Trainees in the United States and other countries, as well as oncologists from countries with limited resources, are eligible for awards in conjunction with submitting an abstract for the Annual Meeting. These awards are offered through The ASCO Cancer Foundation® Grants Program.
Merit Awards for Fellows and Junior Faculty
A limited number of Merit Awards will be given to recognize trainees who submit high-quality abstracts. In addition to a $1,500 stipend, the award includes complimentary registration for the Annual Meeting and access to Meeting housing reserved for ASCO members. Merit Award candidates must apply for this award at the time of abstract submission.
The First Author must meet all of the following requirements to be considered for a Merit Award:
- Hold a doctoral degree (including but not limited to MD, DO, PharmD, or PhD) or be a doctoral degree candidate at the time of abstract submission
- Be enrolled in an oncology fellowship training program or equivalent training program at the time of abstract submission
- Work in an oncology laboratory or clinical research setting
- Agree to present the abstract at the Annual Meeting
- Provide a letter of support from his or her Training Program Director, indicating eligibility for the award
- Provide a two-page curriculum vitae
International Development and Education Award
The ASCO Cancer Foundation International Development and Education Award (IDEA) provides support for early-career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting and to visit a cancer center in the United States or Canada. The IDEA program is designed to provide continuing medical education, assist in career development, and help recipients establish strong relationships with leading ASCO members who serve as scientific mentors. Submission of an abstract is a preferred, but not required, component of the application process.
In addition to the IDEA award, this year The ASCO Cancer Foundation is offering the IDEA in Palliative Care Award, a program with many of the same activities as the core IDEA award, but with a particular focus in palliative care. Recipients will have an opportunity to attend sessions at the Annual Meeting that address symptom management, communications, end-of-life care, and other relevant topics. They will be matched with leading ASCO members in the field of palliative care and will visit their mentor’s institution and experience palliative care performed in a multidisciplinary environment.
Award terms, eligibility requirements, and application information for both programs are available at www.ascocancerfoundation.org/idea.