Travel Awards

Deadline dates

There are three competitions each year:

Full application deadline:

Results announcement:

Funding start date:
1st competition

January 15


April 1
2nd competition

May 15


August 1
3rd competition

September 15


December 1

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

Program description

A limited number of Travel Awards to PhD 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

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

The Travel Award will be made to defray costs of travel, registration, accommodation, meals, ground transportation, etc., and will not exceed $2,000.


Applicants must be either a:

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

At the time of the conference, PhD/MD 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. Applications will be accepted for conference dates within 6 months of the competition deadline date. Applications will not be accepted for conferences that have already taken place. 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 calendar year. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply in subsequent competitions.

Peer review panel

A subcommittee of our Advisory Council on Research (ACOR) and other invited reviewers will review the applications.

Application structure

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.

Payment of award

A Notification of Award will be issued to the award recipient indicating the maximum amount of travel expenses approved. Awardees must submit their claim in the CCSRI online system EGrAMS, however the expense claim and original receipts must be submitted to the CCSRI in order to be reimbursed. The Canadian Cancer Society will reimburse either the awardee or the Host Institution as indicated on the claim. This 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.

Multiple applications/multiple sources of funding

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 Research Institute. Applicants are required to declare other sources of funds in the budget section.

Last modified on: December 22, 2015