2017 REACH/UWW Fellowship

REACH/UWW Intervention Research

2017 Training Fellowships

  • A new learning and funding opportunity for Masters and PhD degree students or holders working in public health, clinical environments or AIDS service organizations
  • Applicants:
    • are seeking to solve a specific HIV programming challenge
    • are currently collaborating with, or working in, a clinical, public health or community based organization setting and
    • have identified a research intervention to be studied in collaboration with partners in the HIV community in their region
  • The intervention to be piloted or implemented with the UWW training stipend:
    • has been demonstrated to be acceptable and relevant to community
    • has evidence of effectiveness in some setting(s) and
    • there is a commitment to incorporate the intervention into programming if study results indicate success


The goals of this funding opportunity are to:

  • Support the development of impact-oriented career paths for Masters or PhD degree holders, and assist them to build their capacity in CBR, Program and Implementation Science in the HIV sector in Canada
  • Provide learning and networking opportunities in community-based research (CBR) and Implementation Science for HIV health researchers in Canada
  • Expand the knowledge base in Implementation Science in Canada and contribute to health service systems improvements for optimal HIV prevention, treatment and care services

Specific fellowship training objectives

This is a training stipend that will allow the successful applicant to:

  • Pilot, or scale up, and evaluate an intervention that is needed in the region
  • Learn from established researchers in the HIV movement who utilize Implementation or Program Science and CBR approaches
  • Learn how to use multimedia and innovative formats for HIV research, knowledge translation and exchange (KTE) and blended in-person/online learning (e.g., applications, gaming, infographics, etc.)
  • Produce traditional academic products such as peer reviewed papers, conference abstracts and presentations, book chapters and reports
  • Become part of the growing UWW communities of practice
  • Accelerate their professional growth and career advancement

Duration, funding, education and support offered

  • Each fellowship is for one year (12 months)
  • Each fellow will receive a number of e-learning and in-person learning opportunities and direct mentorship from the lead researchers in the program
  • Each fellow will receive a training stipend of $25,000 for the year. This is not an award for living expenses. The funds must be spent in the intervention research activities and learning activities
  • There are six (6) fellowships available to be distributed across Canada. REACH/UWW is committed to support fellows in seeking further funds for their intervention research activities.

Who should apply?

The REACH/UWW 2020 fellowship is open to individuals who hold or will complete a masters or PhD degree within five years of the application deadline in fields that can contribute to HIV implementation science, including the following areas: public health (including epidemiology or biostatistics), global health, public administration, health economics, health administration, health care and rehabilitation professions (e.g., nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, social work). Individuals working in, or with an established connection with, public health, clinical, policy and HIV community based environments are encouraged to apply. Proof of established connections and capacity to collaborate will be required. Individuals will be required to secure a mentor in their host organization.

Applications from persons interested in all areas of HIV/HCV/STBBIs-related intervention research are welcomed. However, applications related to HIV-priority populations and our priority areas are encouraged:

  1. Combination prevention, including Pre-exposure to HIV Prophilaxis (PrEP) and Undetectable = Untransmittable (U = U https://www.preventionaccess.org/undetectable).
  2. Prevention, engagement and care cascade (ADD: 90% of people will have their SDOH needs met and there will be 0 stigma to the UN target 90-90-90).
  3. Syndemics and mental health
  4. Health systems and access to health care

Important dates

  • Application deadline: May 15, 2017

Where to learn more information?

Phone the Program Manager, Francisco Ibáñez-Carrasco 416-642-6486 x 2240 or mail at Director-EDUC@ohtn.on.ca