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ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award

What is the goal of the Minority Summer Fellowship Award?

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. Although 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.

Am I Eligible?

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.
  • Either the primary mentor or co-mentor should be an ASTRO member.
  • Research must be undertaken at a North American institution during the summer of 2014.
  • The selected institution must have a well-established research and clinical program and an ACGME-approved radiation oncology residency program in radiation oncology sciences 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.

What are the terms of the award?

The ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Grant offers each student a $3,000 package that includes a $2,400 stipend for an eight-week training program and $600 toward attendance to the ASTRO Annual Meeting the following year (2015). Host departments may provide additional support depending on the outcomes of the fellowship. The grantee will receive a direct payment of $2,400 paid at the beginning of the fellowship upon receipt of a confirmation letter, definite timeline and completed W-9 form (award winners 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. The grantee must submit an abstract to the 2015 ASTRO Annual Meeting before the abstract submission site closes. An additional $600 is set aside to help offset travel expenses to the Annual meeting. The grantee 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 grantee).

How do I apply?

The application deadline has passed. 

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline for the Minority Summer Fellowship award was March 7, 2014. Award winners will be notified by early June 2014.

When does the award begin?

The start date for 2014 awards is July 7, 2014 (award winners will receive funds no later than this date).

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