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Equal emphasis is placed on all the materials submitted: the candidate (based on CV), the career development plan, the research proposal, the mentor (based on letter of support), and the relationship to the NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research. Please read the information below for additional guidance on addressing each component. Applicants should submit a single electronic package containing the following documents to Dr. Natasha Lugo Escobar at

Please use “IARF 2022_Last Name, First Name, IC” as the SUBJECT line. All materials should be submitted by 12:00 pm (EDT) on Tuesday June 7th, 2022.

The application package should include:

  1.  Cover Page: On the cover page, please provide the following information:

    • Project title
    • Applicant’s full name and title
    • Mentor’s name and title
    • Sponsoring IC
    • Proposed start date
    • The signatures of the proposed mentor and the IC Scientific Director (or designee), indicating their approval of the submission and that the proposal was indeed written by the applicant.
  2. The Applicant’s Curriculum Vitae (CV):

  3. Research Plan:

    • Limited to four pages, single-spaced, including references. ·       Please ensure font size is easy to read (font size10 recommended as a minimum).
    • Demonstrates relevance and significant impact to advance HIV and HIV-related research
    • Can be accomplished during the one-year fellowship period (feasibility)
    • Includes clear and realistic aims
    • Proposes an innovative or novel scientific approach
  4. Relationship to the NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research:

    • Might be included as part of the research plan or as a separate document (no longer than half a page)
    • Explicitly states its relevance to the research project.
    • Directly addresses one or more of the NIH HIV Research Priorities
  5. Career Development Plan:

    • Limited to two pages, double-spaced
    • Clearly states the applicant’s career goals or the stage of career exploration the applicant is in. It should discuss in detail the applicant’s training needs and what, specifically, will be done during the year of support to move towards those goals. Be specific on the types of activities/workshops/training that will be taken. The relationship of these activities to the long-range career plans of the applicant and the skills that the trainee will learn, both at and away from the bench, must be described.
    • May address gaps in knowledge or scientific/technical skills
    • Describes how applicant will use resources offered by OITE, IC, or other groups
    • Feasible to complete during the one-year fellowship period
    • Demonstrates applicant taking necessary steps to develop a productive scientific career
  6. A letter of support from the proposed mentor:
  • Describes strong mentorship history of postdocs and/or graduate      students
  • Demonstrates support to a variety of career paths as evidenced by former mentees career outcomes
  • Discusses the applicant’s career goals and supports/encourages participation in appropriate IC and OITE-sponsored training activities
  • Shows a strong scientific research history to provide expertise on the proposed research project. Describes research environment, facilities, and resources available to the applicant to successfully complete the project
  • Expresses a commitment to helping the applicant meet their career goals