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Opportunities for Medical Students, Residents, Clinicians, and Physician-scientists

The AACR has a wealth of information to assist investigators in their careers as clinical oncologists. Associate membership is open to graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows who are enrolled in education or training programs, around the world, that could lead to careers in cancer research. Scientists in training who already have a substantial record of publications may wish to apply for active membership, which confers full benefits of membership. Apply today by downloading the membership application. Please send the completed application to [email protected] or fax it to 267-765-1070. You may also apply online.

No Annual Dues for Medical Students, Residents, Clinical Fellows, and PSTPs/MSTPs

The AACR fully supports the education, training and professional development of early-career investigators. As Associate Members, medical students, residents, clinical fellows, PSTPs/MSTPs and others in a mentored/training position, are not required to pay annual membership dues.

Select Opportunities for Clinical Fellows

  • Clinically-relevant sessions at the AACR Annual Meeting, including Educational Sessions/Methods Workshops as part of the Friday/Saturday Educational Program, the series New Drugs on the Horizon which focuses on innovative agents that have just entered phase I clinical trials, and other sessions and posters that focus on clinical topics. Additionally, several Professional Advancement sessions include a focus on clinicians.
  • Professional development for early-career investigators via workshops, special symposia and the Professional Advancement (PA) series. Learn more
  • The NextGen Stars program, where early-career investigators can increase their visibility by presenting at Major Symposia during the AACR Annual Meeting. Learn more
  • Educational and training workshops, organized by the AACR throughout the year, foster knowledge in the field of cancer research for investigators in training. AACR Associate members are able to register for these scientific programs at a reduced member rate. Some examples of workshops that may be of specific interest to clinical fellows include the annual Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop and the annual AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop.  For more information, view the AACR’s current list of meetings, conferences, and educational workshops.
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit for both live activities and manuscript review. The AACR’s Office of CME allows physician-scientists and clinical oncologists to obtain credits and participation hours that can be applied towards satisfying licensing requirements. Learn more.
  • Funding and award opportunities, including career development awards, research fellowships, scholar-in-training awards, and travel grants.  There are two grants specifically for clinical fellows: AACR-Amgen Inc. Clinical/Translational Cancer Research Fellowships and QuadW Foundation-AACR Fellowships for Clinical/Translational Sarcoma Research. Learn more
  • Membership in the AACR’s Scientific Working Groups, open to any interested AACR members. In particular, the Cancer Immunology Working Group (CIMM), Pediatric Cancer Working Group (PCWG), and Radiation Science and Medicine Working Group (RSM), are geared toward clinical fellows. Learn more
  • The Associate Member Council (AMC), a leadership body representing Associate Members of the AACR. They develop programs that address the needs of early-career scientists. Learn more
  • Opportunities to join the AACR’s constituency groups Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) and Women in Cancer Research (WICR) for all AACR members who support their missions. Learn more
  • The AACR Early-career Hill Day and National Day of Action, an annual event that brings a group of AACR Associate Members to Washington, D.C. to advocate for robust, sustained and predictable funding for cancer research and biomedical science through the NIH and the NCI, on behalf of early-career cancer researchers. For more information, please visit the AACR Early-career Hill Day web page. Sign up to be a part of the AACR Cancer Action Alliance and receive the Cancer Policy Monitor via the Legislative Action Center at
  • The AACR Early-career Researcher Network group on LinkedIn is open to all early-career investigators interested in connecting with peers and those dedicated to advancing the careers of oncology trainees. Learn more
  • AACR cancer career resources include a website that exclusively features cancer research positions, a cancer careers resource guide, and a career fair. Online, candidates can post resumes/CVs free of charge and browse for positions with unlimited access. Employers can meet candidates online and in-person at the AACR Annual Meeting. Learn more

Select Opportunities for Clinical Fellows

For the full list of benefits and opportunities for Associate Members, please visit the Associate Membership webpage. Visit for additional Membership information.

New opportunities and benefits are being continuously developed. We encourage you to regularly visit and engage with us on any of our social media channels to stay abreast of important updates to our programs and initiatives for clinicians, physician-scientists, and trainees.