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AACR Basic Cancer Research Fellowships

Grant Amount $50,000 USD
Grant Term1 Year
Start of Grant TermJuly 1, 2018
Letter of Intent DeadlineSeptember 27, 2017 1:00 PM (EST)
Letter of Intent Notification Date12/2017
Application DeadlineJanuary 22, 2018 1:00 PM (EST)
Decision Date3/31/2018 12:00:00 PM
Additional Information

April 17, 2018 - Grant recipient must attend the Grants Reception and Dinner and formally accept the grant. Grant funds may be used to support the grantee's registration and attendance at this Annual Meeting.


The AACR Basic Cancer Research Fellowships are open to postdoctoral and clinical research fellows working at an academic, medical, or research institution who have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past three years at the start of the grant term. The research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research.

The fellowships provide one-year grants of $50,000 to support the salary and benefits of the Fellow while working on a mentored basic cancer research project.

Research Project Criteria

Research projects may be in any area of basic cancer research.

Eligibility Criteria

At the start of the grant term on July 1, 2018, applicants must: hold a mentored research position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or the equivalent; have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past three years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 2, 2015); and work under the auspices of a mentor at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.

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 (time spent in medical specialty or subspecialty training is not considered part of medical residency and will be counted against the three-year window).

If eligibility is based on a future position, the position must be confirmed at the time of application, and can NOT be contingent upon receiving this grant.

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, DO, DC, ND, DDS, DVM, ScD, DNS, PharmD, or equivalent doctoral degree) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral or professional degree.

Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for-profit private industry are not eligible.

Any individual who currently holds an active AACR grant may not apply. Past AACR grantees may apply if they complied with all progress and financial report requirements.

Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR Basic Cancer Research Fellowships, but may concurrently apply for other AACR grants. However, applicants are expected to accept the first grant they are awarded. Individuals may accept and hold only one AACR grant at a time.

Investigators currently or previously holding the rank of instructor, adjunct professor, assistant professor, research assistant professor, the equivalent or higher are not eligible. Qualified researchers are invited to apply for an AACR Career Development Award.

Citizenship Requirements

There are no citizenship or geographic requirements. However, by submitting an application 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 he/she applied.

AACR Membership Requirements

AACR membership is required. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR Associate Membership by Wednesday, September 27, 2017. The application will be applied to 2017 membership dues. Nonmembers can apply for membership using the Official Application for Membership submitted to the AACR with the required documents or apply online. Lapsed members can renew their membership through their myAACR account.

Application Instructions

AACR requires applicants to submit an electronic Letter of Intent by 1:00 p.m., U.S. Eastern Time on Wednesday, September 27, 2017, using the proposalCENTRAL website at

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