Yale University

Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS)

The application cycle for the 2023-24 REIDS cohort is now closed. Thanks to everyone that applied.



REIDS Fellows


About the Program

REIDS LogoThe Research Education Institute for Diverse Scholars (REIDS) aims to increase the number and impact of racial and ethnic minority researchers dedicated to reducing HIV inequities in communities of color, with particular emphasis on early career faculty and post-doctoral researchers. Through exposure to cutting edge approaches in community-based implementation science, continued support through professional networks, and quality mentorship, REIDS is designed to have demonstrable impact on Scholars, their organizations, and communities. We take a professional life course perspective in order to foster scientific network building, resource sharing and support to Scholars throughout their academic careers.

REIDS utilizes a curriculum and structure grounded in social justice principles and addresses these as they relate to HIV (e.g., discrimination/stigma, structural determinants, social and cultural determinants) as well as focusing on marginalized identities that intersect with racial and ethnic identities linked to increased burden for HIV (e.g., sexual and gender minorities, women, individuals who use substances, immigrants and individuals from low and middle income countries).

Our approach:

  • Strong team mentoring
  • Building and extending Scholars’ scientific network
  • Experiential learning through grant writing
  • Professional skills building on mitigating institutional privilege and power imbalances
  • Online Community that extends resources and support for REIDS Scholars beyond a fixed training time and throughout their professional life course

During this two-year fellowship, Scholars participate in four-week immersive institutes over two summers at the Yale School of Public Health and online monthly meetings focused on research education, training, professional development, and mentoring. Travel to and from New Haven and accommodation during the 4 week institutes are covered by the program. Participants receive a stipend* and $10,000 is available for each scholar for professional development and training activities over the course of the program.

*Individuals supported by NIH training and career development mechanisms (K, T, or F awards) are not eligible to receive the stipend.

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Applicant Statement (maximum 2 pages) describing:
    • Your program of research and goals for the next 5 years and how REIDS will help you achieve these goals;
    • Previous work relevant to program of research; and
    • Your rationale for selecting the first and second choice mentor that you consider to be the best match to your work. Learn more about our current mentors.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information for three academic references
  • A letter of support from dean, associate dean, or department chair at home institution, or, in the case of a research center, a direct supervisor indicating:
    • Consent for participation in REIDS
    • Support for program and research goals
    • Commitment of institutional salary support while attending the REIDS program

NOTE: If you are currently funded by an NIH or Foundation institutional training grant, such as a T32, an additional letter from the funding agency is required.

REIDS is open to US Citizens, Non-Citizen Nationals of the United States or Permanent Residents who are currently employed as early-career faculty or as post-doctoral researchers.

Contact Trace Kershaw (trace.kershaw@yale.edu) for questions. 

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