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ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award

The application deadline was Friday, March 6, 2015. View the 2015 application.

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The purpose of the ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award is to introduce medical students from backgrounds that are under-represented in medicine 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 provide medical students with an experience designed to expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology.

Eligibility Requirements

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 be able to identify a mentor with a successful record of research productivity. (A mentor can be recommended for you, and a link of potential mentors is listed below).
  • Either the primary mentor or co-mentor should be an ASTRO member.
  • Research must be undertaken at a North American institution during summer 2015.
  • The selected institution must have a well-established research and clinical program and an ACGME-approved radiation oncology residency program with qualified faculty to serve as mentors.
  • Letters of commitment from both the mentor and the selected institution MUST accompany the application. The letter of commitment from the mentor should ensure the institution is able to fund the project.

Stipend and Payment Schedule

The ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Grant will offer three students a $3,000 package that includes a $2,400 stipend for the eight-week training program (exceptions can be made for a longer program and will need to be approved by ASTRO’s Healthcare Access and Training Subcommittee) and $600 toward the cost of travel to the 2016 Annual Meeting.

June 2015

The awardee will receive a direct payment of $1,800 paid at the beginning of the fellowship upon receipt of a confirmation letter, definite timeline and completed W-9 form (awardees will be given more detailed instructions in their notification letters). 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. Please note that this support does not go to the mentor.

January 2016

After ASTRO’s Healthcare Access and Training Subcommittee reviews and approves the final report, the awardee will receive an additional $600. The deadline for the awardee’s final report submission is Friday, December 4, 2015. (More details are provided later in the application). Awardees who submit reports later than the deadline (unless pre-approved by ASTRO’s Healthcare Access and Training Subcommittee) will not receive this additional $600.

The awardee must submit an abstract to the 2016 ASTRO Annual Meeting before the abstract submission site closes. Regardless of whether or not the abstract is accepted for presentation, the awardee is expected to attend the Annual Meeting; complimentary registration will be provided whether or not the abstract is accepted for presentation/inclusion.

Fall 2016

An additional $600 will be granted to help offset travel expenses to and from the 2016 Annual Meeting. The awardee will submit travel expenditures with a completed expense form and itemized receipts after attending the meeting and will reimbursed for up to $600 (any additional costs are the responsibility of the awardee). ASTRO will waive the Annual Meeting registration fee for an awardee only if the awardee provides the name and control number of the abstract he or she submitted, regardless of whether or not the abstract is actually accepted for presentation/inclusion.

More details about the fellowship can be found in the application.

Content last updated 3/24/2015
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