The Academy on Violence and Abuse (AVA) Scholars Program is a mentorship program designed to improve the ability of junior researchers to conduct high-quality research and to enter into productive careers focused on understanding and minimizing the effects of violence and abuse on people’s health.  


  • Violence and abuse are prevalent and adversely affect health across the life-course. 
  • One approach to mitigate the impact of violence and abuse on health is to advance research on the prevention, recognition, and treatment of the health effects of violence and abuse. 
  • The number of researchers conducting this work is relatively small and funding is scarce. 
  • One way to improve researchers’ success is to provide role models and mentors to junior violence researchers 

AVA Scholars Program: 

  • The Program will select two AVA scholars in 2020. To be eligible, applicants must: 
    • Be an active AVA member 
    • Plan to pursue violence-related research and have a specific project for which they would like senior mentor input 
    • Be at an early stage in their career (includes post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty within 5 years of completion of terminal degree) 
    • International candidates may be accepted if they are physically located within the US for the 2 yrs. duration of the program 
  • Because they already have demonstrated research expertise, former or current principal investigators on an NIH R01 research project or the equivalent are not eligible to apply. 
  • Each AVA Scholar is matched with a mentor who will provide support for the years 2020-2021. Mentors are educators and/or researchers working in the field of violence or abuse who have strong mentorship abilities, experience with research and who are committed to the program. Mentors will provide support about: a specific research project identified by the scholar; career advice and guidance; other challenges typical of violence-related research (working with IRBs, applying for grant funding, etc). 
  • AVA scholars and their mentors will meet in person during AVA conference meetings and will have continued contact, at a minimum monthly, via ZOOM phone/video. In between phone meetings, the AVA scholar and his/her mentor will remain in touch via email. 
  • AVA scholars will be recognized at the 2020 AVA Global Health Summit and their registration will be waived. An outcome expectation is that AVA Scholars will present the project for which they received mentorship through the AVA Scholars program at the 2021 AVA Global Health Summit. The scholar will be provided registration, domestic travel and lodging to attend this meeting. 
  • The findings from this project should also be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal.

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