amfAR Policy Fellowship

  • November 15, 2018

Founded in 1985, amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research is dedicated to ending the global AIDS epidemic through innovative research and evidence-based public policies. With the freedom and flexibility to respond quickly to emerging areas of scientific promise, amfAR plays a catalytic role in accelerating the pace of HIV/AIDS research and achieving real breakthroughs. amfAR-funded research has increased understanding of HIV and has helped lay the groundwork for major advances in the study and treatment of HIV/AIDS. Since 1985, amfAR has invested more than $366 million in HIV/AIDS research and has awarded grants to more than three thousand research teams worldwide.

As part of its mission, the foundation is accepting applications to its Allan Rosenfield, M.D., HIV/AIDS Public Policy Internship and Fellowship Program, which was established to honor the distinguished public health leader Allan Rosenfield, dean of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health for twenty-two years, chair of amfAR’s program board, and a longtime member of the foundation’s board of trustees.

Through the program, exceptional college undergraduates and graduate students who aspire to become leaders in public health and the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic are invited to amfAR’s Public Policy office in Washington, D.C., where they dedicate their time to public policy research and writing under the mentorship of the office’s senior leadership. Rosenfield interns and fellows are expected to conduct original writing and research related to the domestic and global HIV/AIDS epidemic, advocate to members of Congress and their staff, organize meetings and conferences, and participate in community briefings.

In 2018, amfAR will award up to four Allan Rosenfield placements. Placements are paid and full time and are up to six months for fellows and up to three months for interns. All fellows and interns are based in amFar's Washington, DC office.

Applicants for internships must be enrolled in an undergraduate degree program. Applicants for fellowships must have received an undergraduate degree prior to beginning the fellowship. A graduate degree related to public health policy and its associated fields (e.g., MD, JD, MPP, MPH, PhD) is preferred but not required. In addition, applicants must demonstrate strong writing and research skills and have a demonstrated interest in health policy or advocacy related to HIV/AIDS. Knowledge of the U.S. government and legislative processes is preferred but not required.

For placements beginning in January/February, applications must be submitted by November 15, 2018.

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