Keystone Symposia

This meeting took place in 2008

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Fellows and New Investigators Workshop on Grantsmanship and Career Research Opportunities in HIV/AIDS Research (P1)

Organizer(s) Opendra Sharma, Geetha Bansal, Yen Li and Patricia Baron
March 26—April 1, 2008
Fairmont Banff Springs • Banff, AB Canada
Abstract Deadline: Nov 28, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 28, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 28, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 28, 2008

Summary of Meeting:
Scholarship Application Deadline: November 28, 2007
Registration Deadline: January 27, 2008

The Division of AIDS, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the NIH Office of AIDS Research are sponsoring a workshop in conjunction with the Keystone Symposia (March 27- April 1, 2008) "HIV Pathogenesis" and "HIV Vaccines".

The objective of the workshop is to provide opportunities for postdoctoral fellows/trainees and new investigators to develop grant writing skills, to network with leading HIV/AIDS researchers, and to promote collaborations for HIV/AIDS research projects. The workshop will begin at 8:00am on March 27 and will include presentations on the NIH grant funding processes, tips for writing a successful NIH grant application, pathways for career development, the most appropriate funding mechanisms, and potential sources of funding. A grant review session by a mock Study Section will also be included. Register early; Workshop attendance will be limited.

In addition, Hands-on Computer Sessions on HIV sequence and immunology data bases will be offered March 28-30 (schedule to be announced). Offered on a first-come, first-served basis, sign ups for these sessions will be available on site.

Detailed agenda is being finalized.

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Scholarship / Award Information


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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