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Fellowships to USA Underserved Medical and Ph.D. Students to Gain Experience in Radiation Oncology

ASTRO Medical Student Fellowship Award

GrantWatch ID# 193936
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
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Important Dates
Deadline: 02/16/23 Save

Grant Description
Fellowships of $5,000 to USA underrepresented medical and Ph.D. students to gain skills and experience in the field of radiation oncology. Program research tracks include clinical research and basic science research. The goal of the program is to encourage interest in careers in the field of radiation oncology.

The ASTRO Medical Student Fellowship Award (formerly the 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. 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.

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. 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.

Two different research tracks are described below (there is no established quota for these tracks; awards are granted based on criteria that do not including filling a certain number of spots in each track):

  • The Clinical Research Fellowship is designed to expose medical students to the discipline of radiation oncology and to enhance skills in clinical research in radiation therapy. At least one clinical research project will be identified in advance with the help of the mentor. Consideration should be made for potential delays created by IRB review of the project application.
  • The Basic Science Research Fellowship is designed to further the candidate’s knowledge in radiation or tumor biology, physics or molecular science as they relate to radiation oncology. The candidate will spend one day a week in the clinical setting; the remaining four days will be dedicated to lab research. The research project must be identified in advance with the help of the mentor. 


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

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Medical students in all years are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to first- and second year medical students; however, third- and fourth-year students are still eligible to apply. Applicants from schools without an affiliated radiation oncology residency and/or an affiliated comprehensive cancer center are encouraged to apply.

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 identify a mentor with a successful record of research productivity
- 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 2023 (applicants should discuss the impacts of COVID-19 with their mentor and ensure that the project can take place even under any related constraints at the host medical school).
- 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.
- Trainees selected for the fellowship program will be required to apply for complimentary membership to ASTRO.

Non-medical student PhD candidates are welcome to apply, but please note that this funding source is not appropriate to fund PhD work.

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. This support is not for mentors.

Pre-Application Information
- December 14, 2022: Application opens
- February 16, 2023: Application site closes
- February 24 – March 17, 2023: Application review and awardee selection period
- Late March 2023: 2023 MSF Awardees notified

Applicants should identify a mentor of their choosing as part of the application process. Should one need assistance in identifying a mentor, he or she can view the list of volunteer MSF mentors:

Estimated Size of Grant
Award winners will receive a $5,000 package that includes:
- $3,000 stipend for an eight-week training program.
- $1,000 upon submission of the final report.
- $1,000 toward travel expenses related to the 2024 ASTRO Annual Meeting. Award winners must submit an abstract related to their research fellowship project to receive complimentary Annual Meeting registration.

Term of Contract
Research must be initiated at a North American institution during the summer of 2023.

Contact Information
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For questions, email

American Society for Radiation Oncology
251 18th Street South, 8th Floor
Arlington, VA 22202
Telephone: 703-502-1550

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