ASTDA Summer Research Fellowship for Students and Post-Doctoral Trainees

The Summer Research Fellowship is designed to provide financial support for students and post-doctoral trainees to conduct a mentored research project during a 3-4 month period over the academic summer break. We encourage a broad range of research topics pertaining to sexually transmitted infections (STIs) including basic science, clinical investigation, program science, educational scholarship, etc.

The goals of the Summer Research Fellowship are to:

  • Encourage trainees to conduct STI research
  • Provide financial support that permits trainees to dedicate time to a STI-related research project
  • Encourage STI researchers to dedicate time to mentoring trainees and recognize the mentor’s contribution with an honorarium
  • Advance the ASTDA mission to foster scientific knowledge, develop leadership, and champion practice in the field of sexually transmitted infections.

Eligible applicants include students enrolled in college, graduate, or professional school (masters, PhD program or professional school) and recent graduates who have completed a degree within the past 3 years. The proposed project must be focused on a sexual health or reproductive health topic.

Awardees will receive a $5000 stipend to conduct the project and additional financial support to attend a professional conference to present the research results (including travel, lodging and registration). Mentors will receive a $2000 honorarium.

Awardees will be expected to complete a final report and present the research results at a professional conference within 18 months following the start of their fellowship. We anticipate granting up to 5 awards for the summer of 2022, depending on the number and quality of applications received.


To apply, the mentor for the project needs to be an active member of ASTDA. If awarded, the trainee will need to join ASTDA before the funds are released. There are no geographic restrictions on who can be a member of ASTDA.


All applications should be single spaced in font no smaller than 11 point. Margins should be 0.5 inches throughout. Applicants must strictly adhere to page limits or their applications will not be reviewed. All applications require the following:

  • Personal statement describing the applicant’s career goals and how this award will advance those goals (1 page maximum)
  • Description of the research project, including objectives, hypotheses, activities, timeline, and brief budget (2 pages)
  • The applicant’s CV or biosketch (no more than 5 pages) [please use NIH format]
  • The mentor’s CV or biosketch (no more than 5 pages) [please use NIH format]
  • A brief statement from the mentor confirming a commitment to mentor the applicant if selected for this award [<500 words]

All applications should be submitted as a single pdf document no later than Wednesday, January 12th at 11:59 PM Pacific Time. See bottom of the page to apply.


Applications will be reviewed by members of the ASTDA Board of Directors and evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Applicant’s commitment to (or, for those earlier in the training process, interest in exploring) an STI-related career
  • Applicant’s previous record of accomplishments
  • Significance of the proposed research
  • Strength of the proposed research plan
  • Feasibility of the proposed timeline
  • Commitment of mentor to applicant’s professional development

Please note:

  • Projects focusing solely on HIV will not be considered responsive to this RFA and will not be scored as other fellowship opportunities are available to fund HIV research.
  • Grant funds may not be used for indirect costs or Facilities and Administrative (F&A) fees.

We encourage applications from populations underrepresented in the scientific workforce, as defined by the National Institutes of Health


  • January 12, 2022, 11:59 pm PT: Applications Due
  • March 2022: Awards announced
  • May 2022: Summer fellowships begin, stipends and mentor honoraria distributed
  • July 2022 – December 2023: Fellows submit a one page final report summarizing fellowship activities and present at a national professional conference (e.g., STD Prevention Conference, STD Engage, IDSA/ID Week, IDSOG, National Sexual Health Conference, or other appropriate conference)
The 2022 application is now closed