Getting to Zero MA – Fellowship Description

In 2015, AIDS Action and Fenway Health launched Getting to Zero Massachusetts (GTZ), forming a statewide coalition of 40 organizations to achieve the aims of the Getting to Zero initiative. Since then, the Getting to Zero coalition undertook a successful statewide community engagement process to lay the groundwork for a conversation about Getting to Zero.

The Getting to Zero Coalition is excited to relaunch the Activist Academy to train a team of HIV and AIDS activists in order to advocate for the community, mobilize others, and continue moving the conversation forward in Massachusetts.

Apply now and join our 2020 cohort! We’re recruiting a team of passionate, energetic, and hardworking individuals dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic to build a movement in Massachusetts that will ripple to states and communities beyond.

This program will recruit, train, and develop community stakeholders and activists in educating community members in HIV prevention and access to care for those living with HIV/AIDS. The Academy will equip participants with the comprehensive knowledge and tools to advocate on behalf of their community, mobilize and cultivate other activists, and educate community members and state officials.

Individuals representing the populations most deeply impacted by the HIV epidemic are strongly encouraged to apply – namely, members of the LGBTQ+ community and people of color. We’re looking to build a cross-generational class, including long-term survivors, people living with HIV, people who use PrEP for HIV prevention, and advocates.

The advocacy focus of the 2020 cohort will be sexual health and harm reduction/overdose prevention. A new feature of this year’s program is the selection, by the applicants, of the project development track that interests them: Community Awareness or Policy Engagement track. The Community Awareness track will involve cultivating and mobilizing community stakeholders through educational outreach. The Policy Engagement track will involve training activists and increasing awareness of/engagement in policy and legislative developments. Fellows in both tracks will conduct projects related to advancing the goals of their advocacy focus.

Fellow responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Ideal candidates will:

The fellowship program will run from September 2020 to March 2021. Fellows will be compensated with stipends for participation throughout the duration of the program. The deadline to apply is July 17th, 2020.

* Must be 18+ to apply. Accepted applicants will be asked to provide a mailing address and social security number to receive payment for participation.

For any further questions, please email Alyvia Norris at


Applications are currently closed!

Below are the open response questions from the application. Google Forms will not save your responses due to technology errors (i.e. lost wifi, if you get logged out of your account, etc).

We recommend that you copy and paste the questions below into a separate document to record your answers. Once your answers are complete, you can copy and paste your answers into your application (and have a copy of your answers in case anything happens)! Only completed applications submitted with our Google Form ( will be accepted. Please do not email your answers.

Open response questions:

  1. Why is addressing HIV in your community important to you?
  2. Why do you want to join this fellowship program?
  3. What skills do you possess that make you an asset to a team? What skills do you hope to grow through this opportunity?
  4. What else are you involved in during Sept 2020 – March 2021? How do you plan to manage participation in the fellowship program along with your other responsibilities? (Be sure to include work, school, and/or volunteer responsibilities!)

Important Dates

** Please note that we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and will alter both days of orientation to be online if needed.