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Application Period: The application period for the 2024 MSF program is December 20, 2023 - February 15, 2024.

The ASTRO Medical Student Fellowship Award for Underrepresented Populations (formerly the Minority Summer Fellowship Award) introduces medical students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine (URiM) to the discipline of radiation oncology early in their medical education.

Medical students in all years are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to first- and second-year students. In an effort to promote radiation oncology as a career choice, the fellowship will expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology.

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About the MSF Award

All MSF awardees will participate in collaborative research projects, receive expert advice from dedicated mentors, build professional networks with peers and radiation oncology professionals, and gain skills that will help them advance in their academic and professional careers. Award winners will receive a $5,000 package that includes:

  • $3,000 stipend for an eight-week training program
  • $1,000 upon submission of the final report
  • $1,000 toward travel expenses related to the 2025 ASTRO Annual Meeting*

*Award winners must submit an abstract related to their research fellowship project to receive complimentary Annual Meeting registration.

ASTRO mentors whose students are selected to participate in the 2024 program will be eligible to receive the ASTRO-BCRF Medical Student Fellowship: Mentor Award. The Mentor Award includes a $2,000 mentor stipend to support mentor participation. Details on mentor requirements are located in the 2024 MSF Guidelines.


2024 MSF Application and Program Activities Timeline

Members of the Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (HEDI) Council's Workforce Diversity Committee oversee application review and awardee selection. Workforce Diversity Committee members are assigned as liaisons to each awardee to communicate on a continual basis, provide informal mentorship, receive updates and keep the awardee connected to ASTRO through various activities. Below is a tentative program schedule for the 2024 MSF Program.

Application and Awardee Selection
December 20, 2023 Application opens
February 15, 2024 Application site closes
February 28 - April 1, 2024 Application review and awardee selection period
Early April 2024 2024 MSF Awardees notified
Program Activities
May 2024 2024 MSF Awardee Welcome Event for Awardees and Mentors, Mentor orientation session
June through August Virtual check-in meetings
December 2024 Final Research reports due
January 2025 Virtual check-in meeting – ASTRO 2025 abstract submission prep for awardees and mentors
March 2025 ASTRO 2025 abstract submissions due
June 2025 ASTRO 2025 Annual Meeting registration site opens; 2024 MSF awardees receive complimentary registration
August 2025 Virtual check-in meeting – ASTRO 2025 Annual Meeting prep for 2024 MSF awardees and mentors
October 2025 2024 MSF attendance at 2025 ASTRO meeting

Finding a Mentor

Applicants should identify a mentor of their choosing as part of the application process. Should one need assistance in identifying a mentor, the list of volunteer MSF mentors is available online.


Eligibility and Application Information

Browse eligibility criteria, application details and additional program information below.

 


Supported by an education grant from Varian, A Siemens Healthineers Company

The ASTRO-BCRF Mentor Award is supported by a grant from the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.