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.
Eligible candidates for these awards must meet the following criteria:
- Applicants must be graduate students, medical students or residents, postdoctoral or clinical fellows or equivalent.
- Applicants must be Associate Members of AACR in good standing in 2013.
- Applicants must submit an abstract as a first author and presenter that is accepted for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting.
The Scholar-in-Training Awards are designated for travel exclusively to the AACR Annual Meeting, which is held in April of each year. All awardees must be presenting a scientific abstract at a poster session or minisymposium during the Annual Meeting. Awards are selected based upon the novelty, quality, and significance of the abstract submitted. They are given according to the scientific merit of the abstract, within the restrictions set by our funders, and without regard to financial need. Approximately 150 awards are presented at the Annual Meeting each year to meritorious candidates, out of greater than 2,000 applicants. The acceptance rate of less than 10 percent makes these awards highly competitive.
Awardees will receive financial support to help offset the costs incurred while attending the Annual Meeting. Costs might include registration, abstract submission fees, economy air or rail transportation, hotel accommodations, meals, etc. According to IRS regulations, this award is subject to U.S. federal income tax. All awardees who reside in the United States must account for their use of the award funds or they will be issued a 1099 misc tax form at year-end for the amount of the award.
Applicants can select to be considered for a Scholar-in-Training Award at the time of abstract submission. While submitting an abstract, applicants should select the designated box to confirm that they meet the eligibility criteria for the Scholar-in-Training Awards. This box is located under the tab labeled “Financial Support for Attendance.”
The AACR Annual Meeting 2014 Call for Abstracts is now available. All abstracts must be submitted electronically using the AACR Online Abstract Submission System. The deadline for abstract submission is Tuesday, December 3. Awards should be announced in late January.
Nonmembers who are interested in applying for a Scholar-in-Training Award are encouraged to submit an application for AACR Associate membership by December 1, 2013. The application will be applied to 2013 membership dues. An application may be downloaded from the AACR website at www.aacr.org.
If you are a scientist from a group that is considered to be underrepresented in cancer research by NCI (African-Americans, Hispanic-Americans, Native-Americans, Native Pacific Islanders, and Native Alaskans), you may be interested in applying for an AACR Minority Scholar Award. Please email email@example.com for details.
If you are a member of Women in Cancer Research (WICR), you may be interested in applying for an AACR Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Elizabeth Dempsey, Program Coordinator
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The AACR gratefully acknowledges the following supporters of Scholar-in-Training Awards and International Travel Grants:
Aflac Incorporated: Recognizing outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists.
Avon Foundation: Providing travel support to abstract presenters working in breast cancer or other female cancers travelling from countries where opportunities for scientific advancement are limited.
Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology: Recognizing outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists.
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.
GlaxoSmithKline: Providing travel support to early-career scientists presenting outstanding papers in clinical cancer research through the GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Clinical Scholar Awards.
Italian Cancer Society (SIC): Provides travel support to young investigators who are members of SIC, the oldest association dedicated to oncology operating in Italy.
Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company: Recognizing outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists.
Molecular Epidemiology Working Group of AACR: Provides travel support and membership in 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.
Prostate Cancer Foundation: Recognizing outstanding early-career scientists presenting outstanding proffered papers in advanced prostate cancer research.
Susan G. Komen: Recognizing outstanding proffered papers by early-career scientists relating to breast cancer research.
The 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.
Women in Cancer Research: Provides travel support to members of WICR presenting outstanding proffered papers through the AACR-WICR Scholar Awards.