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 pdf icon[PDF – 206 KB])

The Epidemiology of HIV in the United States

It is estimated that more than 1.1 million adults and adolescents are living with HIV infection in the United States.1 In 2017, an estimated 38,739 people received an HIV diagnosis; of these, 81% of diagnoses were among males and 19% were among females.

HIV disproportionately affects certain populations. Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) remain the group most heavily affected by HIV accounting for 66% of all diagnoses in 2017. By race/ethnicity, African Americans and Hispanics/Latinos experience the greatest burden of HIV infection accounting for 44% and 25%, respectively, of HIV diagnoses in 2017.2

In 2019, The President announced a new initiative, Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for Americaexternal icon. The initiative will focus on four key strategies – Diagnose, Treat, Protect, and Respond – to reduce new HIV infections by 75% in five years and 90% in ten years. These goals will be achieved by providing additional expertise, technology and resources to communities disproportionately affected by HIV in the United States.

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. HIV Surveillance Report, 2017; vol. 29. Published November 2018. Accessed April 22, 2019.
  2. Fauci AS, Redfield RR, Sigounas G, Weahkee MD, Giroir BP. Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for the United States. JAMA. 2019; 321(9):844-845. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.1343

Fellowship Description

The fellowship seeks 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 December 2014 and no later than December 2019). 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) in the United States are preferred.

Three (3) successful applicants will be matched within one of the Offices or Branches listed below. 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 in the United States.


Applicants must have completed all requirements for and been awarded a doctorate within the past five years, i.e., no earlier than December 2014 and no later than December 2019. 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 Experience Stipend
M.D. or Ph.D. or equivalent No Maximum stipend is equal to GS-11, Step 1 ($65,448)
M.D. or Ph.D. or equivalent At least 2 years of related post-graduate work Stipend is equal to GS-12, Step 1 ($78,446).
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 ($86,291).The monthly stipend of a full time participant may not exceed the equivalent of a GS-12 step 4 on the Atlanta locality pay tableexternal icon ($86,291) unless on a faculty appointment.
Note: All salaries quoted here are based on 2017 federal salary tables.

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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 mentoring and training opportunities for all fellows.

  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.

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Application and Deadline

Applications will be accepted no earlier than September 1, 2019 and no later than October 31, 2019.

The fellowship is scheduled to begin in January 2020, subject to availability of funds.

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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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Who is eligible for this particular fellowship?

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (PhD, ScD, DrPH) in the behavioral sciences, social sciences, epidemiology, public health, or MD plus MPH (or expect their degree by December 31, 2019). Applicants with documented research expertise or experience in communities of color (African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, American Indian/Native Americans, Asian/Pacific Islanders) in the United States are preferred.