Application Process

Requirements & Eligibility

Applicants should be:

  • US Citizen or US Resident
  • Dedicated to pursuing a PhD or MD/PhD in neuroHIV comorbidities, neurosciences, or other related field of study
  • Demonstrate strong dedication and alignment to core values
  • Committed to conducting 10-weeks of research during the summer
  • Rising college freshman or sophomore focused on the complications of HIV infection of the central nervous system (NeuroHIV) and its associated comorbidities.
  • Scholars are reimbursed for one round-trip travel expenses from home of residence and Baltimore. Scholars are responsible for their meals. Scholars are required to attend all professional development training sessions and group meetings. Unexplained absences may result in dismissal from the program.
  • Please request three letters of recommendations (at least two from a science/math teacher), and have the recommenders directly email it to Heather Thomas at
  • The deadline for applying for the Summer 2024 program, which includes transcripts, letters of recommendations, and application material, is TBD.

Students are selected for the program after a series of steps that include application screening, interviews, and invitation to participate based on the availability of suitable mentors. All interns will undergo a health screening, criminal background check, and training in the protection of human subjects and the responsible conduct of research prior to beginning their internship and/or research projects. Housing is provided by the program (dorm room or apartment style) and scholars are reimbursed for travel expenses. This program is viewed as an educational-career enrichment experience however, scholars do receive a stipend of $15/hr.

The deadline for submission is the last Friday in January of each year.

Final decisions will be released mid-March of each year. The 10-week summer research program internship typically runs from June-August and will be conducted in person in Baltimore, MD. Please note that depending on your spring semester end date, your start/end date will vary accordingly.

In the interest of promoting diversity, we strongly encourage students from the following groups to apply:

  • Students from under-represented racial/ethnic backgrounds,
  • Individuals with disabilities,
  • Economically disadvantaged,
  • Women or members of the LGBTQ+ community

Apply Now (Opening dates of the application portal for Summer 2024 are TBD, please check back soon)

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