Program in Global Health David Geffen School of Medicine


Education and Training

Education and Training

Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Global HIV/AIDS Prevention Research

The UCLA Program in Global Health maintains its Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program in Global HIV/AIDS Prevention Research to prepare physician, social, behavioral, and professional scientists for academic research careers focused on understanding and preventing HIV disease globally. The program is funded by the NIH through a T32 mechanism, and supports 2 new fellows each year--one a physician specializing in adult or pediatric infectious diseases, and one a social/behavioral scientist or a graduate with a doctoral degree from a relevant professional field (such as public health, public policy, nursing, business, law, etc).

The fellowship lasts 3 years, and a successful graduate of the training program will have secured a master's degree (or completed equivalent work); completed at least one major developing country HIV prevention research project; participated in other research projects; made a research presentation in at least one major scientific conference; published as a first author in leading scientific journals, and received a mulityear grant related to HIV prevention in the developing world to take into a first faculty position.

Original research is the heart of the fellowship, and our efforts will be focused on ensuring that the fellows develop well so that they can become independent investigators. In year 1, in addition to securing an advanced degree, the fellows will design a research protocol and also write the first draft of an initial grant. They will also have access to large data sets and engage in secondary data analyses and submit papers for publication.

Academic training will focus on the completion of a master's degree in public health, public policy, or clinical research from UCLA. Fellows will learn the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative research. In addition, fellows will participate in ongoing seminars, peer review, and relevant conferences.

Professional development will focus on grant preparation, data analysis, manuscript preparation, and presentation and teaching skills. We offer focused training in the ethical conduct of research, with an emphasis on the difficult and evolving issues of conducting research in resource-poor settings.

Current Program in Global Health Fellows are:

-- Joseph Daniels, PhD
-- Shu Farmer, PhD
-- Ted Gideonse, PhD
-- Seema Mehta, MD
-- Jennifer Hoffman, MD
-- Sanghyuk Shin, PhD

If you would like to receive more information about the fellowship program, please email Greg Szekeres at: Please include your CV if you think you may apply. Please note that all fellows must be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents at the time of appointment.

You may download the application form/instructions. NOTE: Please contact Greg Szekeres at: PRIOR to applying to ensure you meet the eligibility criteria.

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