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The AACR is pleased to offer the Global Scholar-in-Training Awards (GSITA) to eligible early-career investigators in countries building cancer research capacities who wish to participate in the AACR Annual Meeting. 

These awards are intended to enhance the education, training, and professional network of scientists from these countries engaged in basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological cancer research.


The AACR gratefully acknowledges Sanofi for their support of the Annual Meeting 2021 Global Scholar-in-Training Awards. 


Applicants will be asked to submit: 

  • The title, body and control number of the abstract submitted to the AACR Annual Meeting via the online abstract submission process.
  • A CV (including a list of publications).
  • A personal statement that describes their background, field of study, current research, work setting and long-term career aspirations; how they would benefit from participating in the Annual Meeting; and in what ways they would share the knowledge gained with their home country.

Application Deadline

The application deadline is November 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. ET.

Applicants must log in to myAACR to complete the GSITA application.

Please note that the GSITA application requires the abstract control number created when applicants initiate an online abstract submission for the AACR Annual Meeting. Please have this number available when you begin your application. 

To be considered for the award, all sections of the application must be completed and submitted by the deadline. Applicants who have difficulty meeting the abstract fee or sponsor requirement may contact [email protected] for assistance.


  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of a Global Scholar-in-Training Award eligible country and must currently reside in one of those countries. Citizens or permanent residents of an eligible country who are currently employed or pursuing training in a non-eligible country will not be considered. The AACR designs the Eligible Country List annually, and when considering eligibility, evaluates levels of official development assistance (OECD), income classifications (World Bank), and achievement in social and economic dimensions (UNDP).
  • Applicants must be the first author and presenter of an abstract submitted for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting.
  • Applicants must be a full-time graduate student currently engaged in doctoral research, resident, clinical or postdoctoral fellow, or early-career investigator (within 10 years of doctoral-level degree conferral at the time of this application).
  • Applicants must be proficient in English (writing and speaking).
  • Applicants cannot be employees or subcontractors of for-profit private industry.
  • Applicants must be a member of the AACR in good standing (membership current through 2020). Nonmembers who wish to apply for a Global Scholar-in-Training Award should submit a Membership Application Form by November 12, 2020, in order to obtain membership in time to then submit an application for the Global Scholar-in-Training Award.
  • Applicants may apply for other travel awards, but may not receive more than one award from the AACR to attend the Annual Meeting.

Selection of Award Recipients

Recipients of this merit-based award will be selected based on the quality of their personal statement; CV; their overall eligibility, accomplishments and importance of this award in benefiting their career. 

Award recipients were notified by email in January 2021. 
View the 2021 Awardees:  2021 GSITA recipients

Contact Information

If you have any questions related to the Global Scholar-in-Training Awards, please contact [email protected].

If you are interested in funding a Global Scholar-in-Training Award, please contact [email protected].