H2U Scholar Award

HIV and HCC in Uganda: The H2U Consortium

The H2U Consortium represents a partnership between Johns Hopkins University and Makerere University focused on developing investigator and research capacity to lead innovative HIV and hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) research in Uganda. The H2U Scholar Award supports this goal by supporting early-stage Ugandan investigators with career development training to develop the appropriate skills, provide supportive mentorship, and then provide dedicated funds to apply to a focused research project. The ultimate goal of the H2U Scholar Award program is to foster the career development of talented Ugandan investigators to serve as leaders in the field of HIV and HCC research.

The H2U Scholar Award program is now soliciting applications from qualified candidates from early to mid-stage Ugandan investigators. The H2U Consortium will select one H2U Scholar annually over the next several years and will provide the Scholar with career development training as well as research funds. An appropriate Hopkins mentor will be paired in accordance with the Ugandan Investigator’s field of research with the view towards developing a collaborative investigator team with complementary expertise. Following the one-year Scholar Award period, candidates are expected to continue their collaborative research and active participation in H2U Consortium activities.

Characteristics of an Ideal Candidate:

  1. Early-stage investigator with a faculty-level position.
  2. Completed a MMed degree and have contributed to peer-reviewed publications.
  3. Demonstrated interest in research and public health on HIV/AIDS and liver cancer.
  4. Commitment to develop and maintain a productive career related to HIV and HCC etiology, treatment or prevention.
  5. At least 2 years of research experience.
  6. Specific clinical training / expertise (e.g., interventional radiology, pathology) may be considered in the absence of formal research experience.

Applications will undergo a review process resembling an NIH study section. Representing both Uganda and Hopkins, a minimum of 6 Developmental Core directors will review each application. Limited prior research experience under these specific conditions will be taken into consideration.