Application Requirements

Medical Student

  • Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
    • Goals for the project
    • Relevance and novelty of the topic
    • Plan for pursuing research, clinical training or a medical education project
    • Mentorship plan
    • Interest in infectious diseases or HIV
    • Other potential funding sources
  • A Current CV for the applicant
  • Mentor – Coordinate with your mentor to ensure the following are submitted before the application deadline.


  • Letter of Support from an IDSA/HIVMA member agreeing to serve as a mentor for the duration of the project. Letters should not exceed two pages in length.
  • An NIH biosketch or CV (5 page limit) for the mentor

Additional Eligibility Considerations

Who can apply?
Applicants must be medical students (first, second or third year and those in combined degree programs including MD/MPH and MD/PhD) from an accredited allopathic or osteopathic medical school in the U.S.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents pursuing medical school outside of the U.S. (including Caribbean and off-shore institutions) are also eligible to apply. These students should be interested in pursuing specialty training in the U.S.

What are acceptable areas of clinical training, education development or research?

Acceptable areas include research, clinical training, medical education activities, quality improvement or antimicrobial stewardship projects focused on ID/HIV. Activities include all facets of infectious diseases and HIV including epidemiology, microbiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.  The scholarship activity must focus on pediatric or adult infectious disease including HIV and may involve either clinical or research activities. Acceptable clinical activities can range from working with an ID consultant to participation in clinical trials or any other clinically relevant activities.

Is it possible to apply to do a joint project with another student?
No, joint projects are not eligible for funding.

How long does the letter of support need to be?
The letter of support should not exceed two pages.

When will recipients be notified?
Recipients of the G.E.R.M. program grant will be notified in late March 2019.

Can my project have an international focus?
Yes, as long as the project is related to the fields of infectious diseases or HIV.

Can award funding be applied to tuition expenses?
No, award funding may not be applied to tuition expenses but the funding can be used to defray living expenses during the project period.

Am I eligible to apply if I have already received (or expect to receive) other sources of funding for my project?
Yes, you may still apply but should specify how the IDSA Foundation funding will enhance or extend the  project or foster your ability to complete the project.  Projects without other sources of funding may be rated more favorably during the review process depending on how the IDSA Foundation grant will contribute to the project.

Can IDSA and HIVMA members mentor more than one medical student?

Members may not mentor more than one medical student during each grant cycle.

I am a recipient of the HIVMA Medical Students Program, will I still receive my funding?

Funding for HIVMA Medical Student Program participants will continue for 2019 and 2020 according to the award letters, but no new HIVMA Medical Student Program awards will be granted.