International Development and Education Award

The International Development and Education Award (IDEA) provides support for early-career oncologists in low- and middle-income countries and facilitates the sharing of knowledge between these oncologists and ASCO members. The program pairs IDEA Recipients with a leading ASCO member “Mentor”, enables Recipients to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting, participate in a post-Meeting visit to their Mentor’s institution, and develop long-term relationships to improve cancer care in their countries. In addition, IDEA Recipients will also receive three years of complimentary ASCO membership, including a subscription to the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

In addition, the International Development and Education Award in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC) provides medical education in palliative care, assists with career development, and helps establish strong relationships with leading ASCO members in the field of palliative care who serve as scientific Mentors to each recipient. IDEA-PC Recipients are expected to share the knowledge and training they receive through the program with colleagues in their home countries once they return.

The IDEA-PC program enables recipients to attend sessions at the ASCO Annual Meeting that address symptom management, communication, end-of-life care, and other relevant topics. The program also includes a visit to the Mentor’s U.S. or Canadian institution to experience palliative care performed in a multidisciplinary environment, and provides an opportunity to cultivate long-term professional relationships that will help improve palliative care in the Recipients’ home countries.



Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the IDEA and IDEA-PC:

  • Be a current resident of a country classified by the World Bank as an LMC and have limited resources to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting.
  • Not have completed more than one academic year of “formal training” (for instance, attended medical school, participated in internships, fellowships, or residency programs) in a country classified by the World Bank as High-Income.
  • Be a Full Member, Member-in-Training, or International Corresponding member of ASCO; or submit a membership application in one of these categories.
  • Applicants should be less than 10 years past their oncology training program.
  • Applicants must be fluent in English (both writing and speaking).
  • Must have a demonstrated interest in integrating palliative and supportive care into his/her institution. This may be shown by attending courses on the topic, participating in related clinical activities, etc. (IDEA-PC Applicants Only)


Application Instructions

All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions of the International Development and Education Award IDEA Request for Applications and the IDEA-PC Request for Applications. 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. Both IDEA and IDEA-PC applications will open on August 1, 2017, and are due by 5 PM ET on October 31, 2017. 


Our Reach is Global. Our Impact is Personal.

Our Reach is Global.  Our Impact is Personal.

Did you know that cancer accounts for more deaths in low and middle-income countries than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined? The Conquer Cancer Foundation is working to change that with grants and awards that will have an impact on people with cancer across the globe. 


Established in 2002, the IDEA has been awarded 328 recipients from 60 low- and middle-income countries.

2017 International Development and Education Award Recipients

Nida Anwar, MBBS, FCPS
National Institute of Blood Disease & Bone Marrow Transplantation, Pakistan
Daniel Araujo, MD
A.C.  Camargo Cancer Center, Brazil
Maria Bautista, MD
University of Santo Tomas Hospital, Philippines
Joseph Bernard , MD
St. Luke Family Hospital, Haiti
Simonida Bobic, MD
Institute for Oncology and Radiology of Serbia
Voc Dang, MD
Nuclear Medicine and Oncology Center, Bach Mai Hospital, Vietnam
Rotimi David, MBBS
Obafemi Awolowo University Teaching Hospitals Complex, Nigeria
José Gonzales Nogales, MD
Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia, Mexico
Zulfiyya Imamguliyeva, MD
Azerbaijan State Advanced Training Institute for Doctors named after A.Aliyev, Azerbaijan
Shakilu Kayungo, MD
University of Dodoma, Tanzania
Evgeniya Kharchenko, MD
N.N.Petrov Research Institute of Oncology, Russian Federation
Tahir Mehmood, MBBS, FCPS
Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre, Pakistan
Raj Mohan, MBBS
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India
Omar Pena-Curiel, MD
Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, Mexico
Sandra Perez Alvarez, MD
Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, Mexico
Srinivas Rajagopala, MBBS, MD
PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, India
Manglio Rizzo , MD
Instituto Alexander Fleming, Argentina
Fidel Rubagumya, MD
University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania
Paolo Sogono, MD, BS
The University of Santo Tomas Hospital - Benavides  Cancer Institut, Philippines
Lucksamon Thamlikitkul, MD
Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand


The 2018 International Development and Education Awards are supported by:

Takeda Oncology

The 2018 International Development and Education Award in Palliative Care (IDEA-PC) Awards are supported by: 


This list reflects commitments as of March 20, 2018.