With the support of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the International AIDS Society (IAS) has established a research fellowship programme, with the goal of contributing to advances in the scientific understanding of drug use and HIV, while fostering multinational research. Applications from a wide range of disciplines including social, behavioral, political, clinical, biomedical, mathematical sciences or others are accepted.

This fellowship programme consists of two awards: US$75,000 to be awarded to a junior scientist for 18-month post-doctoral training; and US$75,000 to be awarded to a well-established HIV researcher for an eight-month long professional development training, both at leading institutes excelling in research in the HIV-related drug use field.

The first two fellowships were awarded at the 5th IAS Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention (IAS 2009), which took place in Cape Town, South Africa on 19-22 July 2009.

In 2010, up to four fellowships will be awarded in conjunction with the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010), to be held in Vienna, Austria from 18 to 23 July 2010.  

To reach a maximum number of researchers and ensure this programme's success, the IAS and NIDA are requesting your assistance in the following ways:

1. Please distribute this letter and the attached advertisement to your networks and to eligible applicants at your institution.

2. Please advise us of specific scientific networks we should contact when marketing this fellowship programme.

Online applications will be accepted on www.iasociety.org from 8 December 2009 until 10 February 2010. For more information about the fellowship programme, please click here.

Kind regards,

International AIDS Society National Institute on Drug Abuse