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Frequently Asked Questions
for Applicants


 
I am interested in learning how to be a more ethical researcher and address ethical issues such informed consent and confidentiality in my own research. Is the RETI program for me?
 

Applicants to the RETI program are expected to already have the foundational knowledge and experience necessary for the responsible conduct of research.  The aim of RETI training and mentored research experiences are develop fellows' skills for empirically studying research ethics issues within the context of HIV and drug abuse prevention.
 

I received my doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D.) prior to 2004. Am I eligible for the RETI program?
  
 
Currently the RETI program is open only to early-career investigators who have received their doctoral degree within the last 10 years. Therefore, applicants for the 2014 summer program must have received their degree between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2013. Unfortunately we are not able to accept fellows who earned their degrees prior to 2004.
 

I will receive my doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D.) in 2014. Am I eligible for the RETI program?
  

Currently the RETI program is open only to early career-investigators who have received their doctoral degree on or before December 31, 2013. Therefore, applicants for the 2014 summer program must have received their degree between January 1, 2004 and December 31, 2013. Unfortunately we are not able to accept fellows who earned their degrees in 2014 or prior to 2004.


I am not a United States citizen. Am I eligible for the RETI program?
   
 
While it is not necessary that applicants be United States citizens or permanent residents, the program requires that all non-residents be qualified to apply for future NIH funding. This entails (1) having a current visa to work or study in the United States at the time of the Institute and (2) being eligible to submit grants to NIH. While some NIH mechanisms require U.S. citizenship, many do not. Please consult with the NIH website to learn more about your eligibility.

International applicants who are not eligible to apply for NIH funding may also consider applying to the program as a Santander Universities International Fellow. The Santander Universities International Fellow scholarship provides financial support for international students interested in participating in the 10-day summer training program at Fordham University. This program is made possible through a generous gift from Santander Universities’ global division, a major social–responsibility initiative created by Banco Santander to advance the bank’s goal of expanding global education. The Scholarship will provide support for all costs related to travel, lodging and RETI program involvement. The Santander Scholarship is open to non-U.S. citizens working in HIV prevention research. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are not eligible. For more information, please view the Santander Scholarship Announcement.
 
 
I do not have a background in HIV prevention but I am interested in the RETI program. Am I eligible to apply?
  
 
RETI trainings assume a strong knowledge of HIV prevention and a background in HIV prevention research methodologies. Thus, applicants must demonstrate this HIV prevention foundation through previous research, scholarship, or coursework.

If you are interested in learning more about ethics but do not have a background in HIV prevention research, please contact ethicsinst@fordham.edu to learn more about ethics training opportunities available through the Fordham Center for Ethics Education.
 
 
Can the Mentored Research Project (MRP) be used as an add-on to an existing study I am conducting?
 
 
While the MRP could be conducted as an independent, stand-alone study, we do encourage fellows to conduct the MRP as an add-on to an existing study. This ensures feasibility of the project and access to a relevant population.
 

Is there any tuition for the RETI program?
  
 
There is no tuition for the program and all housing and meals are provided by the Institute. Therefore, applicants need not budget any money for the Institute. In addition to this, the Institute funds a small grant of up to $18,000 for fellows' to complete a mentored research project in HIV research ethics.
 
 
Are there restrictions on how I can spend the $18,000 MRP funding?
  
 
A small grant of up to $18,000 (plus 8% indirect costs) will be provided to cover mentored research project costs. This seed money can cover costs of recruitment and participant compensation, travel for data collection, research assistants, recorders and other devices for data collection, transcription, statistical software, use of copyright measures and other relevant expenses. Monies will not be given to pay for capital costs/furniture, computers, RETI Fellow salary, release time or course reductions.
 

Should I contact RETI faculty members I am interested in work with prior to admission to the program?


Applicants should not be in contact with any RETI faculty members/potential mentors prior to admission to the program. Fellows are assigned mentors upon admission.

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