Visiting Professor Program

Starting in 1997, CAPS began an intensive training and mentoring program to support the development of early-career researchers across the United States. Each year a small number of scientists are selected to participate in the Training Program for Scientists Conducting Research to Reduce HIV/STI Health Disparities. This program is also known as the Visiting Professor (VP) Program. The VP Program is designed to assist investigators already conducting HIV-prevention research with minority communities in the United States to improve their programs of research and obtain additional funding for their work. Participants will:

  • Spend six weeks in San Francisco for three summers.
  • Receive round-trip airfare to San Francisco and a monthly stipend during the summer program.
  • Receive $20,000 to conduct an Applied Research Experience.
  • Prepare an NIH grant proposal.
  • Receive support for presenting the results of the study.
  • Continue to develop a research program with mentoring by UCSF faculty researchers.


Our program application for the summer 2021 program has closed. Interested prospective applicants should return in the fall for an update on applications for the summer of 2022. In the meantime, you may visit our application pages, beginning with information about who is eligible for the program.


Help us achieve our mission of assisting early-career investigators conducting HIV-prevention research with ethnic and racial minority communities to improve their programs of research and obtain additional funding for their work. Learn more about donating to this program.


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