Patient Care and Research

ASTRO-Varian Radiation Oncology Research Training Fellowship 

Applications for the 2021 Fellowship are no longer being accepted. 

What is the purpose of this Fellowship?

The ASTRO-Varian Radiation Oncology Research Training Fellowship is a joint effort to support early-career scientists to receive radiation oncology-related research training in an industry setting.

Program Format

The fellow is anticipated to remain an affiliate of the fellow’s home institution (“Institution”) but receive research training at a Varian corporate site (to be determined by Varian) through conducting research project(s) under the development by and supervision of Varian.

The fellow can expect to work with Varian in the research and development area(s) of: radiobiology, immunotherapy, applications of artificial intelligence in radiation oncology, information systems, treatment planning, imaging and image-guidance, new hardware for treatment delivery systems and quality assurance. All work will be conducted at a Varian research site and not at the fellow’s home Institution or any other academic site.

Before embarking on the fellowship, the fellow and the fellow’s home Institution will be required to sign a Research Training Agreement with Varian that includes intellectual property arrangements and a separate agreement with ASTRO to cover the Terms and Conditions of the Fellowship.

When does the fellowship begin?

The anticipated start date for the 2021 Fellowship is July 1, 2021. The actual start date is dependent on the fellow and the fellow's home Institution establishing relevant agreements with Varian and ASTRO.

Award Budget

$100,000 is anticipated to be awarded to the selected fellow’s home Institution. The fellowship funds must be used for salary support for the selected fellow and a fraction of the funds can be used for travel to the ASTRO Annual Meeting. Neither ASTRO nor Varian will pay indirect costs as part of this award. No funds may be used for laboratory or other supplies. Request for an additional housing allowance may be considered by Varian. All travel to/from home to the Varian site will be covered by the fellow or the fellow’s Institution. No funds from Varian or ASTRO will be used to pay for travel to the Varian site.


  • As of the application due date the applicant must hold a doctorate degree such as PhD, MD/PhD, MD, DO, or other equivalent degree(s).
  • The applicant must be matriculated in an accredited residency program operated by the applicant’s current training organization (“Institution”) in the United States (U.S.) and have sufficient time (1 year) to conduct a research project at Varian starting July 1, 2021.
  • Faculty members or equivalent status are not eligible to apply.
  • The applicant must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the U.S. or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence by the time of award.
  • The applicant must be a current and active ASTRO member, or have submitted an application for ASTRO membership, as of the due date of the fellowship application.

How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted online at ProposalCentral
Applications were due on January 8, 2021, 11:59 p.m. ET (GMT-5).

Program Contact

For more information please contact the Department of Scientific Affairs.