2021-2022 Duke CHSI-CFAR Scholars Program

The Duke Center for Human Systems Immunology (CHSI) and The Duke Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) are seeking applicants to the CHSI-CFAR Scholars Program. The goal of this program is to provide a formal mechanism to train and mentor experimental immunologists and experimental HIV/AIDS researchers in quantitative methods. Scholars will be paired with a quantitative researcher in the Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics or the CFAR Quantitative Sciences Core based on the scholar’s area of research and proposed project. The scholar and quantitative researcher will work together over the course of an academic year to develop methodologies, experimental designs and/or techniques to further develop and implement the scholar’s project. Duke Ph.D. students, postdoctoral researchers, clinicians, clinical fellows, and medical students beginning their research year may apply. All applicants should have a robust research plan. For applicants whose research is not HIV-AIDS related, the research must be in some area of immunology. This immunology constraint does not apply to applicants whose research is HIV-AIDS related.

In addition to developing quantitative analysis skills, scholars will gain scientific communication skills through activities such as giving presentations at a regular program seminar series and preparing an abstract and poster for the CHSI research symposium or CFAR annual retreat. We expect that participation in the CHSI-CFAR Scholars Program will lead to new long-term collaborations with quantitative mentors as well as other Scholars. CHSI-CFAR Scholars commit to:

  1. Attending all sessions of the Quantitative Methods for HIV Researchers Workshop series. These workshops will be held 9am – noon on Fridays Oct 8, 2021- November 12, 2021; January 14, 2022-February 18, 2022; and March 18, 2022-April 22, 2022. The schedule from last year’s Workshop series is available at https://cfar.duke.edu/node/1730
  2. Meet monthly with their quantitative immunology mentor.
  3. Present at and actively participate in monthly CHSI-CFAR Scholar group meetings.
  4. Actively participate in the program throughout the program year, October 2021 – May 2022. Candidates who do not expect to remain at Duke throughout this period should not apply.

Note that the program does not provide monetary support to participants.

Applications should be submitted online at https://duke.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebUSjf2UzeZ7ncW. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, but those received by 5 pm on August 23, 2021 will received priority consideration. In addition to basic information, the application requires the following:

  • A summary of the applicant’s basic research project and aims. Please include what type of quantitative approach or approaches you are interested in (e.g. bioinformatic pipeline development and application, mathematical modeling, biostatistical analysis) and how the CHSI-CFAR Scholars Program will help you develop this aspect of your project. This summary is limited to 10,000 characters and may only include text, no figures.
  • A Statement of Purpose, including reasons for seeking to participate in the CHSI-CFAR Scholars program and what the applicant hopes to gain from participation. This statement is limited to 10,000 characters and may only include text, no figures.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • A letter from the research mentor that includes a statement of support for the applicant’s participation and why the applicant would benefit from participation. In the application you will be asked for your mentor’s contact information. When you submit your application, your mentor will receive an email with instructions for submitting their letter.

Please email chsi_cfar_scholars_admin@duke.edu for any questions about the program or application process.