ATN Scholars Program

The U.S. Adolescent Medicine Trials Network for HIV Interventions (ATN) Scholars Program seeks to provide scholars with the knowledge, skills and connections to further their careers as independent investigators in the adolescent HIV research field.

The program seeks to increase opportunities for scientists from groups under-represented in HIV research. Successful applicants will be investigators who have received their terminal degree (MD, PhD, etc.). Applicants should identify a mentor scientist in the Network with whom to complete a research project based upon an existing ATN research study (either from prior ATN cycle or current). Mentors may hold any position within the network (e.g. study protocol teams, Scientific Leadership Groups, Modeling Core). Scholars are provided funding to cover a portion of their time and expenses (typically 10-20% FTE), including travel to bi-annual ATN meetings and research materials/supplies. Successful applicants will be funded for 18 months, subject to certain restrictions. Applicants are expected to submit a manuscript for publication and a product for dissemination to community members/participants (e.g., video, infographic, etc.) at the end of the fellowship and to present their findings at a bi-annual ATN meeting.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Have experience and/or substantial potential in conducting research with adolescent and young adult populations to improve HIV prevention and care in the U.S.
  • Have technical background suitable to become involved in a substantial component of the ATN scientific agenda.
  • Demonstrate plans to work with and be mentored by an investigator actively involved in ATN research. Letter of support provided by ATN mentor.
  • Have the support of their host academic institutions that would allow them the time to participate in the mentored research program, and to travel as required to work with their mentor and to bi-annual ATN meetings.
  • Be within 10 years of graduation with a terminal degree, first postdoctoral fellowship, or first medical residency at the time applications are due.
  • Develop a project idea that is linked with an approved ATN study before applying to the program. Develop a research project using data from a completed or ongoing ATN study and complete their scholarship project within the program cycle. For the 2023-2024 cycle, the following studies are available for Scholars to use: 

  • Please submit the application, your NIH biosketch, letter from ATN mentor, your mentor’s biosketch and a budget and budget justification to
  • Total budget direct costs to not exceed USD 70,000-including 5% of mentors time

For questions about eligibility, study protocols, current ATN mentors or the application process please contact Dr. Audrey Pettifor at

Link to application here

Personal Essay Form


  • Application Due Date: Thursday, Nov 30, 2023
  • ATN Scientific Review: Dec 2023
  • Earliest Notification of Award: Jan 5, 2023