STAAARS+ Program Schedule

Due to COVID-19, all STAAARS+ activities in 2020 will be held virtually. This section describes the group activities that will take place over the course of the program. If travel restrictions ease in 2021, we will consider in-person programming for any/all relevant activities, but we are preparing to deliver all activities virtually at this time.

Group STAAARS+ activities are broken into three blocks:

  • Virtual Launch Sessions (described in this document)
  • Trainings
  • Seminars

Virtual Launch Sessions take place with STAAARS+ Teams and their mentors, while the Trainings and Seminars are held jointly with STAARS Fellows.  Trainings and Seminars are described in a separate document. These blocks are overlapping in time and all training timing is organized based on the estimated timing of teams’ needs during the research process. The timing for group events in the table below is approximate. Please refer to calendar invites for the most accurate timing.


Target date

Virtual Launch Session 1: Fellows and Mentors Orientation

June 15-16, 2020

Virtual Launch Session 2: Institutional Orientation

Mid-June, 2020

Virtual Launch Session 3: Presentations

July 2, 2020

Virtual Launch Session 4: Panel of Past Fellows

July 3, 2020

Virtual Launch Session 5: Team Work Planning

July 7, 2020

Milestone: Work plan complete and approved

July 25, 2020

Training 1: Transparent and Reproducible Research

July 10, 2020

Training 2: Data Management with CISER

July 13-20, 2020

Virtual Launch Session 6: PRCI Introductory Webinar

Mid-August, 2020

Training 3: Time Management

August 21, 2020

Training 4: Writing Structure

September 1, 2020

STAARS/STAAARS+ Seminar 1: Two paper presentations

September 29, 2020

STAARS/STAAARS+ Seminar 2: Three paper presentations

September 30, 2020

STAARS/STAAARS+ Seminar 3: Two paper presentations

October 1, 2020

Milestone: Paper Draft 1

October 26, 2020

Seminar 4: Intensive Feedback Workshop

November 4-5, 2020

Training 5: Grantsmanship

November 10, 2020

Milestone: Paper Draft 2

February 1, 2021

Training 6: Navigating Peer Review

Late March, 2021

Seminar 5: USAID seminar

Mid-May 2021

Policy Outreach Activities (details forthcoming)

March-May 2021

Milestone: Policy Outreach Deliverable(s)

May 2021

Milestone: Paper Submission to Academic Journal

May 2021