Applying to the Institute

The Fordham HIV Prevention Research Ethics Training Institute offers ethics training and awards each fellow a small grant to conduct a mentored research project that will contribute to evidenced-based HIV and related drug use research ethics policies and procedures.  In addition, the Institute creates and maintains an ongoing information and collaborative research network fostering grant proposals, research, publications, and pedagogical materials to sustain advancements in national and international HIV research ethics practices and policies involving drug using and other vulnerable groups.  The Institute is directed by Celia B. Fisher, Ph.D., internationally recognized expert in evidence-based research ethics policy and practice.

RETI fellows make a 2-year commitment that includes fully funded travel, lodging and meals for participation in summer programs held in 2014 and 2015 conducted by our interdisciplinary faculty of experts in HIV and substance abuse research ethics faculty.

The summer institutes offers lectures, discussions, skill-based exercises and mentoring for fellows to:

(a) Gain expertise in national and international HIV research ethics issues including post-trial care, informed consent, culturally sensitive evaluation of research risks and benefit among drug using and other at-risk populations.

(b) Acquire skills to draw on stakeholder perspectives to empirically examine research ethics challenges and to design and implement ethics enhancing interventions

(c) Receive funding to develop, implement and disseminate findings from their mentored research project.

(d) Obtain continuous assistance in writing for publication, presentation and future funding.

Mentored Research Project    (MRP)
During the first summer institute, fellows receive mentoring and faculty and peer feedback on the design of their mentored research project. Fellows receive a small grant of up to $18,000 for the MRP upon project approval. Data collection is expected to be completed during year 1 and findings submitted for publication, presentation or as pilot data for an NIH grant in year two.

Applicants must have: (a) a medical or doctoral degree awarded between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2013 in social, behavioral, public health or related fields, (b) demonstrated scholarship in HIV prevention research; (c) 10 years or less post-doctoral experience; and (d) meet requirements to apply for NIH funding. Special attention will be given to those applicants whose proposed research ethics plan includes drug-using populations. International applicants residing outside the U.S. & Canada may apply to the Institute as Santander fellows.

Applications must be received by February 25, 2014. Applicants will be notified of award decisions by April 1, 2014.

Please visit our website for more information on applying to the Institute, including application requirements, and/or contact Elizabeth Yuko at for more information.

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