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Travel Awards

Grants to Canada PhD and MD Students, Fellows, and Residents
for Travel Costs to Present Cancer Research at Conferences

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Funding Source:

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Canadian Cancer Society

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Grants of up to $2,000 to Canada PhD and MD students, medical residents, clinical fellows, and post-doctoral fellows to offset travel expenses related to making a scientific presentation on cancer at a professional meeting, conference, or symposium. Funding is intended to support candidates who are attending a conference for the purpose of presenting data (paper or poster presentation) from a cancer-related project on a first-author or presenter basis.

Eligible expenses include:
1) Conference registration fees;
2) Accommodations; and
3) Transportation, and

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184309

Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that up to 10 Travel Awards will be awarded in each competition (30 awards per year).

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants will not exceed $2,000.

Term of Contract:

Applications will be accepted for conference dates within 6 months of the competition deadline date*.

Please note that starting with the January 2019 competition, applications will be accepted for conference dates within 6 months following the funding start date.

The expense claim must be made within 3 months of the conference date to be eligible for reimbursement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be either a:

- Registered student in a PhD or MD/PhD program
- Post-doctoral fellow (within 5 years of attaining their PhD)
- Medical resident/clinical fellow (within 5 years of attaining their MD)

At the time of the conference, PhD/MD students must be registered at an eligible Canadian host institution.

Trainee positions must be undertaken at an eligible Canadian institution.

It is not a requirement that the research supervisor or department head be supported by a Canadian Cancer Society research grant.

Individuals may receive this award only once per stage of training (PhD, MD, Post-doctoral fellow). Unsuccessful applicants may reapply in subsequent competitions.

Pre-Application Information:

There are normally three competitions each year:

1st competition
Full application deadline: January 15
Results announcement: May
Funding start date: April 1

2nd competition
Full application deadline: May 15
Results announcement: July
Funding start date: August 1

3rd competition
Full application deadline: September 15
Results announcement: November
Funding start date: December 1

Travel awards are paid on a reimbursement basis.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application:

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Canadian Cancer Society
55 St. Clair Avenue W., Suite 300
Toronto, Ontario M4V 2Y7
Phone: (416) 961-7223

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