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Associate Membership

The AACR supports the education, training, and professional development of early-career investigators in the cancer field. No annual dues required for Associate membership. AACR Associate membership is open to graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows who are enrolled in educational or training programs that could lead to careers in cancer research. The AACR is pleased to offer opportunities to investigators in the international community, in particular, those located in countries with emerging economies. World Bank List of Countries with Emerging Economies

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Benefits of Associate Membership

Membership benefits include significantly reduced registration rates for participation in AACR Annual Meetings and special conferences, the privilege of sponsoring a proffered paper (abstract) for consideration for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting, substantially reduced subscriptions rates to one or more of AACR’s nine scientific journals, a membership card that acknowledges the member is in good standing, and more.

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The AACR continues to develop programs and activities to address the professional advancement needs of early-career members.  As an exclusive Associate member benefit, the association is excited to announce a new Virtual Professional Development Forum Series that will launch in 2021. We need your input to help shape the series by identifying topics that are of most interest and value to you as early-career researchers. Don’t delay, share your recommendations by March 19, 2021. Give Us Your Feedback!


The AACR offers a variety of scholar awards and travel grants that provide financial support for attendance at AACR Annual Meetings, special conferences, and other scientific meetings sponsored by the AACR worldwide.

Associate Member Council (AMC)

The AACR Associate Member Council (AMC) is the leadership body for over 23,000 AACR Associate Members. Members of the AMC, who serve three-year terms, develop programs and initiatives that address the particular needs of early-career scientists. Additionally, the AMC acts as an advisory body to the AACR leadership on issues of concern to the next generation of cancer researchers.

Educational Workshops

The AACR organizes several summer educational workshops each year that foster knowledge in the cancer field for investigators in training. Each educational workshop is designed primarily for fellows and junior faculty and provides intensive one-week training, mentoring, and networking opportunities in an informal setting.

AACR Early-career Hill Day

The AACR Early-career Hill Day is 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. Over the course of over 30 Congressional visits during a single day, participants are able to stress how important it is to invest in the future of cancer research and provide their own personal perspectives as the investigators whose careers may be most impacted by the support of this essential funding. Accompanying them in a mentoring capacity is an established investigator from the AACR Science Policy and Government Affairs Committee. This event is an important opportunity for the AACR’s Associate members to engage in advocacy at the federal level and educate lawmakers on the progress and promise in cancer research. Learn More.


The AACR’s career website exclusively features cancer research positions. Candidates can post resumes or CVs free of charge and browse for positions with unlimited access. Employers can meet candidates online and in person at the AACR Annual Meeting.

General Resources for Early-career Researchers

AACR resources available to assist scientists early in their career: