HYNES CONVENTION CENTER

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March 4–7, 2018

 

Community Educator Scholarship

CROI invites community educators who work in community HIV research, prevention, or treatment education programs to apply for a Community Educator Scholarship. Scholarship awardees must demonstrate an established commitment to sharing their knowledge and experience with their community, as well as an ability to expand community research literacy.

CROI is an intensely science-focused meeting during which a large volume of data- and research-based HIV information is presented. The CROI Community Education Scholarship is awarded to individuals who demonstrate a motivation to learn and apply the science of HIV prevention, treatment and cure science concepts, and those who demonstrate the competency and skills to translate the science to community research literacy programs.

There are 3 types of Community Educator Scholarships:

  • Full Scholarship covers up to US $750 (domestic) OR lowest international air fare (generally up to US $1500) to and from resource-limited countries, up to 5 nights hotel accommodations at the discounted scholarship rate, and conference registration fee. A daily stipend may also be provided for awardees from resource-limited countries.
  • Partial Scholarship covers a combination of 2 of the above.
  • Registration Only Scholarship covers the conference registration fee.

Scholarships are limited and are highly competitive. Applicants must be actively involved in HIV in their communities. Only candidates affiliated with HIV research, prevention, or treatment education organizations will be considered (note: limit of 2 applications per organization).

Motivation, competency and skills to provide community research literacy of the applicants are assessed based on the quality of the application, a letter of recommendation, and the level of financial need. The selection committee will consider the following: 1) experience in HIV science and medicine research, treatment, or prevention education, 2) application quality, 3) work setting, 4) literacy level in HIV science and evidence of strong command of English, and 4) applicant’s degree of financial need.

  • Preference is given to individuals who
    • have demonstrated the capacity and commitment to deliver science- and research-based HIV education directly to affected and infected communities at the ground level.
    • engage in community education efforts beyond those related to direct-to-consumer prevention services (including biomedical-focused services) and/or recruiting and consenting HIV clinical trial participants.
  • The CLS does not seek those whose primary function is at a policy level or whose primary interest is in other areas of HIV advocacy/activism.
  • Medical professionals, administrators, researchers, and media professionals are not eligible for the scholarship.

Community Educator Scholarship awardees are expected to attend the full conference, including the Program Committee Workshop for New Investigators and Trainees. After CROI they must also submit (by a date to be provided) a summary of their efforts to use and to share the information they learned at the CROI with their communities.

Travel

Scholarship awardees must book travel through the CROI travel agency, Altour. Any travel cost in excess of the scholarship award or travel not booked through the CROI travel agency is the responsibility of the scholarship awardee and must be paid at the time of booking. Scholarship awardees are responsible for the cost of transportation to and from the airport or train station, and any luggage fees.

Hotel Accommodations

If the scholarship award does not include hotel accommodations, Community Educator Scholarship awardees are responsible for the cost of their hotel. Discounted hotel rates are available to scholarship awardees and the rates displayed on the CROI housing website are the discounted rates. All attendees must book a hotel through the CROI registration and housing system. If you have a financial hardship or do not have a credit card to reserve a hotel room, please e-mail CROIscholarships@iasusa.org.

Reimbursement

Scholarship awardees will not be reimbursed. In lieu of reimbursement, scholarship awardees will be awarded a specified limit for their air, rail, or bus travel expenses. Any travel cost in excess of the scholarship award or travel not booked through the CROI travel agency is the responsibility of the scholarship award and must be paid at the time of booking. Unless otherwise specified in the scholarship award, scholarship awardees are responsible for the cost of their hotel.

How to Apply

Please note: The questions below are provided for your information only. You must e-mail your application and letter of recommendation to CROIscholarships“at”iasusa.org when the application period opens on August 30, 2017. Applications submitted before the application period opens will not be considered.

The application for the Community Educator Scholarship includes the questions listed below. The application also requires submission of a signed letter of recommendation on official letterhead from the applicant’s affiliated organization, along with contact information for the signer.

Community Educator Scholarship applicants are not required to submit a scientific abstract, but complete applications must be submitted by the deadline. Incomplete applications will not be scored or considered. The process is time consuming and we urge applicants to begin preparing the application materials early, well before the submission period opens. The questions and required materials are outlined below.

Once the submission period opens on August 30 you must submit your prepared application and supporting material to CROIscholarships“at”iasusa.org. Please follow these steps:

  • Follow the directions to answer all required questions
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation from the affiliated organization listed on your application
  • Review and submit your application and letter of recommendation as attachments to CROIscholarships“at”iasusa.org

The application submission deadline is September 27, 2017, 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Scholarship award dispositions will be e-mailed on or about December 1, 2017.

CROI Community Educator Scholarship Application Questions

  1. How many years of experience do you have providing HIV science and research education to communities?
  2. Regarding your HIV science and research education work, with what primary organization are you currently affiliated? *
    1. Name of organization
    2. Brief general description of the organization
    3. Organization’s home location
    4. Your job title
    5. Your specific responsibilities / contributions
    6. Length of affiliation (provide approximate beginning and ending dates)
    7. Hours worked per week
    8. Specific populations you currently target / reach
  3. List the 2 most significant additional organizations for which you have provided HIV science and research education to communities within the last 5 years. For each, provide:
    1. Name of organization
    2. Brief general description of the organization
    3. Organization’s home location
    4. Your job title
    5. Your specific responsibilities / contributions
    6. Length of affiliation (provide approximate beginning and ending dates)
    7. Hours worked per week
    8. Specific populations you currently worked with
  4. List up to 2 HIV/AIDS conferences that you attended within the last 2 years during which you learned a lot about HIV science and research. For each, provide:
    1. Name of conference
    2. Year attended
    3. Location
    4. Size (approximate number of participants)
    5. What you learned (Please be specific)
    6. How attending this conference impacted your work
  5. List up to 3 HIV treatment or prevention education events during which you provided or helped provide education to affected or infected communities in the last 2 years. Prioritize those with significant science and research-based content. For each, provide:
    1. Name of event
    2. Sponsoring organization
    3. Year of event
    4. Location
    5. Topics covered
    6. Specific populations targeted
    7. Number of community members in attendance
  6. What do you think are the most important HIV prevention or treatment challenges currently facing the communities you serve? Use up to 2000 characters, including spaces.
  7. What is the role of HIV research in addressing these challenges? Use up to 2000 characters, including spaces.
  8. How did you try to address these challenges?
  9. What do you hope to learn at the CROI?
  10. Describe your plan to use and/or share what you’ve learned at CROI to your community. Be specific.

Letter of Recommendation

* Your letter of recommendation should be provided by this organization

Your scholarship application must be submitted with a signed letter of recommendation from an officer or supervising staff member of your primary organization of affiliation (listed in question 2). The letter should substantiate your affiliation and generally support the content of your application; it should attest to your reliability, motivation, and commitment sharing lessons learned at CROI. The letter must include the signer’s name, the signer’s signature, and the signer’s email address.

Your completed application and letter of recommendation must be received no later than September 27, 2017, 5:00 PM Eastern Time. Community Educator Scholarship award disposition letters will be e-mailed on or about December 1, 2017.

Questions regarding the Community Educator Scholarship may be addressed to CROIscholarships“at”iasusa.org.