ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award

Funding Agency:
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

The ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award introduces 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. Members of ASTRO’s Committee on Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion are assigned as liaisons to past and present Minority Summer Fellowship awardees to check in periodically throughout the year, gain feedback on the fellowship experience and help provide a mentorship opportunity as awardees advance in their training and enter into radiation oncology.

Deadline: Feb. 5, 2021

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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 (more information is in the application).
  • Either the primary mentor or co-mentor should be an ASTRO member.
  • Research must be initiated at a North American institution during the summer of 2021.
  • 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 ensure the institution is able to fund the project.



Amount Description

The ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Grant will offer two students a $4,500 package that includes a $3,500 stipend for the eight-week training program (exceptions can be made for a longer program and will need to be approved by ASTRO’s Committee on Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) and $1,000 toward the cost of travel to the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Funding Type



African American
Grad/Prof Students
Minorities encouraged
Native American
Women of Color


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

February 5, 2021