Frequently Asked Questions

Why join the Global HIV/AIDS Mentoring Training Network?

We are currently seeking senior experts in the areas of socio-behavioral global HIV/AIDS research to participate in our program as mentors. Mentors’ are invited based on their history of contributions to global HIV/AIDS research and their experience in obtaining NIH and other funding to support such research. As mentors in the Global HIV/AIDS Mentoring Training Network, senior scientists will have the opportunities to:

  • interact regularly with a broad range of specialists in HIV/AIDS through webinars, social networking sites, and at organized programs at professional meetings;
  • increase exposure of their own research through linkages on the Global HIV/AIDS Network and webinar presentations, and as a part of the mentoring process;
  • expand and build on existing research interests and projects through engagement with junior scientists from a range of academic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Who are the junior scientists participating in the Global HIV/AIDS Mentoring Training Network?

The junior scientists will be post-doctoral or post-residency fellow, or junior faculty currently working at U.S. universities and other institutions. The junior scientists will be selected based on their strong academic achievements as well as their statement of interest in working in the field of socio-behavioral global HIV/AIDS. The junior scientists will come from a diverse range of socio-economic backgrounds and countries most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

How are mentors and junior scholars matched through the Global HIV/AIDS Mentoring Training Network?

A two-way open matching process will allow both mentors and junior scholars to assess potential matches. Mentors and junior scholars will be matched in respect to the needs, research objectives, geographical expertise/interests, and experience of both mentor and junior scholar. As a prospective mentor, you will be asked to review the application materials of approximately three junior scholar who have expressed interest in your area of research and have been pre-selected by the program Mentoring Network director and/or coordinator (Drs. Li and Kaljee). You will have the opportunity to interview those junior scholar you feel best fit your interests and needs. You are not obligated to choose a junior scholar during any given cycle.

What are the obligations and responsibilities of a mentor?

Mentors will participate in a range of activities through the Mentoring Network. Mentors are not obligated to participate in all aspects of the program, but we encourage mentors to be engaged in as many aspects of the Mentoring Network as his/her time permits. While we plan to match only 5-8 junior scholars with mentors in this planning phase, our intention is to maintain a much larger pool of qualified mentors in the network. We envision this network will serve as a broader resource for investigators (especially, junior investigators with diverse backgrounds) for research in areas of HIV/AIDS and related health disparities in resource-poor countries.

  • One-on-one mentoring. Selected junior scholar will be assigned a primary network mentor. One-on-one mentoring will be conducted between a junior scholar and her/his primary mentor through regular interactions via email and telephone and face-to-face meetings at annual professional conferences or visits to the mentor’s research project site. The mentors will be expected to commit an average of 5 hours per month to her/his junior scholar including discussion via email/telephone, review of drafts of the junior scholar's research proposals or manuscripts, general consultations regarding the junior scholar's proposed study designs, and assistance to expand the junior scholar's professional network with other U.S. and international HIV/AIDS investigators. During this pilot phase, one-on-one mentoring will take place over a one-year period. In subsequent program cycles, the one-on-one mentoring will occur over a two-year period.

  • Junior scholar Career Development Activities. Each junior scholar and her/his primary mentor have the opportunity to jointly apply for up to $5,000 to support research or career development activities (e.g., building collaboration with local stakeholders, attending additional professional conferences/workshop) as relevant to their research interest. The funds can also support a junior scholar's travel expenses up to five days to visit her/his mentor’s on-going research project site.

  • Group mentoring activities. Group mentoring is a collection of mentoring relationships consisting of one or more mentors and multiple junior scholars. Participants in the group mentoring help each other to set learning objectives and build necessary skills and confidence to reach these objectives. Group mentoring will consist of three main web-based activities:

    • A monthly, interactive, live Webinar that addresses various research, methodological, ethical, and administrative topics relevant to international HIV/AIDS research and research careers in HIV/AIDS. Mentors will be invited by the program staff to make a presentation based on his/her research with a group discussion period following the presentation;

    • A bimonthly junior scholar peer group discussion. Junior scholars will participate in small-group research-development sessions every other month among peer junior scholars. The online, hour-long sessions will focus on the application of concepts and methodologies to research proposals of junior scholars and generate questions for mentors. Two junior scholars will take the lead in each session to present their research plan or a particular issue of their research for group discussion. Both primary mentors and on-site mentors of the lead presenters will be invited to join the discussion;

    • Contextual mentoring takes place when junior scholars communicate with mentors in the network other than their primary mentor. These additional mentors will be available to address particular technical or topic issues. Mentors will be asked to be available to work with junior scholar on an as-needed basis via emails and telephone. The Mentoring Network will have a secure network website which will provide research resources and networking opportunities for both junior scholars and mentors. Communal documents, such as country profiles, mentors’ CVs and sample publications, sample study protocols, instruments, consent forms, and presentations made at monthly seminars will be posted on the website for easy access by registered mentors and junior scholars. The website will provide a forum for registered mentors and junior scholars to post questions and discussions.

What is the application process for a potential mentor?

We want the application process to be simple and require a minimum amount of time. If you are interested in being a mentor, please fill in the information under ‘mentor application’ and attach a recent CV. You will receive an email acknowledging your interest in the program, and you will be contacted as we proceed through the mentor-junior scholar matching. We will also keep in touch with you by email to up-date you as our web-site is developed and expands to fuller capacity.

Who do I contact with questions about the Mentoring Network?

If you have any questions or require further information at this time, please contact either Dr. Xiaoming Li at or Dr. Linda Kaljee at