Minority Travel Scholarships

The ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group (ECOG-ACRIN) offers travel scholarships to encourage minority investigator trainees to attend the Group Meetings, which occur twice a year in the spring and fall. The meeting features a Health Equity Committee Plenary Session and numerous scientific committee meetings that highlight active and planned research studies in the areas of cancer control and outcomes, therapeutic studies, and biomarker sciences. The meeting also includes educational sessions for clinical trial professionals and networking opportunities.

Awardees do not receive research grant funding; however, ECOG-ACRIN covers travel and lodging costs associated with attendance at the meeting. Following the meeting, the Health Equity Committee chairs encourage trainees to continue their contact with ECOG-ACRIN through participation in the Committee.


This program is open to underrepresented minority and minority research-focused trainees including students, residents, fellows, and early career investigators.

Annual Search for Applicants

The Health Equity Committee, which oversees the program, reaches out annually for nomination submissions from personnel in ECOG-ACRIN member institutions. The Committee also contacts coordinating directors at the National Cancer Institute's (NCI's) Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) and National Outreach Network of community health educators (NON CHE) located at NCI-designated cancer centers.

Individuals may also apply without an institutional affiliation or contact.


During the pandemic, members of the Health Equity Committee select all eligible applicants to participate in the virtual meetings. As in-person meetings resume, the committee will select as many applicants as possible, generally around five individuals per meeting.

Criteria used to identify award winners will include stage of career and alignment between career goals and ECOG-ACRIN research prioriities.

Submission Instructions

  • Obtain a letter of support from any of the following: institutional department chair, section head, or division director; ECOG-ACRIN Principal Investigator or committee chair at the institution; or a GMAP or NON CHE director, if available.
  • Write a brief cover letter describing your career goals, research interests, relevant coursework, applicable community service, and a statement explaining what you seek to gain by attending the meeting
  • Prepare an email, attaching your cover letter, current curriculum vitae or bio sketch, and the letter of support. You must include all documents in the same email for the application to be considered.
  • Submit email

  • Await a reply email from the administrator. If you do not receive confirmation within two days, call for assistance (see below).

History and Funding

The ECOG-ACRIN Health Equity Committee established the travel scholarship program in 2017. Funding is provided by the ECOG Research and Education Foundation.


Submit applications for and direct inquiries about the travel scholarships to:

Brenda McCalister-Afflick
Travel Scholarship Administrator
Phone: 267-471-0290

ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group