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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.


In addition to receiving training in mental health research at the intersection of HIV/aging, STAHR Scholars selected in 2021 will be awarded funds (up to $3,000) to be spent in costs associated with attendance to relevant professional meetings, tuition for relevant online courses, computer equipment/software, books/professional literature, and publication-related expenses (with some restrictions regarding the amounts allotted for each of these costs).

Newly selected scholars are expected to participate in all program activities.

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 (Word) 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. Applications should be sent to Tasnuva Chowdhury, MPH 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 Tasnuva Chowdhury, MPH .

For any questions regarding the application process, please contact Tasnuva Chowdhury, MPH via email at