amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

amfAR HIV Scholars Program

The amfAR HIV Scholars Program aims to strengthen GMT community-based research and responses to HIV by offering researchers from low- and middle-income countries scholarships to undergo five months of graduate-level public health study at the Center for LGBT Health Research of the Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh.

The scholarship also includes round-trip travel to the U.S., housing, and a modest stipend. During the program, the scholars not only improve their research skills, but also draft proposals for their own studies investigating culturally appropriate strategies to improve HIV services for GMT individuals in their respective countries.



2015 amfAR HIV Scholars  

amfAR HIV Scholars Program 2015 
(Left to right) Sheryar Kazi, Liesl Theron, Erika Castellanos, and Weibin Cheng

Erika Castellanos, Community Network of People living with HIV (C-NET+) – Belize City, Belize
Study Title: Pilot Study on HIV Among MSM In Belize

Weibin Cheng, – Guangzhou, China
Study Title:  A Randomized Controlled Trial Assessing the Efficacy of Online HIV Home Testing Support Services to Increase Quarterly HIV Testing Among Men Who Have Sex Men in Guangzhou, China

Sheryar Kazi, Naz Male Health Initiative– Lahore, Pakistan
Study Title: Identifying Barriers in Accessing Care Services and Reasons for Low Adherence to ART by MSM and Transgender Populations in Pakistan

Liesl Theron, Gender DyanamiX – Cape Town, South Africa
Study Title:  Designing Trans-Community Led HIV Treatment Counselling Programs Suitable for the Needs of Trans Populations in South Africa