Women in Cancer Research Scholar Awards

AACR-WICR Scholar Awards are awarded to members of Women in Cancer Research who are scientists-in-training and presenters of meritorious scientific papers at AACR Annual Meetings. An application is required.

We would like to thank the Dr. John S. Cargile III; Ed and Jaqueline Gieselman; Kelly Gollat Memorial Fund for Melanoma Research; Charles and Natalina Lunsford; Rodney H. and Judy E. Margolis Foundation; and The Tang Family Foundation for their generous gifts in support of this prestigious award program in 2016.

Learn more about the 2016 awardees.


  • Candidates must be members of Women in Cancer Research (WICR).
  • Candidates must be full-time scientists-in-training who are graduate students, medical students, residents, clinical fellows or equivalent, or postdoctoral fellows.
  • Candidates must be first authors on abstracts submitted for consideration for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting.
  • Candidates may be traveling from within the United States or abroad. There are no citizenship or residency requirements.


Award applications for participation in the AACR Annual Meeting 2017 will be available in fall 2016.

Award Conditions

Awardees will receive financial support ($1,500 to $2,000) to help offset the costs incurred while attending the meeting. This might include registration, economy air or rail transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, etc.

  • If an awardee is unable to attend the meeting for which the award is given, the award must be forfeited.
  • In addition to scientific sessions, awardees must attend all special events organized by WICR.
  • Awardees must submit a letter of appreciation to the funders commenting on the scientific sessions that they attended and the AACR Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award Program.
  • According to IRS regulations, the award is subject to federal income tax. Award recipients will receive additional related information.


The WICR Scholar Award Committee makes selection for these competitive awards after careful consideration of the candidate's abstract and recommendation letter. If an awardee is unable to attend the meeting for which the award is given, the award must be forfeited.

Recipients of AACR-WICR Scholar Awards will receive notification separate from abstract acceptance and scheduling information. Due to the number of submissions, only the awardees will be notified. Names of the recipients will be posted on the AACR website and in the printed Annual Meeting Final Program.

Note: Selection for a poster session or minisymposium does not guarantee that the presenter will receive an AACR-WICR Scholar Award.

Contact Information

AACR-WICR Scholar Award Program
American Association for Cancer Research
615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-4404
Phone: 215-440-9300
Fax: 215-440-9412