About Us

Racial and ethnic diversity among HIV researchers is at a low and undesirable level. The Fostering Diversity in HIV Research Program is supported by the National Institutes of Health (R25MH119857) and designed to help overcome some of the barriers underrepresented in medicine/public health (URM) trainees face, thus advancing their careers and enriching scientific discovery. The program provides structured mentoring to create a welcoming environment for URM trainees that promotes rigorous research. It involves formal didactics and community of practice events over the course of one year, as well as high-quality mentoring tailored to each individual trainee and their stage of training.

We are recruiting a resident for the next academic year, who is interested in a gap year for mentored research, funded at the PGY3 level. Funding is also available for conference attendance, travel (if needed) and open-access manuscript publication. Candidates do not need to have a formal project or mentor at the time of application. Research concentrations fall along the HIV continuum of care domestically and/or globally, including areas such as the following:

Simple graphic naming topics under maternal health and perinatal HIV transmission, including HIV testing and outreach, PrEP delivery and adherence, linkage, retention in care, and ART adherence, and improvement in care delivery for optimal health outcomes.

Eligibility Criteria for Trainees

  • Strong enthusiasm for HIV research
  • Commitment to completion of proposed work
  • Professionalism and reliability
  • URM status according to the NIH definition: African American, Latinx, Native American, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander and/or non-US citizen of color (i.e., diaspora from Africa, Latin America or the Caribbean)
  • URM sexual and gender minorities are encouraged to apply
  • Current resident at Mass General Brigham


  • One-page cover letter explaining your interests in HIV research and overall career goals
  • CV (Harvard format)
  • Letter of recommendation


Application will be considered on a rolling basis but should be submitted by June 1, 2022.

For more information about ongoing program activities and participants, click here.

Program Leadership

Jessica Haberer, MD, MS (MGH); Sherri-Ann Burnett-Bowie, MD, MPH (MGH); Wafaie Fawzi, MBBS, DrPH (HSPH)

If you have any questions or are interested in applying, please email Jessica Haberer at jhaberer@mgh.harvard.edu or Lindsey Garrison (Program Manager) at legarrison@mgh.harvard.edu.