Scholar-in-Training Awards: Annual Meeting

Note to Scholar-in-Training Award Applicants: Applications have been reviewed and all applicants will be notified of their status by February 5, 2016.

Since its inception in 1986, the AACR Annual Meeting Scholar-in-Training Award program has provided more than 4,700 grants to young investigators and has received support from more than 40 cancer research foundations, corporations, individuals, and other organizations dedicated to the fight against cancer.

Scholar-in-Training Awards are highly competitive and are presented to fewer than 10 percent of applicants. Scholar-in-Training Awards recognize outstanding young investigators presenting meritorious proffered papers at the AACR Annual Meeting.


Scholar-in-Training Award applications are no longer being accepted for the 2016 AACR Annual Meeting. The award application deadline was December 1, 2015.

Please note that Scholar-in-Training Awards are not available for late-breaking abstracts.


  • Applicants must be the first author and presenter of an abstract submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting.
  • Applicants must be an Associate Member of the AACR in good standing (dues paid through 2015). Nonmember graduate students, medical students and residents, clinical fellows or equivalent, and postdoctoral fellows who wish to apply for a Scholar-in-Training Award should submit a Membership Application Form by November 20, 2015, in order to obtain membership in time to then submit an application for a Scholar-in-Training Award.
  • Applicants cannot be employees or subcontractors of for-profit private industry
  • Applicants may apply for other travel awards, but may only receive one award from the AACR to attend the Annual Meeting.
  • Scholar-in-Training Awards funded by certain supporters are limited to abstracts focused to a specific field of research. We encourage applications from all areas of cancer research. The past Annual Meeting’s Scholar-in-Training Award supporters are listed at the bottom of this page, along with the research they funded.

Selection of Award Recipients

Successful applicants will be selected based on the merit of their abstract, CV, and personal statement; awardees will be notified in mid-February 2016.

Conditions and Logistics

Scholar-in-Training Award funds are to defray travel, subsistence, and registration expenses to attend the Annual Meeting. Home institutions may not deduct any overhead expenses from these funds and no government funds are used in support of Scholar-in-Training Awards.

In order to receive their Scholar-in-Training Award funds, recipients must:

  • Attend the Annual Meeting and pick up their Scholar-in-Training Award in person. Photo identification, such as a passport or a driver’s license, will be required to collect the award check. If an award recipient is unable to attend the meeting or will not be the presenter of the abstract, the award must be forfeited. Scholar-in-Training Awards are not transferable to another person, or to another AACR meeting.

  • Make their own housing and travel arrangements and pay the Annual Meeting registration fee.

  • If awardees are subject to U.S. Income Tax, they must submit receipts to the AACR following the meeting to demonstrate that award funds were used to defray legitimate expenses related to the AACR Annual Meeting, such as airfare, hotel, meeting registration, etc. Failure to submit receipts will result in the award amount being reported as taxable income and, according to IRS guidelines, the AACR will then send awardees a 1099-MISC Income Tax Form for the 2015 tax year. It is the responsibility of the awardee to determine the requirements to report this income when filing tax returns.

Reception at the Annual Meeting

Scholar-in-Training Award recipients are cordially invited to a reception honoring awardees and funders. The time, date, and location of the reception will be sent to awardees in March 2016. We ask that awardees make every effort to attend this special event.


The AACR gratefully acknowledges supporters who enabled us to provide 124 Scholar-in-Training Awards for the 2015 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Aflac Inc. recognizes outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists.
The Estate of Dr. June L. Biedler recognizes meritorious proffered papers in the field of drug resistance. The late Dr. Biedler was a dedicated member of AACR and a distinguished scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.  
Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology recognizes outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists.
The Gerald B. Grindey Memorial Fund for a meritorious proffered paper in the field of preclinical science. The late Dr. Grindey was a dedicated member of the AACR and a distinguished scientist at Eli Lilly and Company.
Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia recognizes outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists relating to colorectal cancer research.
Susan G. Komen® recognizes outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists relating to breast cancer research.
Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company recognizes outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists.
MEG (the AACR Molecular Epidemiology Working Group) provides travel support and membership to MEG to early-career scientists presenting outstanding abstracts in the field of molecular epidemiology.
The Pezcoller Foundation provides travel support recognizing outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists in Europe.
The Prostate Cancer Foundation recognizes outstanding early-career scientists presenting outstanding proffered papers in advanced prostate cancer research.
Società Italiana di Cancerologica (SIC, the Italian Cancer Society) provides travel support to young investigators who are members of SIC, the oldest association dedicated to oncology operating in Italy.
The John W. Warner Fund supports an early-career investigator who will be presenting a proffered paper relating to cholangiocarcinoma. Established in memory of John Wayne Warner by his family.
WICR (the AACR Women in Cancer Research constituency group) provides travel support to members of WICR presenting outstanding proffered papers through the AACR-WICR Scholar Awards.

Contact Information

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