Boston University Clinical HIV/AIDS Research Training Program

About the Program

The BU-CHART Program at Boston Medical Center is a two-year mentored postdoctoral research training program designed for physicians and other health scientists to enable them to conduct high -quality, ethical HIV/AIDS research focused on disadvantaged populations. BU-CHART will provide specific training in research methods of relevance to study co-morbidities, adherence, substance abuse and transmission of HIV infection. The T32 grant provides stipend, tuition, fees for coursework, travel funds, and health insurance.

Three post-doctoral trainees each year will enter a structured program that includes an introductory series of didactic lectures in HIV/AIDS, classroom work and a mentored thesis leading to the MSc or PhD degree in Epidemiology, ethics coursework and mentoring and a series of Clinical Research seminars as part of the Boston University CREST Program. Each trainee will have a mentoring team comprised of a Senior Mentor and a Project-specific Mentor.

The candidate’s research will focus on one of four specific subject areas where BU has particular strengths: Opportunistic Diseases, Adherence and Natural History, Substance Use and Transmission. The primary goal of BU-CHART is to enable trainees to become independent investigators in HIV/AIDS research with a special focus and expertise in research in disadvantaged populations.

Candidates must have completed a post-doctoral program, MD, PhD, or DSc and be citizens of the United States or permanent residents.

How to Apply

To begin the application process, please send the materials listed below to Kaylyn Bruciati (

For T32 Appointments starting July 2022, please submit applications by December 31st, 2021. If you are applying after December 31st, please contact the Program Administrator (

Applications will also be accepted on a rolling basis and are considered on a case by case basis and depending on slot availability. 


  • BU-CHART Application Form
  • Personal Statement. One page, 0.5 inch margins, Arial font, Font Size 11.
  • One page Research Plan that includes the following items:
    • Title
    • Mentor(s)
    • Research Question
    • Objective
    • Method to investigate
    • Approach (How will you answer research question?)
    • What do you think it will show?
    • Significance (Why is it important?)
    • How do you see this leading to beginning to research career?
  • CV/Resume, including publications.
  • Names and addresses of three References.

BU-CHART Brochure