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Posted: 12 Jul 2012
OCTAVE-UCSF Professional Development for Young and Early Career Investigators: Manuscript Writing Course for African Scientists
Start Date: Oct 2012
Deadline: 3 Sep 2012
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Since 2008, the OCTAVE Project (Online Collaborative Training for AIDS Vaccine Evaluation) has hosted capacity-building workshops aimed at educating and preparing Young and Early Career Investigators (YECIs) from around the world in high priority scientific and professional development areas. OCTAVE workshops successfully blend online and highly interactive face-to-face learning to increase knowledge and spark new collaborations.


The OCTAVE Project (Online Collaborative Training for AIDS Vaccine Evaluation), in close collaboration with theUniversity of California, San Francisco (UCSF), the HIV Vaccine Trials Network, and the Perinatal HIV Research Unitare soliciting applications for a novel manuscript writing course for young and early career investigators (YECIs).This course offers a unique opportunity to doctoral-level trainees and post-doctoral investigators from the Africancontinent to participate in a six month course using both in-person and distance learning approaches thatculminates in publication in a themed issue of a peer-reviewed journal. The manuscripts may focus on HIV-relatedepidemiology, social sciences, or clinical science. Basic science topics will not be the focus of this workshop (butmay be the focus of future workshops). Selected scholars will be paired with mentors with expertise in theirresearch topic.

This course begins with on-line instructional activities to prepare participants for a 6-day, in-person intensive manuscript writing workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa. Following the workshop, participants will continue to refine their manuscripts through ongoing mentoring and peer-review facilitated through OCTAVE-enableddistance learning. Manuscripts will be revised and finalized during a second in-person workshop for lead authorsin San Francisco, CA, USA. This blended learning approach is designed to provide a platform for participants todevelop and revise their manuscripts through an extended interactive process with a mentor and peers. Theobjectives of this course are:

  • To acquire the skills necessary to develop, write, and publish a scientific manuscript
  • To learn how to use mentoring and peer-review to improve a scientific manuscript
  • To integrate manuscript writing into ongoing educational and professional activities

Since 2004, the OCTAVE Project ( has developed learning opportunities for YECIs that incorporate eLearning and interactive, face-to-face workshops. A customized web-portal will allow YECIs toaccess up-to-date learning resources in advance of the initial workshop and during the months between theworkshops to support participants through the manuscript writing process. This workshop is supported by the NIH Office of AIDS Research.

Approximately 10 to 12 scholars will be selected to participate. A limited number of full and partial scholarships may be available to cover the costs of air travel, ground transportation, meals and hotel accommodations for the workshops.


We encourage highly qualified young and early-career investigators to submit an online application here. To apply, you will need to submit your CV, complete an application which requests a description of your researchquestion and data collected, a formulated data analysis plan or results from completed analysis, a letter of support from the senior author or collaborator certifying that you have approval to use and transport the raw data to the workshops, and a personal statement that describes how the course will support your professional development goals and future career plans. Completed applications are due by September 3, 2012. Incomplete applications will not be considered. 

Deadline for application: 03 September 2012

Status for notification: 15 October 2012

Mandatory pre-orientation webinar: 22 October 2012

First workshop will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa: 03-08 December 2012

Second workshop will be held in San Francisco, CA, USA: 25 March- 07 April 2013


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