Our program

****April 24 2020****

SHARP is housed within the S.F. Department of Public Health, which is responding to the COVID-19 outbreak. It is for this reason that SHARP 2020 will be postponed until 2021. All applicants will be contacted soon, and we thank you for your patience and understanding.

A few key notes:

1. An email will be sent to all persons who submitted an application with more details. There is no need to reach out to SHARP at this point. You will be asked if you can confirm you are still able to participate in 2021 if you were selected for the program.

2. If you submitted an application for 2020, you will be given full consideration for 2021.

3. We expect to screen all current applications, conduct phone interviews, and then select final applicants starting in June.

Thank you,


SHARP (Summer HIV/AIDS Research Program) is an innovative 12-week paid summer mentored internship and learning experience designed to inspire students from underrepresented communities to pursue further studies and careers in public health-oriented clinical, socio-behavioral, and community-focused research.

program highlights

    • Gain hands-on experience conducting a research project
    • Receive one-on-one mentoring from an experienced researcher
    • Explore career options in scientific research and public health
    • Participate in workshops and seminars led by internationally recognized experts in HIV/AIDS, mental health, and substance use research
    • Network with Bay Area students and young researchers
    • Learn about conducting research responsibly – in a way that respects participants and communities


All candidates must be legally eligible to work in the U.S. Students must also be currently enrolled in an accredited institution (such as an university or a community college) as an undergraduate or have graduated within the last 2 years (no earlier than 2018 graduation date). Those already enrolled in a graduate program are not eligible.

Individuals from communities typically underrepresented in the field of research are strongly encouraged to apply (African Americans, Latinx, persons of indigenous descent, persons with disabilities, persons from disadvantaged backgrounds, and individuals who identify as transgender, lesbian, gay, or bisexual).

Ideal candidates are interested in conducting research that addresses health disparities as part of their career, interested in HIV and populations at risk, and connected to the community they want to conduct research with.

  • Travel and housing stipends are available for out-of-state scholars

Apply to be a scholar

The 2020 application cycle has closed.