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Rebecca L. Thornton"The Mueller Fund supported my project "Unconventional Safer Sex Strategies" to study sexual behavior in Malawi. We conducted focus groups as well as interviews among men and women in rural and urban Malawi including a sample of sex workers and sex clients. The study is among the very first on the continent of Africa to focus in-depth on alternative safer sex strategies, including oral sex. We are preparing for our next study from the results of this small scale pilot."

--Rebecca L. Thornton (Mueller fund recipient, 2010)
[Project Abstract]

PSC Alumni Award for PSC Predoctoral Trainees

Purpose: The funds for this award are provided by PSC alumni. The award is intended to help advance the research careers of current PSC trainees by providing essential support for travel, data collection, and conference expenses not otherwise covered. Awards are up to $5,000.

Eligibility: This competition is open to all PSC predoctoral trainees in the second or third summers of their graduate program. (PSC trainee affiliates are not eligible.) Students must be in good academic standing and have the endorsement of their PSC mentor.

Support: Appropriate use of funds includes, but is not limited to: travel, data procurement or collection, equipment, and conference attendance. Budget may not contain salary for the applicant or costs for summer courses. Each proposed research activity will be evaluated on the basis of potential tangible work products – such as a paper or conference presentation – and the likelihood of completion. Recipients will be informed of their awards in time to make appropriate summer plans.

Application procedure: Eligible PSC trainees will be contacted by the Training Program Administrator by the end of March with application requirements. These include a 2-page description of the research and timeline for completion, a budget and budget justification, a CV and unofficial grade transcript, and an endorsement from the trainee’s PSC mentor.

Expectations: Award recipients are expected to make two progress reports and produce a paper resulting in a conference presentation, research report, or published article.

Annual schedule:

Call for Apps Apps Due Awards Made Grants Begin
March 31 April 20 April 30 May 1