11, Step 1 ($59,987)
M.D. or Ph.D. or equivalentAt least 2 years of related post-graduate work (determined by HR review)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.

See descriptions of 2002-2011 fellows.

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. Conduct or participate in one site visit;
  2. Design, conduct, and interpret an analysis on public health data (activities led by DHAP OHE);
  3. Write and submit a scientific manuscript for a peer-reviewed journal (activity led by Branch);
  4. Present a paper or poster at one scientific meeting (activity led by Branch);
  5. Give an oral presentation at a TRIP seminar or Thursday Health Equity Lunch and Learn Session; and
  6. Attend monthly scientific meetings on emerging public health issues coordinated by the Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention Health Equity Office

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.

See Questions and Answers.

Application and Deadline

Applications will be accepted no earlier than August 1, 2013 and no later than September 30, 2013.
The fellowship will begin January 1, 2014 and end December 31, 2015, subject to availability of funds.
Click here for the application materials (per ORISE). Completed application should be sent electronically to Dr. Donna Hubbard McCree at

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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