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AACR Anna D. Barker Basic Cancer Research Fellowship

Grant Amount $110,000 USD
Grant Term2 Years
Start of Grant TermJuly 1, 2024
Letter of Intent DeadlineSeptember 26, 2023 1:00 PM (ET)
Letter of Intent Notification DateDecember 2023
Application DeadlineJanuary 19, 2024 1:00 PM (ET)
Decision DateMarch 2024
Additional InformationAdditional details regarding this grant can be found in the Program Guidelines and Competitive Letter of Intent Application Instructions. Final determinations of eligibility will not be completed until the AACR is in receipt of the submitted Competitive Letter of Intent.

The AACR Anna D. Barker Basic Cancer Research Fellowship encourages and supports postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to establish a successful career path in cancer research.

This fellowship provides $110,000 over a two-year period to support the salary and benefits of the fellow while working on a mentored basic cancer research project. A partial amount of funds may be designated for non-personnel expenses, such as research/laboratory supplies, equipment, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, and other research expenses.

Research Project Criteria

The research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research.

Eligibility Criteria

At the start of the grant term (July 1, 2024), applicants must:

  • Hold a mentored research position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or equivalent.
  • Have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past three years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2021; the formal date of receipt of doctoral degree is the date the degree was conferred, as indicated on their diploma and/or transcript).
    • Applicants with a medical degree must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency - whichever date is later - within the past three years.
  • Work under the auspices of a mentor at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.
Citizenship Requirements

There are no citizenship or geographic requirements. However, by submitting a Letter of Intent for this grant, an applicant applying from an institution located in a country in which they are not a citizen or a permanent resident assures that the visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term at the institution from which they applied.

AACR Membership Requirements

Applicants must be AACR members. Annual dues are not required for early-career researchers interested in Associate membership. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR membership by the Letter of Intent deadline. Nonmembers can apply for membership online. Members can renew their membership through myAACR to bring their membership current. You will need your logon (email address) and password to access the member portal. If you require assistance logging in, please submit a help form. Lapsed members must be members in good standing by the Letter of Intent deadline and should contact the Membership Department at [email protected] for assistance.

Application Instructions

The AACR requires applicants to complete an online Letter of Intent submission by 1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Tuesday, September 26, 2023, using the ProposalCentral website at

Program Guidelines and Competitive Letter of Intent Application Instructions are available in PDF format.