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ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award

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American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

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Fellowships of $5,000 to USA underrepresented medical and Ph.D. students to gain skills and experience in the field of radiation oncology. Program research tracks include clinical research and basic science research. The goal of the program is to encourage interest in careers in the field of radiation oncology.

The ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award introduces medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education. In an effort to promote radiation oncology as a career choice, the fellowship will provide medical students with an experience designed to expose students to clinical, basic, and translational research questions in radiation oncology.

The fellowship is designed to develop a mentoring relationship that can help cultivate an interest in radiation oncology. Attending the ASTRO Annual Meeting will provide candidates with additional opportunities for professional growth after their fellowship ends. The fellowship project should be designed so that the awardee is involved in a clinical or basic science (biology, molecular science, etc.) research project and gains clinical exposure. At least once a week, the fellow will observe in clinical services, participating in all aspects of clinical decision-making, treatment planning, delivery, and follow-up. The fellow will be encouraged to attend lectures, seminars, symposia, and conferences held at the host university. The mentor plan should outline this clinical exposure experience in detail.

Two different research tracks are described below. There is no established quota for these tracks; awards are granted based on criteria that do not include filling a certain number of spots in each track: 

  • The Clinical Research Fellowship is designed to expose medical students to the discipline of radiation oncology and to enhance skills in clinical research in radiation therapy. At least one clinical research project will be identified in advance with the help of the mentor. Consideration should be made for potential delays created by IRB review of the project application.
  • The Basic Science Research Fellowship is designed to further the candidate’s knowledge in radiation or tumor biology, physics, or molecular science as they relate to radiation oncology. The candidate will spend one day a week in the clinical setting; the remaining four days will be dedicated to lab research. The research project must be identified in advance with the help of the mentor.

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The ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Grant will offer four students a $5,000 package that includes a $3,000 stipend for the eight-week training program (exceptions can be made for a longer program but will need to be approved by CHEDI), $1,000 for the completion of a final report, and $1,000 toward the cost of attending the 2023 ASTRO Annual Meeting.

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Research must be initiated at a North American institution during the summer of 2022.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Medical students in all years are encouraged to apply; however, preference will be given to first- and second-year students. Third- and fourth-year students are still eligible to apply. Applicants from schools without an affiliated radiation oncology residency and/or an affiliated comprehensive cancer center are encouraged to apply.

Non-medical student PhD candidates are welcome to apply, but please note that this funding source is not appropriate to fund PhD work.

The following requirements must be met for a trainee to be considered for the grant:
- Applicant must be enrolled in a U.S. medical school and be in good standing at the time the application is submitted.
- Applicant must identify a mentor with a successful record of research productivity (more information can be found here:
- The primary mentor (and co-mentor, if there is one) must be an ASTRO member.
- Research must be initiated at a North American institution during the summer of 2022 (applicants should discuss the impacts of COVID-19 with their mentor and ensure that the project can take place even under any related constraints at the host medical school).
- The selected institution must have an established research and clinical program and an ACGME-accredited radiation oncology residency program with clinical faculty available to serve as mentors.
- Letters of commitment from both the mentor and the department chair at the selected institution must accompany the application. The letter of commitment from the mentor should confirm that the institution is able to fund the project.

ASTRO does not pay indirect costs, overhead costs or salary support for the principal or co-principal investigator and has no responsibility for support beyond that stated in this application. This support is not for mentors.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply is Friday, February 11, 2022.

Applicants should identify a mentor of their choosing as part of the application process. Should one need assistance in identifying a mentor, he or she can view a list of volunteer potential fellowship mentors:

Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their applications by email in April 2022.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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American Society for Radiation Oncology
251 18th Street South, 8th Floor
Arlington, VA 22202
Telephone: 703-502-1550

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