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This meeting took place in 2004

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HIV/AIDS Fellows and New Investigators Workshop on Grantsmanship and Career Development (P1)

Organizer(s) Opendra Sharma, Julie Overbaugh and Susan Plaeger
April 11—18, 2004
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Dec 11, 2003
Late Abstract Deadline:
Scholarship Deadline:
Early Registration Deadline: Feb 12, 2004

Summary of Meeting:
In association with the joint symposia on HIV Pathogenesis and HIV Vaccine Development, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is sponsoring a workshop titled HIV/AIDS Fellows and New Investigators Workshop on Grantsmanship and Career Development. The objectives of the workshop are to provide opportunities for postdoctoral fellows/trainees and new investigators to learn how to be successful in grant funding, network with leading HIV/AIDS researchers, and promote collaborations among HIV research investigators. The workshop will begin April 12 with sessions on the NIH grants process and tips for writing a successful grant application. Pathways for career development and how to identify the most appropriate funding mechanisms for new and foreign investigators also will be discussed. The following afternoon’s continuation of the Workshop will include review of grants by a mock study section. In addition Hands-On Computer Workshops and "Tutorials - Meet with the Experts" sessions will be held during the Symposia. This will allow Workshop participants to meet and interact with Symposia speakers in a small, informal setting.

Special Instructions for "Hands On Computer Workshops":

The "Hands On Computer Workshops" from 12:30 - 2:00 PM on Wednesday and Thursday are located in the Mt. Currie North room of the Delta Whistler Resort...NOT in the Conference Centre. It is a short walk to the Delta Whistler Resort from the Conference Centre.

*All other activities are in the Conference Centre

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time
NOTE: Please use the button above to Apply for a Scholarship


Keystone Symposia is offering scholarships of up to 1,200 USD to Students and Postdoctoral fellows. These scholarships are to be used to help defray the expenses associated with conference attendance, including airfare (restrictions may apply based on funding source), ground transportation, lodging costs, and a portion of meeting registration. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be used as the basis for awarding the scholarships. Scholarship recipients will be selected based on the quality of science of the abstract and the relevance of the abstract to the conference topic. Only one application per abstract is accepted. Only one award per lab will be allocated.


To be eligible for a scholarship, you must be:

A graduate student or postdoctoral fellow currently enrolled in an academic institute at the start of the meeting for which you are applying. Note: a graduate student is defined as a student who is studying for a higher degree at an academic institution. A postdoctoral fellow is defined as an individual with a Ph.D., M.D., or DVM degree who is engaged in a temporary period of mentored research and/or scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue their desired career path, and is within 6 years of these degrees.

Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
    • Organization (e.g. the abstract has a clear beginning, middle and end)
    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

Application Process

If you are eligible and wish to be considered for a scholarship, you should complete all of the following by the scholarship deadline for the meeting you wish to attend. It is recommended you begin these steps in advance of the deadline date to ensure completion.

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