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National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Recognizing the 12th Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week

In honor of the 12th Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW), the AACR has several opportunities and resources that will be made available Sept. 20-24, 2021, to recognize the achievements and contributions of early-career clinical and postdoctoral fellows in the field of cancer research. See below for more details or email questions to [email protected]. 

AACR membership

Join the AACR! With over 48,000 members in 127 countries around the world, the AACR is a dynamic and vibrant organization that offers its members programs and activities that promote the exchange of timely scientific information, and excellent opportunities to participate more fully in the global conquest of cancer by fostering important relationships and collaborations with cancer scientists internationally. The AACR supports the professional development of those early in their careers and offers Associate membership to clinical and postdoctoral fellows, as well as graduate students, medical students and residents, who are enrolled in educational or training programs that could lead to careers in cancer research. AACR Associate membership is free, no annual dues are required. Discover the many benefits of Associate membership. Become a member today!

The AACR is committed to supporting the efforts of underrepresented populations in the cancer research community. Opportunities to join AACR Constituency Groups and Scientific Working Groups are available to all AACR members who support the mission of the relevant groups.

The Associate Member Council (AMC) is the leadership body for the Associate member graduate students, medical students and residents, and clinical and postdoctoral fellows, of the AACR. Applications are being accepted for a three-year term on this council from 2022-2025.


  • Early-career scientists can apply to give a presentation in a Major Symposium or Recent Advances Session, as a dedicated NextGen Star at the AACR Annual Meeting 2022! Speaking slots are limited and are only available to AACR Associate members and to early-career AACR Active members who are no higher than the level of assistant professor or equivalent. The NextGen Stars program provides an exciting opportunity to increase the visibility of early-career scientists at the AACR Annual Meeting and to support their professional development.
  • Since its inception in 1986, the AACR Annual Meeting Scholar-in-Training Award program has provided more than 4,400 grants to young investigators and has received support from more than 50 cancer research foundations, corporations, individuals, and other organizations dedicated to the fight against cancer. The AACR offers Scholar-in-Training Awards to enhance the education and training of early-career scientists by providing financial support for their attendance at AACR conferences and meetings. These awards are provided to offset a portion of the registration, travel, and subsistence expenses incurred in attending these programs. The number of awards available, award amounts, and application requirements, vary by conference. Please visit the meetings and workshops calendar for a list of upcoming programs and details on financial support available.

Highlighting Clinical and Postdoctoral Fellows

Leave your personal message of celebration/appreciation for a postdoc you know via Twitter using #AACRpostdoc #NPAW2021 and we will select a few messages to feature below, throughout the week!

The AACR is a proud sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), which sponsors the annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW). The AACR and NPAW are pleased to celebrate the contributions of clinical and postdoctoral scholars to cancer research and discovery.