Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 1/5/2024

ASTRO Medical Student Fellowship Award for Underrepresented Populations

The ASTRO Medical Student Fellowship Award for Underrepresented Populations (formerly the Minority Summer Fellowship Award) introduces medical students from backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine (URiM) 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 expose students to clinical, basic and translational research questions in radiation oncology.

Deadline: Feb. 15, 2024

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.
  • Applicants of racial and/or ethnic demographic groups historically underrepresented in medicine (URM). For the purposes of this program, races and ethnicities that have been identified as URM include but are not limited to American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander are given preference.
  • Applicant must identify a mentor with a successful record of research productivity (more information is available in the application guidelines).
  • The primary mentor (and co-mentor, if there is one) must be an ASTRO member.
  • Research must be initiated at a North American institution during the summer of 2024.
  • The selected institution must have an established research and clinical program and an ACGME-accredited radiation oncology residency program with clinical faculty available to serve as mentors.
  • Letters of commitment from both the mentor and the department chair at the selected institution must accompany the application. The letter of commitment from the mentor should confirm that the institution is able to fund the project.
Amount Description

All MSF awardees will participate in collaborative research projects, receive expert advice from dedicated mentors, build professional networks with peers and radiation oncology professionals, and gain skills that will help them advance in their academic and professional careers. Award winners will receive a $6,000 package that includes:

  • $4,000 stipend for an eight-week training program
  • $1,000 upon submission of the final report
  • $1,000 toward travel expenses related to the 2025 ASTRO Annual Meeting*

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