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Internships to USA and Canada University and Medical Students to Participate in Pediatric Oncology Research

Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Program

GrantWatch ID# 194404
Agency: Foundation

Funding Source
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Geographic Focus
Canada:Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/21/23 8:00 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Internships of up to $5,000 to USA and Canada university and medical students to participate in a pediatric oncology research project during the summer. Eligible applicants are interested in pursuing a career in pediatric oncology research. A portion of funding is reserved for individuals who are from a racial and/or ethnic group that is underrepresented in the scientific workforce as defined by the NSF and NIH. The program is intended for undergraduates, graduate students pursuing a master's degree, and medical students.

The goal of the ALSF POST program is to expose students to the field of pediatric oncology research while experiencing a real-time research project. It is expected that students will develop practical research skills and engage in a mentoring relationship with a pediatric oncology researcher.

POST provides an opportunity for students to train with a mentor who is conducting research in the field of pediatric oncology. A mentor/mentee pair is a prerequisite for applying. Students may join a research project underway in a mentor’s lab or begin an original investigation with the mentor. Although the mentor and the student should work together on the application, it should be submitted online by the mentor. Students may train at an institution other than their own college, graduate or medical school, and the internship should last 8-10 weeks during late spring/summer over a time period mutually acceptable to both the mentor and the student.

ALSF seeks to increase diversity in the pediatric oncology research community by supporting the next generation of biomedical researchers from underrepresented communities. Approximately 1/3 of the 2022 ALSF POST Program awards will be reserved for students who identify as being from a racial and/or ethnic group that is underrepresented in the scientific workforce as defined by the NSF and NIH. The following groups have been shown nationally to be underrepresented in biomedical research: Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

As of 2022, the Foundation has added three required virtual events to the POST Program to ensure that the students and mentors are introduced to one another, network, and share their experiences. There will be an Orientation/Welcome webinar with guest speakers, and Speed Presentations by the students. 

Proposals must fall within the scope of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation’s mission, focused on childhood cancers. 

Grant Requirements:

  • The student is expected to reach program goals and complete the submitted training plan. ALSF expects the student to become productive in their role on a project; however, completion of a full research project is not required.
  • Attendance at seminars and other educational events related to the field, occurring at the mentor’s institution, is encouraged.
  • Students are required to attend three ALSF POST Webinars and are encouraged to attend the additional networking events. Dates to be determined.
  • Students are expected to respond to occasional follow-up surveys in subsequent years.
  • A Final Report.


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

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The POST Program is a summer research internship designed for undergraduate, graduate (only students pursuing a master’s degree are eligible), and medical students.

Mentor and Mentee Eligibility:
The following eligibility criteria apply:
- Mentors must be ALSF grantees (past or present, including those who have previously mentored POST students), Advisory Board, or Review Board members.
- Mentors must be active in the field of pediatric oncology research.
- The Mentor’s Institution must be in the U.S. or Canada. The Mentor/Mentee do not need to be U.S. citizens.
- Mentor/Student pairs must be identified prior to submitting an application.
- Mentor must commit to training the student by submitting a commitment letter with the application, and during the Program period, plan training activities and provide guidance.
- Student must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or medical degree-granting program.
- Student must be able to dedicate at least eight full consecutive weeks to the program, typically between May 1 and August 31. The dates may vary depending on the student’s scheduled break.

PhD students are not eligible.

Proposals with a sole/primary focus on patients >19 years of age will not be considered.

Indirect costs are not allowed. The budget excludes equipment/computers, service contracts, long-term supplies, and books.

- ALSF funds cannot be used for research utilizing human embryonic stem cells or non-human primates. Research with human induced pluripotent stem cells is permissible.
- Overlap with other funding sources for research or stipend is prohibited.
- Students may not work on a thesis, dissertation, research elective, or curriculum-related activity during the POST Program time.
- If the student withdraws or does not complete the 8-week minimum, the remaining funds must be returned to ALSF.

Pre-Application Information
Application Due: February 21, 2023, 8:00 pm (ET)

- Applications Due: February 21, 2023, 8:00 PM (ET)
- Award Notification: Early March, 2023
- Projected Start Date: Late spring/summer 2023
- Final Report: September 18, 2023

Applications must be submitted by the mentor.

Applications are not processed on a rolling basis. All applications will be reviewed by ALSF after the deadline.

Each mentor is allowed to submit only one POST application.

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Estimated Size of Grant
A maximum of $5,000 will be awarded. The budget may be allocated as follows:
- Student Stipend: At least $4,000 must be used for the student stipend over the program period.
- Supplies: A maximum of $1,000 may be designated for supplies associated with the student’s work. Supplies should be for consumables during the program time period. The remaining balance must be used for the stipend.

Term of Contract
Grant Duration: 8 to 10 weeks

Contact Information
Online application portal:

If you have any questions regarding the ALSF POST Program Grant, please contact Madeleine Lampert, Grant Coordinator, by email at

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer
333 E. Lancaster Ave, #414, Wynnewood, PA 19096
Phone: 866.333.1213

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