Information for Protégés in the APA Cyber Mentors Program

Use our online form and apply to become a Cyber Mentors protégé. Please note: alternatively, users can send the hard copy materials via mail or they may email the documents to Chris Nettles.

For Early Career Doctoral-Level Researchers Interested in HIV/AIDS

APA Cyber Mentors protégés participate in a two-year, e-collaboration and distance learning mentorship program designed to prepare doctoral-level behavioral and social scientists for careers as independent researchers in the area of HIV/AIDS and health disparities among populations of color and other communities disproportionately affected by the virus. Cyber Mentors utilizes state-of-the-art  e-collaboration, and distance learning technologies (e.g., social media, webinars, etc.) to assist protégés achieve three major goals:

  • Develop and implement a career development plan focused on building the capacity to conduct independent research in the area of HIV/AIDS and health disparities.
  • Conceptualize, draft and submit a high-quality research application to an appropriate funding mechanism.
  • Establish a mutually supportive network of professional colleagues with common research interests.

The Cyber Mentors program, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, matches early career protégés with mentors who are leaders in the field with a strong history of receiving National Institutes of Health-supported grants.

Mentoring is conducted through regular interactions over an Internet social media platform, by telephone and at face-to-face meetings. In addition to one-on-one mentoring, protégés participate in monthly, interactive, web-based seminars that address various research, methodological, ethical and administrative topics relevant to research careers in HIV/AIDS. Protégés also participate in small-group, research-development sessions every other month. These online, small-group sessions focus on the application of concepts learned in seminars to research proposals of protégés. Protégés also participate in a series of mock reviews where research proposals are reviewed, scored and discussed at length.

Protégé/mentor pairs have the opportunity to apply for up to $5,000 to support research or career development activities (e.g., preliminary data collection, attending additional conferences, etc).

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have demonstrated interest in pursuing a career as an independent researcher in the area of HIV/AIDS and health disparities among populations of color and other communities disproportionally affected by the virus.
  • Must have completed a PhD or equivalent degree in behavioral or social science within the last seven years (e.g., psychology, public health, sociology, anthropology, social work, etc.) or an MD.
  • Must be employed in a position that permits submission of independent research grants.
  • Must be affiliated with an institution that supports research grant applications.
  • Must not have previously received an R01 grant from NIH.
  • Must commit to participate in the entire two-year program.
  • Must commit to developing and submitting a competitive grant application to NIH by the end of the program.

A major purpose of this program is to increase the number of underrepresented scholars and researchers (i.e., African-Americans, American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Hispanics/Latino(a)s, and Asians/Pacific Islanders) who pursue a career in the area of HIV/AIDS and minority communities.