American Brain Tumor Association Announces Two Research Funding Opportunities to Support Early-Career Brain Tumor Scientists

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Grant funding application portal opens today for the ABTA Basic Research Fellowships and the Medical Student Summer Fellowships

November 30, 2015

The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) is now accepting applications for its 2016-2018 Basic Research Fellowship and 2016 Medical Student Summer Fellowship (MSSF) programs. Applications for these programs will be accepted beginning today, Monday, November 30, 2015. Deadlines for grant applications will be in January 2016; see below for specific deadlines.

American Brain Tumor Association Basic Research Fellowships: These are two-year, $100,000 grants supporting postdoctoral fellows embarking on careers dedicated to brain tumor research. Fellows are expected to work under the auspices of a lead mentor who has a demonstrated history of brain tumor research and mentorship and is located at the same academic institution. This partnership between the fellow and the mentor provides the research scientific management and other leadership guidance necessary to foster the prospective fellows’ career advancement.

The ABTA Basic Research Fellowship grant deadline is January 13, 2016 at 12 noon CST/1 p.m. EST.

American Brain Tumor Association Medical Student Summer Fellowships: Medical Student Summer Fellowships are $3,000 grants to support medical students who wish to spend a summer conducting brain tumor research. The fellowship must be completed over a 12-week period under the guidance of a mentor. The goal of this program is to provide an introductory learning experience that will motivate and empower talented medical students and develop the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue a career in neuro-oncology research.

The ABTA Medical Student Summer Fellowship grant deadline is January 27, 2016 at 12 noon CST/1 p.m. EST.

“We are proud to help cultivate future scientists who are interested in pursuing a career in brain tumor research,” said ABTA Chief Science Officer Nicole Willmarth, PhD. “Through the funding of early-career researchers, the ABTA is ensuring a pipeline of talented investigators who will continue to bring fresh perspectives to the field and will advance our understanding and knowledge of brain tumors.”

For grant details, including eligibility guidelines, applicants can download the Request for Applications (RFA) on the ABTA Research Grants page:

Eligible candidates for both the Basic Research and the Medical Student Summer Fellowships may view commonly asked questions on the ABTA website’s Research FAQs.

If you have additional questions, e-mail the ABTA at

For nearly 45 years, the American Brain Tumor Association has funded more than $27 million in research. To learn more about the American Brain Tumor Association’s research funding, visit


Founded in 1973, the American Brain Tumor Association was the first and is now the only national organization committed to funding brain tumor research and providing support and education programs for all tumor types and all age groups. For more information, visit or call 800-886-ABTA (2282).

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Media Contact: Phung Tran