Global Scholar-in-Training Awards

The AACR is pleased to offer the Global Scholar-in-Training Awards (GSITA) to eligible early-career investigators in designated developing countries, who wish to participate in the AACR Annual Meeting. 

These awards are intended to enhance the education, training, and professional network of scientists from these countries engaged in basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological cancer research.


Applicants will be asked to submit: 

  • the title, body and control number of the abstract submitted to the AACR Annual Meeting via the online abstract submission process (the AACR Annual Meeting 2020 abstract submission process opens Sept. 24, 2019. The deadline to submit is Dec. 5, 2019, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time); 
  • a CV (including a list of publications)
  • a personal statement that describes their background, field of study, current research, work setting and long-term career aspirations; how they would benefit from participating in the Annual Meeting; and in what ways they would share the knowledge gained with their home country.

Application Deadline

Dec. 9, 2019, 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time

Applicants must log in to myAACR to complete the GSITA application.

Please note that the GSITA application requires the abstract control number created when applicants initiate an online abstract submission for the AACR Annual Meeting. Please have this number available when you begin your application. 

To be considered for the award, all sections of the application must be completed and submitted by the deadline. Applicants who have difficulty meeting the abstract fee or sponsor requirement may contact for assistance.

  • Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of a country on the designated list of eligible developing countries and must not currently reside, be employed or pursuing training in a non-eligible country. These countries were selected by the AACR based upon levels of official development (OECD), income classifications (World Bank), and achievement in social and economic dimensions (UNDP).

Eligible Developing Countries 

  • Applicants must be the first author and presenter of an abstract submitted for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting.
  • Applicants must be a full-time graduate student currently engaged in doctoral research, resident, clinical or postdoctoral fellow, or early-career investigator (within 10 years of doctoral-level degree conferral at the time of this application).
  • Applicants must be proficient in English (writing and speaking).
  • Applicants cannot be employees or subcontractors of for-profit private industry.
  • Applicants are not required to be members of the AACR to apply for this award.
  • Applicants may apply for other travel awards, but may not receive more than one award from the AACR to attend the Annual Meeting.

Selection of Award Recipients

Recipients of this merit-based award will be selected based on the quality of their personal statement; CV; their overall eligibility, accomplishments and importance of this award in benefitting their career. 

Award recipients will be notified by email in January 2020. 

Prior Awardees:  2019 GSITA recipients

Conditions and Logistics

The Global Scholar-in-Training Awards are to be used to offset a portion of the travel and subsistence expenses incurred to attend the AACR Annual Meeting. 

The travel award includes complimentary registration and housing to the Annual Meeting, and up to $2,000 toward the cost of meals and travel.

Following the conclusion of the Annual Meeting, award recipients also will have the opportunity to participate in a special networking event and tour state-of-the-art laboratory facilities at a leading academic institution.

  • Award monies will be bank-wired to award recipients upon receipt of their reimbursement forms and receipts after the Annual Meeting.
  • Award recipients will make their own travel arrangements.
  • Hotel accommodations at a pre-selected hotel will be reserved for recipients and paid for by the AACR.
  • A complimentary registration to attend the Annual Meeting will be processed by the AACR.
  • Awardees are required to attend the entire Annual Meeting and participate in all activities organized for the GSITA recipients. This includes an informal interview with the AACR staff at the Annual Meeting, and the Networking Session following the conclusion of the Annual Meeting.
  • Awardees will be asked to provide structured feedback about the program via an online survey after they return to their home countries.
  • If an awardee is unable to attend the Annual Meeting, the award must be forfeited. An awardee who cancels their participation in the Annual Meeting is financially responsible for any costs incurred.

Contact Information

If you have any questions related to the Global Scholar-in-Training Awards, please contact

If you are interested in funding a Global Scholar-in-Training Award, please contact