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2023 Call for Applications

2023 Call for Applications. Intensive Program in Intersectional BIPC SGM-focused HIV Science. Seeking applicant enrolled in doctoral or postdoctoral training programs who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color and sexual and gender minorities. Apply Now.Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Summer Intensive Program in Intersectional BIPOC SGM-focused HIV Science. The deadline to submit an application is May 22, 2023. 

About the Program

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH), Third Coast Center for AIDS Research, and Southern AIDS Coalition are pleased to invite individuals in the behavioral and social sciences who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and also sexual and gender minority (SGM) persons in either doctoral or postdoctoral training programs to submit applications to the 2023 Summer Intensive Program in Intersectional BIPOC SGM-focused HIV Science.

Held over two weeks on Northwestern University’s Evanston Campus, the Summer Intensive Program will include:

  1. A series of lectures, trainings, and other academic activities about the application of intersectionality to HIV behavioral and data science research.
  2. Information sharing and usage to address disparities and inequities in HIV and health outcomes for BIPOC SGM populations.
  3. Mentoring and networking opportunities.

Participants will gain knowledge and skills in intersectional BIPOC SGM-focused HIV science to incorporate into their careers, regardless of training stage.

The Summer Intensive Program is led by ISGMH Associate Director Jagadīśa-devaśrī Dācus, PhD. Program sessions will be led by Northwestern faculty and participating academic and community collaborators from Chicagoland and from across the country. 

Program Dates

July 31 - August 11, 2023

Participants will be expected to attend the entirety of the program in-person. 


There is no tuition charge for participation in the program. Travel to and from Chicago, housing in the university dorms, and a university meal plan will be provided to all participants. Participants will be reimbursed for certain incidentals during the program, and in-depth information will be provided to participants upon acceptance. Additionally, participants will receive other program benefits to support their participation in the summer institute.

How to Apply

BIPOC SGM applicants must be currently enrolled in a doctoral or postdoctoral training program in the US, planning for a career in research, and demonstrate an articulated research interest in intersectional BIPOC SGM health and HIV science. Applicants from historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and minority serving institutions (MRIs) are especially encouraged to apply.

Applicants are required to complete and submit an online application package that includes:

  1. A completed online demographic survey.
  2. A CV including any publications and a list of any courses taken in research methods, HIV, LGBTQ health and/or racial/ethnic population studies.
  3. Graduate transcripts (unofficial copies will be accepted).
  4. A writing sample.
  5. A personal statement (limited to 2 pages).
  6. Two letters of recommendation (submitted separately).

In the personal statement, applicants should describe their current research interests and/or projects in BIPOC LGBTQ health, as well as their future research plans and career goals after completion of their doctoral or postdoctoral training program.

The application package including CV, transcripts, writing sample, and personal statement must be submitted as a single PDF.  Please complete the demographic survey and submit your application package here. Online applications will be accepted until May 22, 2023, 11:59pm PT.

Letters of recommendation must be submitted separately by June 5, 2023, 11:59pm PT. Recommendation letter writers should email their letters directly to Dr. Jagadīśa-devaśrī Dācus at

All applicants will be notified of the status of their application by June 23, 2023.

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Sponsors Organizations

The Summer Intensive Program is sponsored by the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University and Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TC CFAR) in Chicago, IL, and by the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC).

As a university-wide institute at Northwestern University, ISGMH's mission is to connect scholars from numerous disciplines with the SGM community to forge collaborations and stimulate innovative research to improve SGM health and wellbeing. The Institute provides opportunities for high-level research and training for the next generation of SGM scholars.

The Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TC CFAR) is a citywide collaboration led by Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health and multiple community partners. The center’s mission is to catalyze cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional research will end the HIV epidemic.

The mission of Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) is to end HIV/STI epidemics in the South by promoting accessible and high-quality systems of prevention, treatment, care, housing, and essential support services.

COVID-19 Precautions

We are following the Northwestern University COVID-19 guidelines. Mask wearing will be encouraged of all program participants.  


For more information, please email the Program Director, Dr. Jagadīśa-devaśrī Dācus, at

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