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AACR-Exelixis Renal Cell Carcinoma Research Fellowship

Grant Amount $130,000 USD
Grant Term2 Years
Start of Grant TermAugust 1, 2024
Application DeadlineApril 11, 2024 1:00 PM
Decision DateJune 2024
Additional InformationAdditional details regarding this grant program can be found in the Program Guidelines and Application Instructions. Final determination of eligibility will not be completed until the AACR is in receipt of the submitted application.

The AACR-Exelixis Renal Cell Carcinoma Research Fellowship represents a joint effort to encourage and support a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow to conduct renal cell carcinoma research and to establish a successful career path in this field. The research proposed for funding may be in basic, translational, clinical, or population sciences research and must have direct applicability and relevance to renal cell carcinoma.

This fellowship provides a two-year grant of $130,000 to support the salary and benefits of the fellow while working on a mentored renal cell carcinoma 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.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available for download. Please read all eligibility criteria and instructions carefully before submitting an application.

Research Project Criteria

Research projects must be in basic, translational, clinical, or population sciences research and must have direct applicability and relevance to renal cell carcinoma.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must have a doctoral degree (including PhD, MD, MD/PhD, or equivalent) in a related field and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree.

At the start of the grant term on August 1, 2024, applicants must:

  • Hold a mentored research position with the title of postdoctoral fellow, clinical research fellow, or the equivalent
    • If eligibility is based on a future position, the position must be confirmed at the time of submission, and CANNOT be contingent upon receiving this grant.
    • If the future position is at a different institution than the applicant’s current institution, the applicant must contact AACR’s Research and Grants Administration Department (AACR’s RGA) at [email protected] before submitting their application for information on additional verification materials/signatures that may be required.
  • Have completed their most recent doctoral degree within the past five years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before August 1, 2019; the formal date of receipt of doctoral degree is the date the degree was conferred, as indicated on your 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 five 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 an application for this grant, an applicant applying from a institution located in a country in which they are not a citizen or 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 in good standing (dues paid for the current year). Please be informed that AACR offers reduced membership due rates for applicants from countries with emerging economies based on the World Bank listing. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR membership by the application deadline. Nonmembers can apply for membership online. Please review the Membership Categories for the category that best fits your qualifications. Nonmembers must obtain a statement of support from a nominator who is an Active AACR member in good standing (dues paid for the current year). Nonmembers requiring assistance with finding a nominator may email [email protected] and include your geographical location to receive a list of members in your area to contact for nominations. For more information check the membership FAQMembers can renew their membership through myAACR. You will need your logon (email address) and password to access the member portal. If you require assistance logging in, please submit a help formLapsed members must be members in good standing by the application deadline and should contact the Membership Department at [email protected] for assistance.

Application Instructions

The AACR requires applicants to submit an online application by 1:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time on Thursday, April 11, 2024 using the ProposalCentral website at

Download Program Guidelines and Application Instructions here.