The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation seeks to accelerate breakthroughs in research by providing the best young scientists with funds to pursue innovative cancer research.
To that end, the Damon Runyon Fellowship Award is designed to provide early-career scientists with resources to hone their cancer research skills and explore their own ideas while working with mentors in top universities and cancer research centers. Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a sponsor — a scientist (tenured, tenure-track, or equivalent position) capable of providing mentorship to the fellow. Awards are made to institutions for the support of the fellow under direct supervision of the sponsor.
The foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies, and prevention.
The proposed research must be conducted at a university, hospital, or research institution. Candidates who already have accepted a postdoctoral research fellowship award are not eligible. Candidates applying to work in foreign-based or United States government laboratories may be awarded a fellowship if they are considered to be especially meritorious or if the program represents an unusual opportunity for postdoctoral training. Foreign candidates may apply to do their research only in the U.S.
The award provides a stipend of $231,000 over four years. The award may not be used for institutional overhead or indirect costs. Fellows also receive an annual $2,000 expense allowance for educational and scientific expenses.
Applicants must have completed one or more of the following degrees or its equivalent (MD, PhD, MD/PhD, DDS, and/or DVM).
See the DRCRF website for program guidelines and application instructions.