Research as an ID Fellow at UNC
As an ID Fellow you’ll have the opportunity to participate in research across UNC. Our program is tailored to fit your research interests, and the variety of experienced researchers at UNC serve as mentors for fellows throughout their research training.
Research at the Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases and the Division of Infectious Diseases
Faculty in the Division of Infectious Diseases also work for UNC’s Institute of Global Health & Infectious Diseases. In 2019, the Institute garnered more than $97 million in research funding, the second largest concentrated research effort on UNC’s campus.
The Institute manages long- and short-term research studies on four continents led by investigators from the Division of Infectious Diseases and other divisions of UNC School of Medicine, along with the Gillings School of Global Public Health, Eshelman School of Pharmacy and other health science schools and divisions.
The strength of our investigators is matched by the deep relationships we have built in sites on four continents. UNC faculty have been working in Africa for more than two decades, partnering with local universities and ministries of health in Malawi, Zambia, Nigeria and South Africa. We continue to grow our work in China, Vietnam, and Nicaragua as well as other emerging sites.
As a top-ranked HIV/AIDS research site, our campus-wide effort of scientists, researchers and clinicians collaborate on all aspects of the epidemic. The Institute and ID faculty have been at the forefront of many of the advances in prevention and treatment that have turned AIDS from a death sentence to a manageable, chronic illness with a normal lifespan.
Research Topic Areas
The research infrastructure at UNC is expansive, and the ID Fellowship has the opportunity to collaborate with researchers across the university. Fellows select a research mentor in their first year of fellowship based on their own personal research interests.
Research Training Pathways
Fellows are encouraged to delve into a research topic area of interest to them. Throughout our program’s history, we have found that many fellows choose certain research tracks or pathways. We have built infrastructure around popular research tracks, but these are not exclusive and we encourage fellows to create their own track if they are interested in something different.
To create leaders in research, we aim to provide supportive funding opportunities for fellows to grow. The goal is for fellows to find self-sufficient grant or other funding by their third year of fellowship, but our team works extensively with UNC researchers and funding bodies to facilitate this process. UNC also has multiple internal NIH training grants which allow ID fellows to transition from clinical to research funding if they choose to follow a research path.
Watch ID HIV Research faculty describe their research expertise and experience during the 2020 ID Fellow Bootcamp below.