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Susan L. Fulmer APHA HIV/AIDS Section Fellows Program
2021-2022 Call for Applications


The APHA HIV/AIDS Section Fellows Program is named in memory of Ms. Susan L. Fulmer of Columbia, South Carolina, who passed away on Dec. 16, 2018. Susan was a fierce HIV prevention and care advocate at local, state, and national levels. She was also a longtime member of the HIV/AIDS Section with leadership service and accomplishments that included Section Chair, Governing Councilor, Section Councilor and co-authorship of an APHA policy statement advocating for sexuality education in comprehensive health education in K-12 schools.

For 15 years, Susan served as the Planning Coordinator for HIV Prevention and Care for the South Carolina Department of Health & Environmental Control’s STD/HIV Division, overseeing the planning of HIV prevention and care services in South Carolina. She was responsible for management of the SC HIV Planning Council (HPC), the integrated planning body with representatives from Ryan White-funded programs, prevention contractors, state agencies, community-based organizations, and community partners. Prior to her work with SC DHEC, she was a program manager at the University of South Carolina, where she was responsible for designing, planning, implementing, and evaluating HIV/AIDS training programs for health professionals in South Carolina through the South Carolina AIDS Training Network. She was also an Executive Committee member for the South Carolina HIV/STD Conference, a statewide community-based conference, from 1994 to 2011.

The Susan L. Fulmer APHA HIV/AIDS Section Fellowship will provide support to Students and Early Career Professional section members who seek to engage in a yearlong intensive, competitive research skills development program. The Fellowship aims to further the mission of APHA by accomplishing the following:

  • Improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status.
  • Enhance professional development among HIV/AIDS Section members.

Mentorship is a foundational component of the HIV/AIDS Section Fellowship. Participants/mentees will be paired with mentors- senior-level research investigators and scientists based upon mutual research interests and goals. Mentor-mentee pairs are expected to participate in activities that enhance research related skills-building, professional networking, and program implementation and evaluation of an HIV/AIDS related project. Mentees will take part in the HIV/AIDS scientific program at the APHA annual meeting and are expected to deliver an oral presentation of their project findings. Each year, two student-level and two early career professional level candidates will be invited to participate in the Fellowship. Successful candidates are offered a $500 stipend and acknowledgement award at the Annual Meeting.

Successful candidates are:

  • Current members of the APHA HIV/AIDS Section
  • Current APHA Members
  • Early Career Professional - Graduate within 24 months of completion of most recent degree
  • Student — Currently enrolled in an accredited degree granting institution in the US

All completed applications and supplemental materials are due by Oct. 11, 11:59 pm.. EST. Incomplete applications or applications submitted past the posted deadline will not be accepted or reviewed. If you are interested please complete the online application form.