American Cancer Society Fellowship for Beginning Investigators: Promoting Cancer Control in Developing Countries

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Deadline: 1 November 2015

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is accepting applications for its 2016 International Fellowships for Beginning Investigators, an annual program that aims to foster the flow of research knowledge, experience, expertise, and innovation between countries.

Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to beginning investigators and researchers to support the promotion of cancer control in developing countries. The one-year fellowships are designed to advance the academic career development of beginning cancer investigators through translational, clinical, behavioral or population research projects.

Until now, UICC has provided grants to more than 6,000 cancer professionals and institutions in support of cancer control, prevention and early detection, research, education, advocacy and community outreach.

Thematic Areas of Research

  1. Conduct the research at not-for-profit institutions in an area of cancer research listed below:
  2. Biology
  3. Etiology (causes of cancer)
  4. Prevention
  5. Early Detection, Diagnosis, and Prognosis
  6. Treatment
  7. Cancer Control, Survivorship, and Outcomes Research
  8. Scientific Model Systems

Research Objectives

  • To foster a bi-directional flow of research knowledge, experience, expertise, and innovation between countries
  • To support the promotion of cancer control in developing countries through epidemiology, cancer control, and other areas of cancer research
  • To advance the academic career development of beginning cancer investigators through translational, clinical, behavioural, or population-based research project

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applicants can be research investigators, clinician scientists, epidemiologists, public healthprofessionals studying projects with relevance to low-, lower-middle- and upper middle-income countries (as defined by the World Bank).
  • Be a beginning investigator or clinician in the early stages of their independent investigator career and possessing a terminal advanced degree
  • Applicants are to be in the early phases of their career and no longer under research mentoring.
  • Hold an academic university or hospital position with an explicit commitment to return to the home institute
  • Have not been previously awarded an ACSBI
  • Conduct the research at not-for-profit institutions in an area of cancer research listed above:
  • Candidates attached to commercial entities or have associations with the tobacco industry are not eligible.

Application process

The completed application along with all documents must be submitted online in English and are accepted at any time. In addition, several documents are to be uploaded with the application form:

  1. A Biosketch of the applicant (template provided online)
  2. A Project Description and Personal Statement (template and instructions provided online)
  3. An Attestation on Letterhead Paper from Home Supervisor (template provided online)
  4. One-Page Resume of Host’s Project-Related Activities
  5. Hand-Signed Host Attestation (template provided online)
  6. Hand-Signed Letter of Invitation on Letterhead Paper from Host Supervisor

For more information, please visit Cancer Research Call for Applications.