Ushering in the Next Decade of the Fellows Program: Apply now to become a 2020 Fellow

August 8, 2019

AVAC is pleased to announce its call for applications for the 2020 Advocacy Fellows—leading us into the next decade of the program!


The submission deadline for Advocacy Fellows applications is 20 September.

Seventy Fellows have moved through the program in its first 10 years, many of whom have gone on to become leaders in the HIV movement in their communities, countries and globally. As AVAC prepares for our 2020 Fellows Program, watch this space for information about activities and an evaluation marking 10 years of impact on HIV prevention advocacy and to chart the way forward for the program.

About the Program

AVAC’s Advocacy Fellows Program launched in 2009 to expand the capacity of advocates and organizations to accelerate, shape and monitor biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation worldwide. At AVAC, we believe effective and sustainable advocacy grows out of work that reflects organizational and individual interests, priorities and partnerships. The Fellows Program is guided by these principals.

The Advocacy Fellows Program supports emerging and mid-career advocates as they design and implement advocacy projects focused on HIV prevention research and implementation activities in their countries and communities. These projects address locally identified gaps and priorities. Fellows receive training, full-time financial support and technical assistance to plan and implement a targeted one-year project within host organizations working in HIV or related advocacy. Host organizations are critical partners in the program and Fellows’ projects can be an opportunity for an organization to further develop its own work in this field.

The Fellows Program focuses on low- and middle-income countries where clinical research on new biomedical HIV prevention options or HIV cure is planned or ongoing, or where there is demonstrated need for implementation of proven interventions including the integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health.

HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellows are:

  • Emerging or mid-career community leaders and advocates involved or interested in advocacy around HIV prevention.
  • Individuals with some experience or education in the areas of HIV and AIDS, public health, international development or women’s rights.
  • Key populations such as young women, sex workers, gay men, other men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who inject drugs and those living with HIV.
  • Based in low- and middle-income countries where biomedical HIV prevention or cure clinical research is planned and/or where implementation of multi-intervention prevention packages is planned, ongoing or emerging.
  • Fluent English speakers.

Learn More

Prospective applicants or host organizations who want to learn more or have questions are encouraged to:

  • Watch two videos featuring past Fellows reflecting on their experience here and here.
  • Download the 2020 Advocacy Fellows Information Packet and application materials here.
  • Visit AVAC’s Fellows page for more information on the application process and to learn more about current and alumni Fellows.
  • Email the team at
  • Listen to the recording of the 22 August informational conference call with the AVAC Fellows Team to learn more about the program.

Applications are due by 20 SEPTEMBER.

Please share this information with your networks and we look forward to receiving your application.