How To Apply

Your career as an HIV/AIDS specialist could prevent an HIV/AIDS outbreak, keep people living with HIV healthily, or find a cure. Learn how our HIVMA Medical Students program could help you discover if a career in the field of HIV is right for you.


Your Choice, The Next Breakthrough

As a medical student, you have many options in which to take your training and career, but there aren’t many with as far-reaching an impact as the sub-specialty of infectious diseases and HIV. That’s’ why we developed the HIVMA Medical Students Program to address the urgent need for more HIV specialists to provide clinical care for people living with HIV from under-served populations and to conduct research to continue advancing the field.  This is the time to take a closer look at the impact of  infectious diseases and HIV physicians on the remarkable advances in HIV medicine and now onward efforts to end the HIV epidemic.

While incidence rates have gone down, according to the World Health Organization an estimated 1.8 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2016 – that’s about 5,000 new infections per day. In the U.S., more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV today, but 1 in 7 of them don’t know it.  The need for skilled HIV specialists to treat these people is underscored by the fact that by 2019, the number of new HIV cases will outpace the number of new specialists entering the. The decision to pursue ID and become an HIV specialist can save lives.

The IDSA Foundation is striving to combat these alarming trends by creating opportunities to fuel the pipeline for new ID and HIV specialists. The HIVMA Medical Students program awards grants for up to three years to medical student/mentor pairs to support a longitudinal HIV-related clinical learning and/or research project and mentor relationship during medical school.

HOW TO BECOME an HIVMA MEDICAL student awardee

First, second or third year medical students are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is February 15, 2019. Notifications will be made in April 2019.

Applications will be reviewed and scored by members of the HIVMA Medical Students Program Committee.

Awardees receive a $3,500 stipend per year with an additional $1,000 for the mentor/institution for incidental expenses, such as supplies, conference registration, etc. Students also will receive a free HIVMA/IDSA membership.

Students are required to complete a pre-program at the beginning and post-program survey at the end in the research year.


  • Completion of the online application.
  • Letter of Support from an IDSA member or fellow agreeing to serve as a mentor for the term of the scholarship. Letters should not exceed two pages in length.
  • Applicant CV
  • Please direct all questions about your application or eligibility to


Who can apply?
Applicants must be medical students (first, second or third year) from an accredited medical school in the U.S. Students pursuing an MD/PhD are eligible to apply.

Is it possible to apply to do a joint research project?
Yes, joint projects are welcomed but each participant must apply separately.

How long does my personal statement need to be?
The personal statement on the online application should not exceed 500 words. There is no minimum.

How long does the letter of support need to be?
The letter of support should not exceed two pages. There is no minimum.

When will recipients be notified?
Recipients of the Medical Students Program will be notified in April.

Can my research have an international focus?
Yes, as long as it has an HIV focus.

Can award funding be applied to tuition expenses?
No, award funding may not be applied to tuition expenses.

Am I eligible to apply if I have already received (or expect to receive) other sources of funding for my research project?
Unfortunately, you would not be eligible to apply. We aim to support high quality research projects that do not have other sources of funding.