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Travel Grants

We offer a number of travel programs that provide recipients $700 to help defray the cost of travel and registration fees to attend a scientific meeting and present their research. All entries are reviewed by faculty committees, and there are three application cycles each academic year: November, March and July. 

  • Katten Muchin Rosenman Travel Scholarship Program: For doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows to present the results of their basic cancer research
  • Cancer Prevention and Control Travel Scholarship Program: For doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows to present the results of their laboratory, clinical, population or behavioral research with implications for cancer prevention

Eligibility Rules

No awards will be given for past meetings.

Doctoral students or postdoctoral fellows may receive only one travel award per academic year and a maximum of two awards from any program during the applicant's academic career at Northwestern University.

If you received a Katten Muchin Rosenman scholarship in the past, you may apply for a Genetic Medicine travel fellowship.

No more than two applications per lab, each cycle will be accepted. The principal investigator should make a decision which two applications should be submitted for a travel scholarship.

Only complete applications will be considered. Without exception, applications received after 5 p.m. on the deadline day will not be reviewed.

Awardees can acknowledge the travel award in their presentations as: "Name" received support from the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center and Katten Muchin Rosenman Travel Scholarship Award to present this work."

Application Process

There are three deadlines each year:

  • October deadline: for conferences in December through March
  • February deadline: for conferences in April through July
  • June deadline: for conferences August through November

To apply, fill out the online application. It requires that you upload PDFs of a written confirmation of acceptance to the conferences and of your CV. Your faculty advisor will be asked to submit a letter of recommendation online once you have submitted your application. Be sure to allow sufficient time for your advisor to submit your letter before the deadline.

Review Process

All applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • If the presentations are oral or a poster
  • Complete work or work submitted for publications or just published vs. preliminary data
  • The strength of the principle investigator's letter of recommendation for applicant

If you have recent results not included in the abstract, send them to the faculty review committee as soon as possible. This information will make it easier for them to evaluate the maturity of the work.

The faculty review committees will base their decisions on the quality of the science, the maturity of the work and its importance to the field of cancer or genetics research. The faculty review committee will send their final decisions to each applicant by letter.

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