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National Postdoc Appreciation Week

Recognizing the 14th Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week

In honor of the 14th Annual National Postdoc Appreciation Week (NPAW), the AACR had several opportunities and resources that were made available September 18-22, 2023, to recognize the achievements and contributions of early-career postdoctoral and clinical 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 58,000 members in 142 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 postdoctoral and clinical 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 required. Discover the many benefits of Associate membership. Join our mission and become a member today!

The AACR has ten Association Groups, Constituency Groups and Scientific Working Groups, available to members to join at no charge to support networking and involvement.

The Associate Member Council (AMC) is the representative body for Associate members.  Each year, three Associate Members are selected to serve three-year terms on the Associate Member Council (AMC).


  • 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 Meetings! 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. More information will be posted on the website.
  • Since its inception in 1986, the AACR Annual Meeting Scholar-in-Training Award program has provided more than 5,000 grants to early-career investigators and has received support from 67 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. Visit the meetings and workshops calendar for a list of upcoming programs and details on financial support available.
  • The AACR is committed to the development of the next generation of cancer researchers therefore, exclusive opportunities to apply for AACR Postdoctoral and Clinical Research Fellowships are available. Learn more about these opportunities by visiting the AACR’s research funding page.

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.