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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.


The Program will select two AVA scholars. 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 two years. 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 upcoming 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 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.

AVA 2020-21 Scholars

Meet the 2020-21 AVA Scholars! They all have excellent prior accomplishments and plans for the future, and we look forward to providing them with specific career and project mentorship.