AIDS United Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship


Award Amount: Varies

Number of Awards: Not known

Deadline: November 15th for spring

Winner Announcement: Not known

Brief Description:

In the spirit of AIDS activist, educator, and reality-show trailblazer Pedro Zamora’s work to combat the spread of HIV, the AIDS United is pleased to offer a public policy fellowship named as the “Pedro Zamora Public Policy Fellowship”. To eligible, the Fellows must commit to working a minimum of 30 hours per week for a minimum of 16 weeks.The fellowship program is an excellent opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students who are seeking experience in public policy and government affairs focused on HIV/AIDS issues.

Host Institution:

AIDS United’s grant-making portfolio dates back to the founding of the National AIDS Fund in 1988. AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States.  They seek to fulfill their mission through strategic grantmaking, capacity building, policy/advocacy, technical assistance and formative research.


To eligible, the applicants must meet all the following criteria:

  • Candidates should have strong research, writing and organizational skills and willingness to work in a professional office.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced environment is critical.
  • Familiarity with HIV-related issues and the legislative processes is preferred. Both graduate and undergraduate students are welcome to apply.
  • Fellows must commit to working a minimum of 30 hours per week for a minimum of 16 weeks.
  • All people including people of color, women, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals, and HIV positive individuals are encouraged to apply.
  • Candidates must be a U.S. citizen or have secured the necessary visa for authorized work in the U.S. prior to application.
  • Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S. required prior to final acceptance.

Instructions for Applying:

To apply, the applicants must submit all the following through the email. The completed applications must include:

  • A cover letter indicating areas of interest,
  • Resume
  • Three to four-page writing sample
  • An essay answering the following questions, the essay should not exceed three pages.
  • Describe your participation in any school or extracurricular activities related to HIV/AIDS (peer prevention programs, volunteer activities, etc.).
  • Describe your participation in any school, work, or extracurricular activities related to advocacy (lobbying, political campaigns, etc.).
  • Why would you be the best candidate for the Pedro Zamora Fellowship?
  • How would you use the skills you acquire from this fellowship?
  • Indicate the time period you are applying for (spring, summer, or fall) and a number of weeks you are available.

Submitting Details:

The applicants must email their completed applications to

Award Description:

Through the program, Fellows must commit to working a minimum of 30 hours per week for a minimum of 16 weeks.

Detailed Information Link:

Contact Information:

If you have any question, contact the Fellowship Coordinator via e-mail at