The Pezcoller Foundation - AACR Scholar-in-Training Fellowships

The AACR-Pezcoller Foundation Scholar-in-Training Awards continue the AACR’s long-standing support of the next generation of cancer researchers, aimed:

  • to enhance participation in the programs and activities of the AACR by early-career investigators residing in Europe
  • to provide these outstanding Scholar-in-Training Awardees with an opportunity to share their research findings with the international cancer research community at the AACR Annual Meeting.

Scholar-in-Training Awards are highly competitive and recognize outstanding young investigators presenting meritorious proofreader papers at the AACR Annual Meeting.


  • Applicants must be the first author and presenter of an abstract submitted for presentation at the Annual Meeting.
  • Applicants must be an Associate Member of the AACR in good standing
  • Nonmember graduate students, medical students and residents, clinical fellows or equivalent, and postdoctoral fellows who wish to apply for a Scholar-in-Training Award should first submit a Membership Application

The 2023 winners of the Pezcoller-AACR Scholar-in-Training Fellowships

- Roberto Ferrara
, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan. Project: Circulating immature neutrophils early detect hyperprogressive disease upon first-line PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors in non-small cell lung cancer patients selecting best candidates for platinum-based chemotherapy and PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors combinations.
- Giulia Francescato
, University of Torino.  Project: Fecal miRNA profiles and gut metagenome composition in Lynch syndrome: results from a mouse model study and human subjects
- Sia Lindskrog
, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. Project: Utility of circulating tumor DNA and transcriptomic profiling in predicting outcome in muscle invasive bladder cancer patients
- Alessia Potenza
, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milan. Project: Harnessing CD39 for the treatment of colorectal cancer and liver metastases by engineered T cells
- Simone Weiss
, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark. Project: Genome-Scale CRISPRa and CRISPRi screening for lncRNA drivers of prostate cancer progression
- Daniel Zingg, Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam. Project: Truncated FGFR2 - a clinically actionable oncogene in multiple cancers

President Galligioni with the 2022 AACR-Pezcoller Foundation Scholar-in-Training Awardees, at the 2022 AACR Annual Meeting, in New Orleans

Selection of the Award Recipients
Successful applicants will be selected based on the merit of their abstract, CV, and personal statement; every effort will be made to notify awardees by the end of January. Generally 5-6 of such fellowships are annually supported by the Pezcoller Foundation, to scientists in training who are travelling from Italy and Europe. Those who may be interested to apply, or have any questions related to Scholar-in-Training Awards for the Annual Meeting, please email or visit Scholar-in-Training Awards.

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