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Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Program


Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Program

ALSF is dedicated to funding pediatric oncology researchers at critical points in their careers. The POST Program is designed for graduate and medical students who have an interest in pediatric oncology research and would like to experience the field first hand. Students train with a pediatric oncology research mentor. Students may join a research project underway in a mentor’s lab or begin an original investigation with the mentor.

What are ALSF’s goals for the Program?

  • To expose students to the field of pediatric oncology research
  • To help the student develop practical research skills
  • To provide an opportunity to experience a real-time research project
  • To benefit from a mentoring relationship with a pediatric oncology researcher

What kind of student is eligible? Students must currently be in or accepted into medical or graduate school. Students do not need to be enrolled in classes over the break.

Who may apply? Either the mentor or mentee may apply to the program however the pair must be prearranged. The student does not need to be a U.S. citizen. The mentor must be an active researcher in pediatric oncology in a U.S. or Canadian institution.

How long is the Program? Students must be able to dedicate between eight - ten full weeks to the program and start between May 1 and August 31, 2014 (dates may vary depending on the student’s scheduled break).

How much is the POST Program grant? A maximum of $6,000

What does the grant cover?

  • Student Stipend: Between $4,000 - $6,000, must be used for the student stipend over the program period.
  • Supplies: A maximum of $2,000 may be designated for supplies associated with the student’s work. Supplies should be for consumables during the program time period. (The balance must be used for the stipend.)
    • Excludes equipment/computers/software, service contracts or longer term supplies.
    • Overlap of budgeted supplies among multiple POST students in a lab is prohibited.

Getting Started

Download complete information:

POST Program Guidelines

Forms you will need:

POST Cover Page
POST Budget Form

Important Dates

Application Due....................February 10, 2014, 11:59 pm ET
Acceptance Notification.........Mid March 2014
Final Report & Surveys.........October 1, 2014*
*(ALSF will email survey link)

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