Since its inception in 1986, the AACR Annual Meeting Scholar-in-Training Award program has provided more than 4,850 grants to young investigators and has received support from more than 50 cancer research foundations, corporations, individuals, and other organizations dedicated to the fight against cancer.
Scholar-in-Training Awards are highly competitive and recognize outstanding young investigators presenting meritorious proffered papers at the AACR Annual Meeting.
Applications for Scholar-in-Training Awards for the 2017 AACR Annual Meeting will be accepted until Nov. 17, 2016. To apply for a Scholar-in-Training Award, applicants must first submit an abstract, and then log in to myAACR to complete a Scholar-in-Training Award Application, found under the Applications/Awards tab, titled “2017 AACR Annual Meeting Scholar-in-Training Awards.” Only applicants that meet the eligibility criteria will have access to begin the online application.
Applicants will be asked to submit their abstract control number, CV (including a list of publications), and a short personal statement describing their research area and interests, current work setting, reasons for attending the Annual Meeting, and career aspirations.
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 2016). 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 Nov. 10, 2016 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 a 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 by the end of January 2017.
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 2017 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 2017. We ask that awardees make every effort to attend this special event.
AACR gratefully acknowledges supporters who enabled us to provide 154
Scholar-in-Training Awards for the Annual Meeting 2016 in New Orleans,
AbbVie recognizes outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists.
Aflac Inc. recognizes outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists.
The American Brain Tumor Association recognizes outstanding proffered papers by young investigators in brain cancer research.
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.
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
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.
Donations in Memory of Jodie Beth Skibicki:
Gifts made in memory of Jodie Beth Skibicki have been graciously
donated to support young investigators with high-quality proffered
papers related to BRCA research.
Takeda Oncology: The Takeda Oncology Company recognizes outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists.
Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation:
The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation has graciously donated
funds to support young investigators who will be presenting high-quality
proffered papers on triple negative breast cancer research.
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.
Donations in Memory of Dr. Lee W. Wattenberg:
The late Dr. Wattenberg, a pioneer in cancer prevention research, was a
dedicated member of the AACR and served as president in 1992.
Wattenberg was especially dedicated to supporting the professional
development of early-career scientists. During his presidency, he
launched the Associate Member Council. This award is presented to young
investigators presenting high-quality proffered papers relating to
prevention research at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016.
Donations in Memory of Dr. Richard L. Welsh:
Gifts made in memory of Dr. Richard L. Welsh have been graciously
donated to support young investigators with high-quality proffered
papers at the AACR Annual Meeting 2016.
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