Travel awards

Deadline dates

There are normally three competitions each year.

Application guides can be found on the EGrAMS documentation for applicants page.

1st competition
Full application deadline:
January 15
Results announcement:
Funding start date:
April 1
2nd competition
Full application deadline:
May 15
Funding start date:
Results announcement:
August 1
3rd competition
Full application deadline:
September 15
Funding start date:
Results announcement:
December 1

Program description

A limited number of Travel Awards to PhD, MD, or MD/PhD students, and post-doctoral/medical/clinical fellows are available. The purpose of this program is to defray the travel costs associated with making a scientific presentation as a first author or presenter at a conference, symposium or other appropriate professional meeting.

Funds available

It is anticipated that up to 10 Travel Awards will be awarded in each competition (30 awards per year).

Note: Eligible expenses include:

  1. Conference registration fees;
  2. Accommodations; and
  3. Transportation, and will not exceed $2,000.
Travel Awards per year
up to $2000 


Applicants must be either a:

  • registered student in a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD program
  • post-doctoral fellow (within 5 years of attaining their PhD)
  • medical resident/clinical fellow 

At the time of the conference, PhD, MD, MD/PhD students must be registered at an eligible Canadian host institution.

Trainee positions must be undertaken at an eligible Canadian institution.

Candidates must be attending a conference for the purpose of presenting data (paper or poster presentation) from a cancer-related project on a first-author or presenter basis. Acceptance is not required at the time of application, but is a requirement to be eligible to claim the award.

Applications will be accepted for conference dates within 6 months following the funding start date. Note that acknowledgement of CCS funding must be included in the paper or poster.

It is not a requirement that the research supervisor or department head be supported by a Canadian Cancer Society research grant.

Individuals may receive this award only once per stage of training (e.g. PhD, MD, Post-doctoral fellow). Unsuccessful applicants may reapply in subsequent competitions.
A subcommittee of our Advisory Council on Research (ACOR) and other invited reviewers will review the applications.

The application will require details of the conference, applicant CV, presentation details, project summary including the relevance to cancer, budget, along with information regarding the candidate's supervisor, who must also provide a letter of support in the system. Specific guidelines for the online application are available.

A Notification of Award will be issued to the award recipient indicating the maximum amount of travel expenses approved. Travel awards are paid on a reimbursement basis.

The expense claim must be made within 3 months of the conference date to be eligible for reimbursement. The reimbursement will not exceed the amount indicated on the Notification of Award.

Note that it is not necessary to submit a Financial Statement for this award.

After the conference, awardees are required to submit a short report on the benefits of their attendance at the conference. This report must be submitted in EGrAMS prior to the claim being approved.

It is understood that applications may also be made to other agencies to provide support for travel similar to those submitted to the Canadian Cancer Society. Applicants are required to declare other sources of funds in the budget section.

Last modified on: August 1, 2019