Thank you for your interest in the AIDS United Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship! The information below will likely answer some of your questions as you think about applying for our program.
If you do not see the answer to your question below, contact us at: Zamora@aidsunited.org
What is a typical day like for a Zamora Fellow?
AIDS United staff work to ensure that Zamora Fellows have a meaningful learning experience during their Fellowship. Zamora Fellows are integral members of our team, providing Fellows an in-depth professional experience. Fellows have the opportunity to be involved in many areas of the organizations policy functions including writing for the AU Weekly Policy Update, attending meetings and briefings on Capitol Hill, and other related events. AIDS United works with every Fellow to design and complete a capstone project that serves as a tangible result of their time at AIDS United that they can use as an example of their work (past examples include fact sheets, policy briefs, etc.).
Are there specific policies, federal agencies, or public programs that I should I know about?
While the primary goal of the Fellowship is meant to be a learning opportunity for the Fellow, there are a few resources that you can use to familiarize yourself with policies or agencies that we regularly work with: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, National HIV/AIDS Strategy: Updated 2020, Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, HRSA HIV/AIDS Programs, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS, and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention—HIV/AIDS.
How long is the Fellowship?
The Fellowship generally runs for 4 months for Fellows serving during the fall and spring semesters and 3 months for Fellows serving during the summer. The time commitment is discussed during the interview process and is based on the needs of AIDS United and the schedule of the candidate.
Where is the Fellowship based?
The Fellowship is based at the AIDS United office in Washington, DC. We are located downtown just blocks from The White House and in easy proximity to public transportation.
Is housing provided?
Housing is not provided and Fellows are expected to make their own living arrangements.
Is this a paid Fellowship?
Yes, the Fellow receives a stipend of $1000 per month.
What is the weekly time commitment for the Fellowship?
We generally expect that Fellows spend a minimum of 30 hours per week on program activities. Fellows are free to use the remaining time to engage in professional development events, attend conferences or networking opportunities, see the sites around Washington, DC, and/or get a part-time job to assist with the cost of living in Washington, DC.
Is there a preference for candidates with backgrounds in public policy or public health?
AIDS United takes a strong intersectional approach to our work, so experience in public policy, public health, or related social justice fields is highly sought after. We have also hosted many Fellows with backgrounds in medicine or health science. While most former Fellows have had formal education or working experience in public policy and/or public health, we accept and value applications from anyone who is interested. Hear from some previous Fellows here.
When should I apply for the Fellowship?
We offer Fall, Spring, and Summer Fellowships. The application deadlines are as follows:
- For the fall Fellowship, applicants should apply by July 15,
- For the spring Fellowship, the applicant should apply by October 15, and
- For the summer Fellowship, the applicant should apply by March 15.
Are there opportunities for growth within AIDS United after completion of the program?
Zamora Fellows are welcome and encouraged to apply for positions of employment at AIDS United. A number of former Fellows have gone on to become members of the AIDS United Staff.