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The International Development and Education Award (IDEA) provides support for early-career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries and facilitates the sharing of knowledge between these oncologists and ASCO members. The program pairs IDEA Recipients with a leading ASCO member “Mentor”, enables Recipients to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting, participate in a post-Meeting visit to their Mentor’s institution, and develop long-term relationships to improve cancer care in their countries. In addition, IDEA Recipients will also receive three years of complimentary ASCO membership, including a subscription to the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

In addition, the International Development and Education Award in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC) provides medical education in palliative care, assists with career development, and helps establish strong relationships with leading ASCO members in the field of palliative care who serve as scientific Mentors to each recipient. IDEA-PC Recipients are expected to share the knowledge and training they receive through the program with colleagues in their home countries once they return.

The IDEA-PC program enables recipients to attend sessions at the ASCO Annual Meeting that address symptom management, communication, end-of-life care, and other relevant topics. The program also includes a visit to the Mentor’s U.S. or Canadian institution to experience palliative care performed in a multidisciplinary environment, and provides an opportunity to cultivate long-term professional relationships that will help improve palliative care in the Recipients’ home countries.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the IDEA and IDEA-PC:

  • Be a current resident of a country classified by the World Bank as an LMC and have limited resources to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting.
  • Not have completed more than one academic year of “formal training” (for instance, attended medical school, participated in internships, fellowships, or residency programs) in a country classified by the World Bank as High-Income.
  • Be a Full Member, Member-in-Training, or International Corresponding member of ASCO; or submit a membership application in one of these categories.
  • Applicants should be less than 10 years past their oncology training program.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English (both writing and speaking).
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in integrating palliative and supportive care into his/her institution. This may be shown by attending courses on the topic, participating in related clinical activities, etc. (IDEA-PC Applicants Only)

Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions of the International Development and Education Award IDEA Request for Applications and the IDEA-PC Request for Applications. All application materials must be in English and must be submitted through the Grants Portal. Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted.

For IDEA and IDEA-PC eligibility and application questions, please contact



Established in 2002, the IDEA has been awarded to 377 recipients from 66 low- and middle-income countries.

2019 International Development and Education Award Recipients

Aga Khan Hospital Dar Es salaam
Stellenbosch University and Tygerberg Hospital
Hospital de Clinicas de Porto Alegre
Tata Memorial Hospital
King George's Medical University
All India Institute of Medical Sciences Rishikesh
Hospice Bangladesh Limited
Black Lion Hospital, Addis Ababa University
University Hospital of Mirebalais
Mzuzu Central Hospital
B P Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
Hanoi Medical University
College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria
Princess Marina Hospital
Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición "Salvador Zubirán"
Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas
N.N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Centre of Russian Academy of Medical Science
Clinica AMO - Assistencia Multidisciplinar em Oncologia
Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital
Philippine General Hospital
University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Ituku-Ozalla Enugu state Nigeria
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hopsital and Research Centre, Lahore
Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia


The International Development and Education Awards are supported by:

The International Development and Education Award in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC) Awards are supported by: 

This list reflects commitments as of April 29, 2019.