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2024 Summer Intensive Program in Intersectional BIPOC SGM-focused HIV Science

2024 Call for Applications. SUMMER INTENSIVE PROGRAM IN INTERSECTIONAL BIPOC SGM-FOCUSED HIV SCIENCE. Seeking applicants enrolled in doctoral or postdoctoral training programs who are Black, Indigenous, and other People of Color and sexual and gender minority individuals. Apply today! Northwestern ISGMH, Third Coast CFAR, Southern AIDS Coalition.


Applications are now being accepted for the 2024 Summer Intensive Program in Intersectional BIPOC SGM-focused HIV Science. The deadline to submit an application is April 30, 2024 at 11:59pm PT.

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Call for Applications

The Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing (ISGMH) at Northwestern University and the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research (TC CFAR) are pleased to invite individuals in the behavioral and social sciences who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and also who are sexual and gender minority (SGM) persons in either doctoral or postdoctoral training programs to submit applications to the 2024 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.

Program Schedule

July 29 – August 9, 2024: Summer Intensive Program at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL

Program Costs

There is no tuition charge for participation in the program. Cost of travel, housing, and meals will be covered for all participants to attend the program. Housing in Northwestern University dormitories and a meal plan will be provided to all participants. Additionally, participants will receive other program benefits to support their participation in the program.

About the Program and Faculty

The Summer Intensive Program is sponsored by the Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, the Third Coast Center for AIDS Research in Chicago, and the Southern AIDS Coalition (SAC) in Powder Springs, GA.

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 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 that will end the HIV epidemic.

The mission of Southern AIDS Coalition 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.

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.

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 questionnaire.
  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. Two letters of recommendation (submitted separately)
  5. A writing sample.
  6. A personal statement (limited to 2 pages).

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

The online application package must be submitted as a single PDF. Please submit your application here.

Online applications will be accepted until April 30, 2024, at 11:59pm PT.

Letters of recommendation must be addressed to Dr. Jagadīśa-devaśrī Dācus. They should be submitted separately to by May 7, 2024, at 11:59pm PT.

All applicants will be notified about the status of their application by May 31, 2024.

COVID-19 Precautions

We are following the Northwestern University COVID-19 guidelines.


For more information, please email the Program Coordinator, Pol Galofre Molero, at

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