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STAHR Scholar Awards

Call for applications is now closed. 

The annual STAHR Workshop and Summer Institute are open to individuals who wish to improve their knowledge and skills on mental health research in HIV/Aging. However, only four STAHR Scholar Awards will be given annually.


The STAHR Scholar Awards will consist of the following:

  1. Reimbursement for travel expenses to the annual STAHR Workshop at UCSD during all three years of the award.
  2. Reimbursement for cost of airfare or ground transportation to the STAHR Summer Institute at UCSD during the first year of the award.
  3. Provision of housing in the vicinity of UCSD during the 4 weeks of the STAHR Summer Institute.
  4. A living stipend of $2,000 for the 4 weeks of the STAHR Summer Institute at UCSD.
  5. Reimbursement of travel expenses and registration fees for attendance to the International Workshop on HIV and Aging, and another scientific conference during all three years of the award (up to $1,500 per conference per year).
  6. Reimbursement of tuition for relevant online courses all three years of the award (up to $1,000 per year).
  7. Reimbursement for costs of books, professional literature, and publication-related expenses during all three years of the award (up to $300 per year).

In addition, Scholar’s home mentors will receive reimbursement for all travel expenses related to attendance at the annual STAHR Workshop at UCSD during the three years of the award.

Qualification of Scholars

Applicants for STAHR Scholar Grants should be post-residency fellows (MD or DO), post-doctoral fellows (PhD, PsyD, PharmD), or junior faculty members (holding no higher than an Assistant Professor rank position) with a clinical or translational research background, and with previous training in either aging or HIV research, who are interested in gaining expertise in the intersection of these two factors.

Scholars may not have previously obtained a substantial NIH independent research award as PI, including being PIs of a Career Development award (K01, K08, K23, K25, K99/R00) and should have clear interest in becoming independent investigators in the field of HIV and aging mental health research, and with interests relevant to the mission and strategic objectives of NIMH.

Applicants should be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Persons from underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Mentoring Team

Scholars will have a mentoring team comprised primarily by two Core mentors with complementary expertise: a primary mentor at their home institution (identified at the time of applying to the program), and a UCSD STAHR Core mentor. Once a scholar/home-mentor pair is selected, the scholar will be paired with a local UCSD STAHR mentor to complement the skills and experience of the home mentor, upon discussion with the scholar and the home mentors.

Application Materials

The following material must be received by the application deadline with contact information of the applicant and mentor at the home institution.

  1. Face Page with contact information of the applicant and mentor at the home institution.
  2. Candidate’s Background (1 page)
    • Describe the candidate's commitment to a career in mental health research on HIV and aging.
    • Describe the candidate's professional responsibilities in the home institution and elsewhere and their relationship to the proposed activities for the STAHR program.
    • Describe prior training and research efforts and how they relate to the objectives and long-term career plans of the candidate.
    • Provide evidence of the candidate's potential to develop into an independent investigator.
  3. Career Goals and Objectives (1 page)
    • Describe goals for participation in the STAHR program and how participation in the STAHR program may facilitate the transition to independent investigator and long-term career goals.
  4. Plan for involvement in research at the home institution throughout the duration of the award (1 page)
    • Describe specific aims and research activities in which the scholar will be involved at the home institution, and how these will be key in the career and academic advancement of the scholar.
  5. NIH biosketch of the applicant and the mentor at the home institution.
  6. Letter of support from mentor at the home institution (1 page)
    • Signed statements must be provided by the home mentor confirming their participation and commitment to the training of the scholar, and describing their specific roles.

Applications should be typed single spaced, using Arial (11-point) font, and with 0.5 inches margin all around. Please submit application in one single PDF document. The deadline to apply is March 13th, 2020 at 5:00PM PST. Applications should be sent to David Yassai-Gonzalez via e-mail at You should receive an e-mail confirmation within 72 business hours of submission. If you do not receive e-mail confirmation, please contact David Yassai-Gonzalez. You can expect to hear back regarding the status of your application by March 27th, 2020. 

For any questions regarding the application process, please contact David Yassai-Gonzalez via email at or by phone at (858) 246-5397.