CROI invites undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows in the fields of HIV, hepatitis viruses, and SARS-CoV-2 science and medicine to apply for a New Investigator Scholarship. 

CROI Going Hybrid in 2022: CROI is currently planned to include both virtual and in-person participation from February 12 through 16, 2022. The in-person component, hosted in Denver, Colorado, USA, will feature additional sessions and networking opportunities. The CROI Scientific Program Committee will monitor the COVID-19 pandemic carefully in terms of changes in the safety and practicality of hosting an in-person component. Additional information will be posted as it becomes available. 

Scholarship Application Submission is Closed

Scholarship dispositions will be sent by email on December 10, 2021.

Scholarship Details

Scholarship Award 

Recipients of a New Investigator award will receive complimentary access to the conference and may include travel expenses and access to priority housing. 

Scholarship Criteria 

Scholarships are awarded based on the quality of the abstract, application, and letter of recommendation. New Investigator Scholarship recipients must be the presenting author of an accepted abstract. 

All scholarship recipients are required to participate (in-person or virtually) in the full conference, including the Program Committee Workshop for New Investigators and Trainees. At the close of the conference, scholarship recipients must have completed the daily and overall conference evaluations. 

Scholarship recipients who believe that they may not be able to commit to participate (in-person or virtually) in the entire conference can choose 1 of the following 3 options: 

  1. Adjust other conflicting commitments, participate (in-person or virtually) in the full conference, and maintain the scholarship 
  2. Decline the scholarship, pay the full registration fee, present their work, and not be required to participate (in-person or virtually) in the full conference 
  3. Choose not to participate (in-person or virtually) in the conference and assign a coauthor to present the work at the conference 

Scholarship recipients are limited to a total of 3 scholarships. Due to the transition of CROI 2020 from an in-person to a virtual conference, scholarships received that year will not be included in the consideration of the number of scholarships the applicant has received. 

How to Apply

New Investigator Scholarship applications should be submitted as part of the abstract submission process through the CROI Abstract and Scholarship Submission system. The CROI Abstract and Scholarship Submission system person submitting this application must be the scholarship applicant. Applicants may submit only 1 type of CROI Scholarship (eg, New Investigator Scholarship, International Investigator Scholarship, or Community Scholarship) application.

The New Investigator scholarship application must include a letter of recommendation from a mentor or leadership from the applicant’s institution. The letter of recommendation should be placed on institutional letterhead and signed by the person providing the recommendation. The letter must be saved as a PDF file and uploaded by the scholarship applicant.

The recommendation letter should include:

  • The mentor’s full name, degree, title, and current academic affiliation
  • Confirmation that the person providing the letter is the mentor of the New Investigator Scholarship applicant
  • The length of time that the mentor has worked with the applicant
  • The applicant’s academic background: current position and title, highest level of education (eg, doctoral, master’s, or bachelor’s degree), and year(s) and from what institution(s) the applicant received their degree(s). If the applicant is an undergraduate student, include the year and institution the applicant will receive their bachelor’s degree
  • Confirmation that the applicant meets the award requirements:
    • The applicant is a postdoctoral fellow, graduate student, or undergraduate student
    • The applicant is the presenting author of an abstract submitted to the conference
    • The applicant plans to participate (in-person or virtually) the entire conference
  • A summary of the applicant’s qualifications and research prospects in a brief statement of recommendation