Introduction to Fogarty AITRP Training
Institute of Human Virology Renews Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) Grant
University of Maryland Institute of Human Virology, a recipient of a National Institutes of Health AIDS International Training and Research Program (AITRP) grant has recently renewed this grant for another 5 years beginning June 2010. The primary goal of the AITRP program is to build multi-disciplinary biomedical, behavioral and social science research capacity for the prevention, care and treatment of HIV/AIDS and HIV-related conditions for those adults and children affected by HIV/AIDS in the collaborating country. AITRP makes provisions for training in the United States, South America, The Caribbean, Mali and Nigeria.
Since its inception, the UM-IHV AITRP has provided advanced Masters level and doctoral degree training to Nigerians among other accomplishments.
Specific Aims of the UM-IHV AITRP
Aim 1 - Provide long term (Masters Degree, Ph.D. and post-doctoral) training for physicians, dentists, public health officials, laboratory-based medical researchers, medical technicians and nurses to respond to the needs of the countries served.
Aim 2 - Undertake intensive short term training of Key In-Country Investigators and support staff to facilitate capacity to undertake HIV/AIDS research activities.
Aim 3 - Transiting trainees into productive research, policy and leadership positions by linking trainee selection to country priorities and also growing research capacity by tailoring trainings to align with sustainable research opportunities in Nigeria.
Long-Term Training in Nigeria (for Nigerian Students)
Long-term training in Nigeria ("South to South") is guided by the pedagogical principles of the host country in collaboration with The Fogarty AIDS International Training Research Program (AITRP) at the University of Maryland Baltimore Institute of Human Virology.
South-to-south training allows students to complete their degrees and coursework in Nigeria under the mentorship of a Nigerian faculty member and attend training in the United States. This opportunity effectively advances research training for a critical mass of trainees in Nigeria by providing the majority of training and virtually all of the research conducted by trainees in their host country environment.
Training at the University of Maryland and partner institutions in the United States is conducted strategically to provide enrichment in areas where local capacity is lacking. Sustainable research and training capacity is achieved in-country by providing research training to update and upgrade research capacity for established investigators (faculty: short-term mentor training) and by supporting student candidates matriculating in degree-granting programs at partner institutions ("training dyads").
Short-Term Training in Nigeria (for U.S. Students)
Long-Term Training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, USA (for Nigerian Students)
Long-term training at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) is based on the research priorities and needs assessment of the country. Students and postdoctoral candidates are selected by the Training Advisory Group (TAG).
Candidates are sponsored to enroll in our Masters, PhD, or postdoctoral mentored research program at UMB. Once Masters or PhD candidates have passed all qualifying examinations, a mentored research experience at UMB or IHVN is available for collecting data for capstone, dissertation, or postdoctoral research.
Faculty/Professional Short-Term Mentor Training (for Nigerian Faculty)
Faculty/professional short-term mentor training is available to catalyze research and research training capacity at selected host academic institutions. Faculty and mentors are trained to enhance their ability to mentor university students in Nigeria.
Mentors are selected to attend 6- to 8-week research training in the United States.
Download the Faculty/Professional Application for Mentored Training Experience in Nigeria here.