Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in HIV Prevention

The Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS (CIRA)

CIRA seeks to prevent HIV infection and reduce the negative consequences of HIV in vulnerable and underserved populations through theory-based, interdisciplinary research. This mission is served by the expertise of HIV prevention scientists at Yale University from a broad array of disciplines, including psychology, anthropology, sociology, epidemiology, public health, biostatistics, adult and pediatric infectious diseases, operations research, medical ethics, law, and health policy. A primary objective of CIRA is to train the next generation of HIV/AIDS scientists. See CIRA's site for further information.

Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in HIV/AIDS

Through its Interdisciplinary HIV Prevention Training Program, CIRA will provide tuition and stipend for Pre-Doctoral Fellows, who will complete formal coursework, qualifying examinations, and the doctoral dissertation in the Yale School of Public Health. Additionally, Fellows will be exposed to the breadth and depth of interdisciplinary HIV prevention science through educational seminars and through their direct collaborations with CIRA scientist mentors. Fellows will gain hands-on experience in HIV-related research and interventions, and participate in all aspects of our AIDS center. Yale University will award the Ph.D. upon successful completion of the program.


Yale University provides an exceptional training environment. Through these Fellowships, new scientists are equipped with the skills to advance prevention research and to address future challenges of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and other emerging diseases. This Training Program will prepare students to think critically, and to address issues common between HIV and other diseases, such as barriers to and facilitators of behavioral change and understanding the public health response required to stem an epidemic. This HIV Prevention Training Program is unique in providing an interdisciplinary approach; a focus on vulnerable and underserved populations; a strong methodological foundation; opportunities to conduct ethically-sound, community based research, domestically and internationally; emphasis on legal, policy, and ethical analysis of HIV prevention science; and opportunities to work on both descriptive and intervention studies, studying individuals, families, social networks, communities, and society at large.

Application Procedures

Applicants must be US citizens or have non-citizen national or permanent resident status at the time of application. Applications from minority students are strongly encouraged. Past experience in HIV-related research is not required, but a commitment to this area of inquiry should be articulated in your personal statement. Applicationdeadline is December 15.

Notification of acceptance and fellowship awards are generally made during March or April. On-line applications are used - see the website of the Graduate School for information and applications.