Resident Travel Award for Underrepresented Populations

The Resident Travel Award (RTA) provides financial support for residents from underrepresented populations to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting. This award allows physician residents interested in a career in oncology to travel to the ASCO Annual Meeting, where they will have the opportunity to meet oncologists and to learn more about career option in the field of oncology.   

The Resident Travel Award includes a $1,500 travel advance and complimentary ASCO Annual Meeting registration. The number of Resident Travel Awards in each funding cycle is not predetermined by the Conquer Cancer Foundation.  Awards are given based on individual merit and availability of funds. 

(Are you a medical student? Then learn more about our Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations!) 


Applicants must meet the following criteria to qualify for the Resident Travel Award:

  • Be enrolled in an ACGME-accredited residency program required for future training in a cancer related subspecialty (e.g., Internal Medicine considering Medical Oncology, Surgery considering Surgical Oncology, etc.).  Residents already enrolled in oncology programs (e.g., Radiation Oncology, etc.) are not eligible.
  • Be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national or permanent resident;
  • Be an ASCO member. Residents may be able to obtain a FREE ASCO membership by joining here:;
  • Have a record of good academic standing; and
  • Be of an underrepresented population. Underrepresented in medicine (URM) is defined according to the Association of American Medical Colleges definition, as “those racial and ethnic populations that are underrepresented in the medical profession relative to their numbers in the general population.” For the purposes of this program, races and ethnicities that have been identified as URM coincide with those in ASCO Workforce Diversity Strategic Plan, which “include but are not limited to American Indian/Alaska Native, black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander.”

Application Requirements

All applications must be submitted in accordance to the requirements and instructions in the Resident Travel Award Request for Applications (RFA). 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.

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Promoting a Diverse Workforce

Mark Bernard, MD and Blase Polite, MD, MPH

Why is diversity in oncology important to creating a world free from the fear of cancer?  Watch this video featuring Mark Bernard, MD and Blase Polite, MD, MPH to find out how the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s Medical Student Rotation (MSR) and Resident Travel Award (RTA) programs are helping to attract the brightest, most enthusiastic students and residents from underrepresented populations to careers in oncology.


The Resident Travel Award was first awarded in 2009. To date, we have provided financial support for 77 physician residents from underrepresented populations to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting.

2017 Resident Travel Award Recipients

Betty Abban, MD
Meharry Medical College
Abiodun Adefurin, MBBS
Meharry Medical College
Susanna Awoyode, MBBS, MS
Meharry Medical College
Oumoul Barry, MD
Mercy Medical Center
Eden Biltibo, MD
Meharry Medical College
Frederick Doamekpor, MD
Morehouse School of Medicine
Lionel Aurelien Kankeu Fonkoua, MD
Penn State College of Medicine
Victoria Lopez, MD
Morehouse School of Medicine
Nkem Nweze, MD
Einstein Medical Center
Maureen Offiah, MD
University of Mississippi
Emififen Udejiofor, MD
Morehouse School of Medicine


The 2018 Resident Travel Award for Underrepresented Populations is supported by:

Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO. 


This list reflects commitments as of February 15, 2018.

This grant receives support that may result in a report to the CMS Open Payments website under the Physician Payments Sunshine Act. The supporting companies are required to report the amount of the grant, the names of physicians who are awarded this grant, and the names of their institutions. This information may appear on the Open Payments websiteFind out more information about the Sunshine Act and CMS Open Payments program.