HPTN Scholars Program


The HIV Prevention Trials Network (HPTN) is proud to offer a scholarship program for early-career U.S. minority investigators funded through a supplement from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The program seeks to increase opportunities for scientists from groups under-represented in HIV prevention research. Successful applicants will be Investigators who have received their terminal degree (MD, PhD, etc.) and want to work with a mentor scientist in the Network to complete a research project based upon an existing HPTN research study.

The HPTN Scholars Program seeks to provide scholar recipients with the knowledge, skills and connections to further their careers as independent investigators in the HIV prevention research field. Scholars will:

  • Develop a research project using data from a completed or ongoing HPTN HIV prevention study and complete their scholarship project within the program cycle
  • Present the findings of their project at a scientific meeting and submit a manuscript at the end of the scholarship cycle
  • Through the experience of the program, Scholars will become knowledgeable of the process of doing research in NIH-funded HIV networks, and have the opportunity to build their research networks within the context of the HPTN

Scholars are provided funding to cover a portion of their time (typically ~ 10-30%) and expenses including travel to two HPTN annual meetings, one other professional or scientific meeting, a mid-year skills building workshop, as well as materials and supplies. Successful applicants will be funded for 18 months, subject to certain restrictions.

To learn more about current and past HPTN Scholars, click here.

Funding Opportunity Announcement for Cohort 6 (2015-2016)

In preparation for application to the program, applicants should review the available Mentors below and the studies with which they are affiliated. The applicant should contact a potential Mentor by December 1, 2014.  Mentors will review proposed projects to ensure a good fit for the Mentor and the study. 

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Potential Mentors

Domestic/ International



HPTN 033

Dr. Dave Metzger



Note: the value of this dataset may be limited to use in combination with the 058 dataset

HPTN 033 Sample CRF

HPTN 037

Dr. David Celentano
Dr. Carl Latkin
Dr. Steve Shoptaw

Domestic &



HPTN 037 Sample CRF

HPTN 058

Dr. David Celentano
Dr. Greg Lucas
Dr. Dave Metzger
Dr. Steve Shoptaw




HPTN 058 Sample CRF

HPTN 063

Dr. David Celentano
Dr. Steve Safren



Closed to Follow Up

HPTN 063 Sample CRF


Application Materials

Scholars Flyer   HPTN Scholar Application
Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA)   Scholars Program FAQ
PHS398 Grant Application (PDF)   PHS398 Sample Grant Application
PHS398 Grant Application (DOCX)  


Important Dates

Dec. 1, 2014 – contact potential mentors by this date
Jan. 16, 2015 – applications due
March 2015 – successful applicants notified

For More Information

To find out more about current and past HPTN Scholars, click here.

If you would like further information about a particular study or have questions or need more information, contact Erica Hamilton at Ehamilton@fhi360.org.