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Scholar-in-Training Awards: Annual Meeting

Since its inception in 1986, the AACR Annual Meeting Scholar-in-Training Award program has provided over 5,000 grants to young investigators and has received support from 67 cancer research foundations, corporations, individuals, and other organizations dedicated to the fight against cancer.

Scholar-in-Training Awards are highly competitive and recognize outstanding young investigators presenting meritorious proffered papers at the AACR Annual Meeting. Scholar-in-Training Award funds are to support attendance at the Annual Meeting.


The deadline to submit all applications for Scholar-in-Training Awards for the 2023 AACR Annual Meeting is Nov. 17, 2022.

To apply for a Scholar-in-Training Award, applicants must first submit their abstract using the online submission system and then complete a Scholar-in-Training Award Application. Please note that Scholar-in-Training Awards are not available for late-breaking abstracts.

Submit an Application

Complete your abstract submission and make note of your abstract control number. You will need your abstract control number to complete the Scholar-in-Training Award application. Applicants will be asked to submit their abstract control number, mentor, CV (including a list of publications), and a short personal statement describing their research area and interests, current work setting, reasons for attending the Annual Meeting, and career aspirations.


  • Applicants must be the first author and presenter of an abstract submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting.
  • Applicants must be an Associate Member of the AACR in good standing (membership current through 2022). Nonmember graduate students, medical students and residents, clinical fellows or equivalent, and postdoctoral fellows who wish to apply for a Scholar-in-Training Award should submit a Membership Application Form by Nov. 11, 2022 in order to obtain membership in time to then submit an application for a Scholar-in-Training Award.
  • Applicants cannot be employees or subcontractors of for-profit private industry.
  • Applicants may apply for other travel awards but may only receive one award from the AACR to attend the Annual Meeting.
  • We encourage applications from all areas of cancer research. Scholar-in-Training Awards funded by certain supporters are restricted to certain types of cancer research.
  • The past Annual Meeting’s Scholar-in-Training Award supporters are listed at the bottom of this page.


Successful applicants will be selected based on the merit of their abstract, CV, and personal statement; every effort will be made to notify awardees by early Feb. 2023.

View the 2022 Scholar-in-Training Award recipients

Conditions and logistics

  • The Scholar-in-Training Awards are to be used to offset a portion of the registration, travel and subsistence expenses incurred to attend the AACR Annual Meeting. 
  • Awardees will participate in a welcome reception at the start of the Annual Meeting.  
  • Award recipients will make their own travel arrangements. 
  • Awardees are required to present in-person. No remote presentation will be allowed. 
  • 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. 


The AACR gratefully acknowledges the supporters who enabled us to provide 149 Scholar-in-Training Awards for the AACR Annual Meeting 2022. 

  • AbbVie
  • American Brain Tumor Association
  • The Estate of Dr. June L. Biedler 
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation in Memory of Rebecca Scheinkman
  • Bristol Myers Squibb
  • James V. Buzzitta, MD Family Fund
  • The Margaret Foti Foundation
  • Heyman Family Fund
  • John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation
  • The Pezcoller Foundation
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation 
  • Doreen J. Putrah Cancer Research Foundation 
  • Sygnature Discovery in Association with the CICR Working Group
  • John and Joe Warner Fund
  • WuXi AppTec in Association with the CICR Working Group


If you have any questions related to Scholar-in-Training Awards for the Annual Meeting, please email us at [email protected].