Patient Care and Research

ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2022 ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award.

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. For the purposes of this program, races and ethnicities that have been identified as URM coincide with those in the ASTRO Workforce Working Group Diversity Strategic Plan, which “include but are not limited to American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander. 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 provide medical students with an experience designed to expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology.

Members of ASTRO’s Committee on Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (CHEDI) are responsible for reviewing applications and selecting awardees. CHEDI members will be assigned as liaisons to communicate with each awardee on a continual basis to provide informal mentorship, receive updates, and keep the awardee connected to ASTRO. To ensure the long-term success and sustainability of this fellowship program, it is the expectation of CHEDI that awardees stay in touch with their assigned liaisons and provide continual updates regarding their training, residency, abstracts, publications, etc. This process will help CHEDI evaluate the fellowship and justify funding for the program to the ASTRO Board of Directors.

Award winners will be introduced to the discipline of radiation oncology and exposed to clinical, basic and translational research questions. Each winner 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 2023 ASTRO Annual Meeting.*

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

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View a list of current and past awardees.

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.