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Global Scholar-in-Training Awards


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.


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.
  • A completed Institution Certification Form uploaded as a PDF to their MyAACR GSITA application.   

Application Deadlines

Applications for 2025 will open in September.

Applicants must apply through myAACR and can find the application listed under the “Applications/Awards” tab. Click Applicants may also use this direct link to the application portal: APPLY NOW.

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. Applicants must also be residing and conducting research in an eligible country at the time of the AACR Annual Meeting 2025. 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, or clinical or postdoctoral fellow. Those completing a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or other international undergraduate medical degree equivalent to an advanced medical degree in the United States, are also welcome to apply.
  • Applicants must be proficient in English (writing and speaking).
  • Applicants cannot be employees or subcontractors of for-profit private industry.
  • Applicants must be an Associate Member of the AACR in good standing (membership current through 2024). Applicants who are completing a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) or other international undergraduate medical degree equivalent to an advanced medical degree in the United States must be Student Members in good standing. Nonmembers who wish to apply for a Global Scholar-in-Training Award will be asked to submit a Membership Application Form in order to obtain membership in time to submit an application for the Global Scholar-in-Training Award.
  • Previous Global Scholar-in-Training Award and African Cancer Research Travel Award recipients are not eligible.  
  • 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 2025.

View the 2024 Global Scholar-in-Training Award recipients.

Conditions and logistics

The Global Scholar-in-Training Awards are to be used to offset a portion of the travel and subsistence expenses incurred to attend the AACR Annual Meeting.

The travel award includes complimentary airfare, registration and housing to the Annual Meeting, and 750 USD toward the cost of meals and other expenses.

Awardees will participate in a series of events before, during, and after the Annual Meeting. Following the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, award recipients also will have the opportunity to participate in a special networking event and tour state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at a leading academic institution.

  • Award money will be handed out upon landing at the Annual Meeting in the form of a gift card.
  • Travel arrangements will be made by the AACR.
  • Hotel accommodations at a pre-selected hotel will be reserved for recipients and paid for by the AACR.
  • A complimentary registration to attend the Annual Meeting will be processed by the AACR.
  • Awardees are required to attend the entire Annual Meeting and participate in all activities organized for the GSITA recipients. This includes an informal interview with the AACR staff at the Annual Meeting, and the visit to the local institution following the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.
  • Awardees will be asked to provide structured feedback about the program via an online survey after they return to their home countries.
  • If an awardee is unable to attend the Annual Meeting, the award must be forfeited. An awardee who cancels their participation in the Annual Meeting is financially responsible for any costs incurred.

Contact Information

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