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AACR-John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation Basic Cancer Research Fellowship

Grant Amount $120,000 USD
Grant Term2 Years
Start of Grant Term07/01/2021
Letter of Intent Deadline10/30/2020 1:00 PM (ET)
Letter of Intent Notification DateDecember 2020
Application Deadline02/05/2021 1:00 PM (ET)
Decision Date3/31/2021 5:00:00 PM
Additional Information

April 13, 2021 – Grant recipients must attend the Grants Reception and Dinner to formally accept their grant. Grant funds may be used to support the grantee’s registration and attendance at this Annual Meeting.

In the event of unforeseen scheduling changes for the Grants Reception and Dinner, the Grantee will be contacted regarding alternative arrangements.


The AACR-John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation Basic Cancer Research Fellowship encourages and supports postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to establish a successful career path in cancer research. Research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research.

This fellowship provides a two-year grant of $120,000 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.

Program Guidelines
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, 2021, applicants must have completed their most recent doctoral degree or medical residency within the past three years (i.e., degree cannot have been conferred before July 1, 2018) and work under the auspices of a mentor at an academic, medical, or research institution anywhere in the world.

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

Applicants with a medical degree must have completed his or her most recent doctoral degree or medical residency - whichever date is later - within the past three years.

Employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for-profit private industry are not eligible.Postdoctoral Fellows conducting research in a U.S. government laboratory (e.g.  ,  NIH, CDC, FDA, etc.) are not eligible.

Any individual who currently holds an active AACR grant may not apply. Past grantees may apply if they complied with all progress and financial report requirements. Investigators may submit only one application for the AACR-John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation Basic Cancer Research Fellowship, 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.

Applicants who believe that they are at the level of postdoctoral or clinical research fellow, but hold a different title, may be eligible and must contact the AACR’s SRGA at [email protected] before submitting a Letter of Intent. 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 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 fromwhich 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 or by submitting the Official Membership Application Form and required documents to the AACR. Please review the Membership Categories for the category that best fits your qualifications. 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 contact [email protected]. Lapsed 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 complete an online Letter of Intent submission by1:00 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time on Friday, October 30, 2020, using the ProposalCentral website at

Program Guidelines and Application Instructions are available for download.