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The Resident Travel Award (RTA) offers an opportunity for medical residents from underrepresented populations to meet oncologists and to learn more about career options in the field of oncology. Awardees will be expected to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting, either in-person or virtually, where they will have  opportunities to hear the latest advances in cancer research, participate in a meet and greet with ASCO members, and have the opportunity to pair with a mentor. The RTA includes a $1,500 monetary award and complimentary ASCO Annual Meeting registration. Approximately 25 awards are available.

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Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for this award:

  • Be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency program required for future training in a cancer related subspecialty (e.g., Internal Medicine considering Medical Oncology, Surgery considering Surgical Oncology, etc.).  Residents already enrolled in oncology programs (e.g., Radiation Oncology, etc.) are not eligible.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident;
  • Be an ASCO member. Residents may be able to obtain a FREE ASCO membership by joining here:;
  • Have a record of good academic standing; and
  • Be of an underrepresented population. Underrepresented in medicine (URM) is defined according to the Association of American Medical Colleges definition, as “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” For the purposes of this program, races and ethnicities that have been identified as URM coincide with those in ASCO Workforce Diversity Strategic Plan, which “include but are not limited to American Indian/Alaska Native, Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.”

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions in the Resident Travel Award Request for Applications (RFA). All application materials must be in English and must be submitted through the Application Portal. Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted.



The Resident Travel Award for Underrepresented Populations is supported by:

BB&T Charitable Fund

This list reflects commitments as of May 27, 2020.

This grant receives support that may result in a report to the CMS Open Payments website under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The supporting companies are required to report the amount of the grant, the names of physicians who are awarded this grant, and the names of their institutions. This information may appear on the Open Payments websiteFind out more information about the Sunshine Act and CMS Open Payments program.