CITAR – The UTSPH Program for Advanced Training on AIDS Research

The following grant was awarded, supported or is being administered by the Fogarty International Center at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Funding Fogarty Program

AIDS International Training and Research (AITRP)

Project Information in NIH RePORTER

CITAR – The UTSPH Program for Advanced Training on AIDS Research

Principal Institution

University of Texas Houston

Principal Investigator(s) (PI)

Hwang, Lu-Yu

Project Contact Information

Program Director: Lu-Yu Hwang,
University of Texas Health Science Center
Dept of Epidemiology
School of Public Health
1200 Hermann Pressler, RAS E-717
Houston TX 77030
Ph: (713) 500-9382
Fax: (713) 500-9359

CITAR Coordinator/AITRP Administrator: Margaret Dybola,

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Year(s) Awarded


Collaborating Country



Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF)

Project Description

This program, based at University of Texas School of Public Health (UTSPH), is a program for advanced training on HIV prevention research for scientists from Vietnam. Fellowships are for foreign health professionals leading to a four-year doctoral degree at the UTSPH in Houston followed by a 5th post-doctoral year doing supervised research in their home country. Support for CITAR Fellows may come from a variety of sources but to date has been almost exclusively from the Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) which provides two years of stipends and institutional support. This award supports the remaining three years and travel expenses between Houston and our research and training sites in Vietnam.

The goals are:

  1. Education and training of outstanding foreign health professionals for research careers in public health in their home country on HIV and HIV related issues and to help them obtain funding to carry out those careers;
  2. Foster research and research capacity in developing countries;
  3. Promote understanding and cooperation between the United States and other countries.

The training experience includes:

  1. Faculty supervised HIV field research leading to a thesis;
  2. Didactic academic courses;
  3. Weekly seminar in which faculty and fellows share presentations and discussions about HIV and related issues,
  4. Practica;
  5. Course on practical issues of international research, and;
  6. Close mentoring of all aspects of the educational experience.

A critical cross-cutting element will be ethics, focusing on the ethical conduct of science which will occur in all of the teaching elements.

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