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[afro-nets] Announcing the Call for 2017 AVAC Advocacy Fellows

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to share this announcement for the next cadre of AVAC�s Advocacy 
Fellows. As you�re aware, the Fellows Program has given us some stellar, 
passionate and effective advocates in over 10 countries over the years, and 
we�re hopeful that we�ll continue to get more. We depend a lot on colleagues 
like you to pass the word around. Please feel free to share this opportunity in 
your networks. See details in our Advocates Network Update below.

Warm regards


Announcing the Call for 2017 Fellows
June 29, 2016

Dear Advocates,

AVAC is pleased to announce the call for applications for 2017 Advocacy 
Consider applying to be an Advocacy Fellow and join the 50 Fellows and alumni 
of the program!

This update provides information on the Advocacy Fellows program, the 
application process, link to a short informational 
 and details on an upcoming informational 
 for interested applicants to be held on Thursday, 7 July 2016.

The submission deadline for Advocacy Fellows applications is Monday, 15 August 

Download application materials at<>.

About the Program
The goal of AVAC’s Advocacy Fellows 
 is to expand the capacity of advocates and organizations to monitor, support 
and help shape biomedical HIV prevention research and implementation of proven 
interventions worldwide. The program is guided by AVAC’s conviction that 
effective and sustainable advocacy grows out of work that reflects 
organizational and individual interests, priorities and partnerships.

The Advocacy Fellows program provides support to emerging and mid-career 
advocates to design and implement advocacy projects focused on biomedical HIV 
prevention research and implementation activities in their countries and 
communities. These projects are designed to 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/AIDS 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 HIV vaccines, microbicides, multi-purpose prevention technologies 
and cure is planned or ongoing and/or where there is implementation or plans 
for rollout for newer proven interventions such as voluntary medical male 
circumcision, PrEP, early treatment, rings, high impact combination prevention 
packages that combine biomedical strategies for population impact, and where 
the links between sexual and reproductive health and HIV risk for women are 
being studied.

HIV Prevention Research Advocacy Fellows are:

  *   Emerging or mid-career community leaders and advocates involved or 
interested in advocacy around biomedical HIV prevention research and 
  *   Individuals with some experience or education in the areas of HIV and 
AIDS, public health, international development, women’s rights, communications 
and/or advocacy with key populations, such as adolescent girls and young women, 
sex workers, gay men, other men who have sex with men and transgender women and 
people who inject drugs.
  *   Based in low- and middle-income countries 
 where biomedical HIV prevention clinical research is planned and/or where 
implementation of combination prevention packages is planned, ongoing or 
  *   Able to collaborate with English-speaking mentors.

Please visit<>
 to identify countries where research and implementation is ongoing or planned 
and to learn more about the research.

Learn More
Prospective applicants or host organizations who want to learn more about this 
program or have questions about the application process are encouraged to:

  *   Learn about the Application Process at<>.
  *   Watch two videos featuring past Fellows reflecting on their experience 
  *   Download the 2017 Advocacy Fellows Information Packet and application 
materials at<>.
  *   Visit AVAC's Fellows 
 for more information on current and alumni Fellows.
  *   Join an informational conference 
 to learn more about the program and ask questions directly to those who lead 
the program and/or have been a part of it on Wednesday, 7 July, at 8am New York 
/ 9am Rio / 2pm Johannesburg / 3pm Nairobi / 6pm Mumbai  (Visit<>
 to confirm the time in your time zone.)

Register for the call 

If you have any questions about the Fellows program or the application process, 
please email<>.

Applications are due by MONDAY, 15 AUGUST 2016.

Please share this information with your partners, and we look forward to 
receiving your application!


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