photo collage of SOAR students



Are you interested in a career to defeat HIV/AIDS in vulnerable communities? Applications for Fall 2024 will open in winter 2024, with a March 7th deadline. Check back for updates!


  • Undergraduates at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor who will have junior standing in the fall*
  • Students who are interested in behavioral and social science research related to HIV/AIDS, especially among sexual and gender minority communities and/or communities of color
  • Students who are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in behavioral and social sciences
    • For example, a Ph.D. in a field such as Afroamerican Studies, Anthropology, Psychology, Sociology, Health Policy, Public Health, Nursing, Political Science, Women’s & Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, etc.
    • This program does not support admission into medical school.
  • We especially encourage students who identify as sexual or gender minorities, and those who identify as Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino/a/x, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander; individuals with disabilities; and/or first-generation college students to apply.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident of the United States (required by NIH).

*If you won't have junior standing in the fall, but want to be notified when future applications are available, please email for SOAR.


  • This is a two-year program.
  • Students will participate in SOAR during their junior and senior years, including the summer between junior and senior year.
  • Please review the program requirements before applying.

View our FAQ's for prospective students.

Application Process

  • Online applications for Fall 2024 will be available in mid-January.
  • Application Deadline: March 7, 2024 (by 11:59 p.m. ET)
  • Top applicants will be interviewed in April 2024.
  • Acceptance decisions will be made by early May.
  • Admitted students will be matched with a faculty research mentor in June.
  • Admitted students will be invited to an orientation session in August.

The application includes:

  • Two essay questions:
    • Interest and Qualifications: Explain why you are interested in the SOAR program and what you hope to gain from participating (500 word limit); 
    • Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion: Explain how your personal background will bring a unique perspective to the program and contribute to a diverse and inclusive SOAR community (250 word limit).
  • You also must upload a copy of your most recent U-M unofficial transcript, and acknowledge your willingness to enroll in the required course, Behavioral and Social Science Research in HIV: Methods and Perspectives for SGM Communities in Fall and Winter.


photos of SOAR scholars with testimonial text. First picture is Feaven Gebrezgi with a quote that says I’ve gained confidence in a number of skills and learned to advocate for myself and ask for help. I’ve found a community of faculty and students that has provided me with immense support, knowledge, and love that has only allowed me to grow! Next is Celia Morones with a quote that says My cohort is one of the coolest group of people I have met! We have diverse research interests and there are always opportunities being shared. It is a very encouraging and empowering environment to be in!