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The Resident Travel Award (RTA) provides financial support for residents from underrepresented populations to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting. This award allows physician residents interested in a career in oncology to travel to the ASCO Annual Meeting, where they will have the opportunity to meet oncologists and to learn more about career option in the field of oncology.   

The Resident Travel Award includes a $1,500 travel advance and complimentary ASCO Annual Meeting registration. The number of Resident Travel Awards in each funding cycle is not predetermined by Conquer Cancer.  Awards are given based on individual merit and availability of funds. 

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Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Resident Travel 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 Grants Portal. Paper applications or applications sent by e-mail or fax will not be accepted.

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Open: Apply by October 31, 2019.

Application Deadlines

Application Open: 

August 1, 2019

Letter of Intent Deadline: 

Application Deadline: 

October 31, 2019

Award Term: 


The Resident Travel Award was first awarded in 2009. As of 2019, Conquer Cancer has provided financial support for 89 physician residents from underrepresented populations to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting.

2019 Resident Travel Award Recipients

Jacquelyne Gaddy, MD
University at Buffalo
Alexander Jordan, MD
New York University (NYU) School of Medicine
Jonathan Macias, MD
Long Island Jewish Medical Center
Amblessed Onuma, MD
The Ohio State College of Medicine
Anghela Paredes, MD, MS
The Ohio State University
Dario Villamar, MD
New York-Presbyterian Hospital


The Resident Travel Award for Underrepresented Populations is supported by:

BB&T Charitable Fund
Bristol-Myers Squibb

This list reflects commitments as of April 29, 2019.

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.