Ujima Mentoring Program

The University of California, San Francisco, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies (CAPS) announces the Ujima Mentoring Program (Ujima Program). Funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) AIDS Research Centers (ARC) Program, the Ujima Program provides multidisciplinary research mentoring and funding to early-stage investigators, particularly those at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), who focus their programs of research on high priority areas that address HIV prevention, care, and treatment in Black/African American communities.

The Ujima Program is designed to:

  • Increase Ujima scholars’ capacity to conduct high-impact community-engaged research to address HIV-related health inequities in U.S. Black/African American communities.
  • Support the academic and professional development of scholars’ research careers through individualized research and career mentoring, and networking opportunities.

Scholars accepted into the Ujima Program will:

  • Form a mentoring team comprised of the scholar, a senior faculty mentor affiliated with an NIMH-funded AIDS Research Center (ARC mentor), and a mentor from the scholar’s home or similar institution (local mentor).
  • Receive 18 months (inaugural cohort, 24 months for subsequent cohorts should funding allow) of ongoing support and mentoring provided through:
    • monthly check-in calls
    • quarterly webinars
    • six-monthly virtual grant-writing seminars (second half of program)
    • annual in-person (summer) workshops
    • networking opportunities with other CAPS faculty and mentored scholars
  • Receive an $80,000 stipend to support their proposed research including protected time to engage in research activities and to write an NIH R-level grant application with guidance from mentors and Ujima leadership.


Our program is no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2023 cohort of scholars. We invite you to view information on program eligibility.