A close, ongoing research mentorship experience with a senior faculty investigator is the "heart" of CAIR's fellowship program. Postdoctoral fellows are integrated into ongoing research projects where they receive individualized research training. In addition to working closely with a primary mentor, CAIR fellows have the opportunity to collaborate on multiple projects with CAIR's internationally-known faculty and to develop their own independent research projects.
In close collaboration with his or her primary mentor, each fellow prepares a brief NIH-style grant application that proposes a small, independent research project in his or her area of interest. The research project—which is carried out with the fellow as "Principal Investigator," and with guidance from his or her research mentor—typically is completed during the second year of the program. Most CAIR fellows publish one or more journal articles based on findings from their Developmental Research Project, and many use it as the foundation for later "job talks."
During the second year of the program, CAIR postdoctoral fellows receive instruction and mentorship in the preparation of small NIH grant (e.g., R03 or R21) application to be submitted to NIH soon after the fellow leaves CAIR.
During the first year of the program, postdoctoral fellows participate in weekly seminars on HIV behavioral research and in foundation areas important to the development of successful careers in health behavior research. Fellows also participate in research ethics seminars and in CAIR's conference series, which brings to the Center nationally-respected HIV prevention researchers and influential members of the local HIV prevention community.
Fellows may elect to take advantage of advanced courses and seminars offered at the Medical College of Wisconsin or at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in areas related to their scientific and educational interests.
CAIR fellows receive one-on-one mentoring in the preparation of journal articles and other research publications. Each fellow is expected, and will be guided, to establish a record of scholarly activity in an area of research interest reflected by the authorship of one or more scientific research papers. Fellows publish between two and six journal articles while at CAIR.