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 2024 recipients of the Pezcoller-AACR Scholar-in-Training Fellowships
- Giancarla Bernardo
, Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori, Milan. Project: Antibiotics aerosolization shrinks intratumoral Tregs and impairs lung tumor growth by perturbing the taxonomic structure of tumor-associated microbiota
- Stefanie Baerthel, DFKZ German Cancer Institute Munich. Project: Multimodal Spatial Transcriptomics uncover distinct tumor microenvironment states and cell-cell communication networks in molecular pancreatic cancer subtypes
- Federica Malighetti, University of Milano-Bicocca. Project: Novel ALK mutations in EML4::ALK+ NSCLC resistant to TKIs identified by liquid biopsy
- Jonathan Lim, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust. Project: The dendritic cell receptor DNGR-1 shapes immunity to cancer
- Luca Tiraboschi, Humanitas Research Hospital Milano. Project: Unveiling the impact of intratumoral microbiota in the treatment efficacy of soft tissue sarcoma

President Galligioni with the 2024 AACR-Pezcoller Foundation Scholar-in-Training Awardees, at the 2024 AACR Annual Meeting, in San Diego

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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