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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 almost 4,700 grants to young investigators and has received support from 60 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.


Applications are no longer being accepted. The deadline to submit all applications for Scholar-in-Training Awards for the 2020 AACR Annual Meeting was December 9, 2019.


  • 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 2019). 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 November 25, 2019 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. Currently, in addition to general funding, the AACR has received funding for extra 2020 Annual Meeting Scholar-in-Training Awards in chemistry or breast cancer. This list will be updated with any areas of cancer research for which the AACR has received additional funds.

Selection of Award Recipients

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 February 2020.

Conditions and Logistics

Scholar-in-Training Award funds are to defray travel, subsistence, and registration expenses to attend the Annual Meeting. Home institutions may not deduct any overhead expenses from these funds, and no government funds are used in support of Scholar-in-Training Awards.

To receive their Scholar-in-Training Award funds, recipients must:

  • Attend the Annual Meeting and pick up their Scholar-in-Training Award in person. Photo identification, such as a passport or a driver’s license, will be required to collect the award check. If an award recipient is unable to attend the meeting or will not be the presenter of the abstract, the award must be forfeited. Scholar-in-Training Awards are not transferable to another person, or to another AACR meeting.
  • Make their own housing and travel arrangements and pay the Annual Meeting registration fee.
  • If awardees are subject to U.S. Income Tax, they must submit receipts to the AACR following the meeting to demonstrate that award funds were used to defray legitimate expenses related to the AACR Annual Meeting, such as airfare, hotel, meeting registration, etc. Failure to submit receipts will result in the Award amount being reported as taxable income and, according to IRS guidelines, the AACR will then send awardees a 1099-MISC Income Tax Form for the 2020 tax year. It is the responsibility of the Awardee to determine the requirements to report this income when filing tax returns. 

Reception at the Annual Meeting

Scholar-in-Training Award recipients are cordially invited to a reception honoring awardees and funders. The time, date, and location of the reception will be sent to awardees in March 2020. We ask that awardees make every effort to attend this special event.


The AACR gratefully acknowledges the following confirmed supporters of the 2020 Annual Meeting Scholar-in-Training Awards.

  • AbbVie
  • American Brain Tumor Association
  • The Estate of Dr. June L. Biedler
  • Breast Cancer Research Foundation
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology
  • James V. Buzzitta, MD Family Fund
  • Lanny Ian Hecker, MD, PhD, Research Fund
  • The Margaret Foti Foundation
  • Get Your Rear in Gear Philadelphia Scholar in Training Awards supported by the Colon Cancer Coalition
  • Molecular Epidemiology Working Group of the AACR
  • The Pezcoller Foundation
  • Doreen J. Putrah Cancer Research Foundation
  • Prostate Cancer Foundation
  • Sanofi
  • Società Italiana di Cancerologia (SIC, the Italian Cancer Society)
  • Sygnature Discovery
  • The John and Joe Warner Fund
  • WuXi AppTec


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