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ACS DICR Post-Baccalaureate (PB) Fellows Program 

We fund students with a bachelor's degree who are aspiring for a doctoral degree in any STEM discipline or health profession to take part in a 2-year cancer research experience. The program targets students who are part of an underrepresented minority (URM) group in science. 

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The Post-Baccalaureate (PB) Fellows Program is part of the ACS Center for Diversity in Cancer Research Training.

The program focuses on the individual and professional development of bachelor-level trainees and offers financial and support services to prepare for a career in cancer research. The ultimate goal is to increase the number of URM cancer researchers in the future.

The PB Fellows Program started in 2023 with 8 institutions and funded 32 PB Fellows. It was so successful that in 2024, a new cohort of 10 institutions will be added to our existing 8, bringing the total to 72 PB Fellows.

DICR Post-Baccalaureate Fellows Program Basics

For students with a bachelor's degree who are:

  • Part of a minority group that's typically underrepresented in science
  • Aspiring for a doctoral degree in any STEM (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) discipline or health profession
Students spend 2 years engaging in hands-on research. They're mentored by an accomplished investigator in a cancer research lab or in a clinical or community setting.
Students receive a stipend of at least $35,000 a year, plus funds for travel to professional meetings, application fees, funds to offset healthcare coverage, childcare, and transportation. 

Institutional Eligibility Criteria

The ACS funds institutions who meet the institutional and administrative eligibility criteria. For eligibility criteria, see:

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