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Fellowships to USA Scientists for Research Training Related to Drug Development

AACR Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships

GrantWatch ID# 192580
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
American Association for Cancer Research
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/28/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Fellowships to USA early-career scientists with a medical degree to support on-site experience in clinical research and trials at a pharmaceutical company. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting a full application. The purpose of this program is to provide fellows the opportunity to gain experience in drug research and development, clinical trial design, and data analysis related to oncology.

The AACR Clinical Oncology Research (CORE) Training Fellowships Program is designed to provide an industry-academic clinical practicum with a unique opportunity for academic clinicians to train in drug development. 

This fellowship is designed for early-career clinical scientists who hold a medical degree (MD, DO, or MD/PhD) and are interested in acquiring the knowledge and skills related to drug development from the perspective of the pharmaceutical industry. The fellow will gain real-world experience in drug development, including clinical research, clinical trial design, and data analysis.

This grant program pertains to the following fellowships:

  • AACR-AstraZeneca Clinical Hematology/Oncology Research Training Fellowships
  • AACR-Johnson & Johnson Clinical Oncology Research Training Fellowships to Further Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

It is expected that the fellow will be accountable for executing clinical activities and research projects to be completed during the one-year program. Depending on the background of the fellow, additional focus areas may also be provided (e.g., preclinical research, biomarker discovery). Opportunities for publication and presentation of completed work will be provided. The industry partners for this program and their areas of interest include the following:

  • AstraZeneca (facility located in Gaithersburg, MD):
    • Late-stage clinical development within medical affairs in hematology/oncology
  • Johnson & Johnson (facility location to be agreed to, but possible locations include the greater Boston or Philadelphia areas):
    • Early-stage clinical development in interventional immuno-oncology therapies for NSCLC
    • Early-stage clinical development program aiming to intercept lung cancers in a high-risk population

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
At the start of the grant term, applicants must:
- Have a medical degree (including MD, DO, or MD/PhD) in a related field, and not currently be a candidate for a further doctoral degree.
- Have enrolled in an accredited hematology/oncology or radiation oncology fellowship program at an academic, medical, or research institution within the United States
- Not be employees or subcontractors of a U.S. government entity or for-profit private industry or be clinical fellows applying from a U.S. government laboratory (e.g., NIH, CDC, FDA, etc.).

For the Johnson & Johnson grant only, applicants must belong to one of the following underrepresented groups as per NIH guidelines (Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity)
- Individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown by the National Science Foundation to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis
- Individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities
- Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds

There are no citizenship requirements. However, by submitting an application for this grant, the applicant who is not a U.S. citizen or a permanent resident assures that their visa status will provide sufficient time to complete the project and grant term.

Applicants must be AACR members. Annual dues are not required for early-career researchers interested in Associate membership. Nonmembers interested in this grant opportunity must submit a satisfactory application for AACR membership by application submission. Nonmembers can apply for membership online at

Pre-Application Information
Application Deadline: February 28, 2023 5:00 PM

Process Overview
1. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. The deadline for submission of applications for the current cycle is February 28, 2023.
2. Submitted applications will be reviewed quarterly by the Scientific Review Committee;
3. Selected fellows will be notified;
4. The start of the grant term can be flexible and will be determined upon mutual agreement between the selected fellow, the fellow’s institution, and the industry partner.

Applicants should contact AACR’s SRGA to provide the e-mail address of the academic mentor submitting a letter of reference and the e-mail address of the endorser (if applicable) at least two weeks before the application deadlines.

Estimated Size of Grant
Each fellowship provides $100,000

Term of Contract
Duration: 12 months. Note that the continuous duration of time spent on site at the industry site may be flexible and will be determined on a case-by-case basis between the fellow, the fellow’s academic institution, and the industry partner (e.g., if a fellow must return to their academic institution during parts of the 12-month term to complete clinic duties).

Contact Information
Applicants should send all application materials as email attachments to under the subject line “Applicant name - AACR CORE Training Fellowship Application Submission."

For questions, please contact AACR’s SRGA at the email address listed above.

American Association for Cancer Research
615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19106-4404

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