William Cunningham Scholarship Program

Contributing to our center’s mission to support capacity in the science field to reduce comorbidities and disparities linked to HIV, CHIPTS is pleased to announce the William Cunningham Scholarship. The scholarship is an award to provide opportunities and support for early stage investigators (https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/index.htm), post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and community researchers in efforts to promote science, foster networking, and increase capacity building on themes related to comorbidities to HIV – particularly health disparities and inequities, social/structural determinants, or medical mistrust.

Individuals who are interested in this scholarship or would like to nominate an early stage investigator, fellow, community researcher, or student who would benefit from this scholarship should fill out the nomination form here.


  • Must be considered an early stage investigator (https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/index.htm), post-doctoral fellow, graduate student, or a community researcher in the field of HIV.
  • Must be working in HIV research that addresses themes related to comorbidities to HIV, particularly health disparities and inequities, social/structural determinants, or medical mistrust.
  • Must commit to attend a CHIPTS meeting to share what they learned and to write a written summary of their gained experience (2 pages).
  • Must be linked to a CHIPTS faculty member to sponsor the application.

Award amount: $1500

The scholarship covers research and career related activities including but not limited to:

  • Conference registration fees
  • Conference travel related expenses
  • Manuscript submission fees
  • Administrative expenses (such as professional development courses, supplies that may support their research work, transcription fees, and more.

The award will be provided to one recipient in the form of a check reimbursement for expenses (or funds transfer for UCLA affiliated recipients). The scholarship amount has to be spent by October 31, 2021. Please contact CHIPTS to confirm list of approved expenses.

Deadline to nominate or self-nominate is January 11, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be notified by January 15, 2021.