Global Scholar-in-Training Awards

The AACR is pleased to offer the Global Scholar-in-Training Awards (GSITA) to eligible early-career investigators in countries designated by the World Bank as low-, lower-middle, or upper-middle income economies (LMIC), who wish to participate in the AACR Annual Meeting. 

These awards are intended to enhance the education, training, and professional network of scientists from these countries engaged in basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological cancer research.


Applicants will be asked to submit: 
  • the title, body and control number of the abstract submitted to the AACR Annual Meeting via the online abstract submission process; 
  • CV (including a list of publications); and 
  • a personal statement that describes their background, field of study, current research, work setting and long-term career aspirations; how they would benefit from attending the Annual Meeting; and in what ways they would share the knowledge gained with their home country.

Application Deadline

The application process is currently CLOSED. Deadlines for 2020 have yet to be determined but will be posted as soon as they become available. 

To be considered for the award, all sections of the application must be completed and submitted by the application deadline. Applicants must log in to myAACR to complete the application. 

Please note that the GSITA application requires applicants to initiate an online abstract submission for the AACR Annual Meeting and provide the abstract control number. Applicants who have difficulty meeting the abstract fee or sponsor requirement may contact for assistance.

  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of a country designated by the World Bank as a low-, lower-middle, or upper-middle income economy (LMIC). A listing of these countries can be found at The World Bank website. Candidates must reside in the country to be eligible for the award. Researchers who are citizens or permanent residents of a LMIC, but currently employed or pursuing training in a country outside of a LMIC are not eligible.
  • Applicants must be the first author and presenter of an abstract submitted for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting.
  • Applicants must be a full-time graduate student currently engaged in doctoral research, resident, clinical or postdoctoral fellow, or early-career investigator (within 10 years of doctoral-level degree conferral at the time of this application).
  • Applicants must be proficient in English (writing and speaking).
  • Applicants cannot be an employee or subcontractor of for-profit private industry.
  • Applicants are not required to be members of the AACR to apply for this award.
  • Applicants may apply for other travel awards, but may not receive more than one award from the AACR to attend the Annual Meeting.

Selection of Award Recipients

Recipients of this merit-based award will be selected based on the quality of their personal statement; CV; and their overall eligibility, accomplishments and importance of this award in benefitting their career. 

Award recipients will be notified by email. 

Congratulations to the 2019 GSITA recipients.

Conditions and Logistics

The Global Scholar-in-Training Awards are to be used to offset a portion of the travel and subsistence expenses incurred to attend the AACR Annual Meeting. 

The travel award includes complimentary registration and housing to the Annual Meeting, and up to US$2,000 toward the cost of meals and travel.

Following the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, award recipients also will have the opportunity to participate in a special networking event and tour state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at a leading academic institution.

  • Award monies will be bank-wired to award recipients upon receipt of their reimbursement forms and receipts after the Annual Meeting.
  • Award recipients will make their own travel arrangements.
  • Hotel accommodations at a pre-selected hotel will be reserved for recipients and paid for by AACR.
  • Awardees are required to participate in an informal interview with AACR staff at the Annual Meeting, and to provide structured feedback about the program via an online survey after they return to their home countries.
  • If an awardee is unable to attend the Annual Meeting, the award must be forfeited. An awardee who cancels their participation in the Annual Meeting is financially responsible for any costs incurred.

Contact Information

If you have any questions related to the Global Scholar-in-Training Awards, contact