NRG Oncology is committed to taking steps to support research that goes beyond surveying the systemic issues within the healthcare landscape. The Health Equity Fellowship Program, founded by Dr. Joan Walker co-PI of NRG's National Cancer Institute (NCI) Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), outlines three strategic, high-level goals which ultimately will provide a broader perspective in clinical trials research across multiple disease sites:
- Targeting inequity by increasing representation of communities from diverse backgrounds in clinical research and eliminating racial/ethnic disparities in health. A particular emphasis will be given to the recruitment of researchers from underrepresented groups, as defined by NIH (https://diversity.nih.gov/about-us/population-underrepresented)
- We aim to train the next generation of researchers and physicians who have the support base required to confidently conduct inclusive research. Selected early-stage NRG Oncology investigators will be mentored in clinical trials education, resources, and training, the program provides networking opportunities and pathways to leadership for communities of color.
- Building trust between communities of color and research institutions/hospitals and developing successful clinical trials scientists that can compete in grant writing processes. This institutional transformation will increase enrollment of patients from diverse backgrounds.
This program builds on the work of the NRG Early Career New Investigator Committee through collaboration with the committee to recruit applicants and mentors. Our vision is to have at least one fellowship for every disease site we study.
Learn more about Program eligibility, strategy, requirements and other details in our full Program Description found here.
Applications for the fellowship, mentor applications, and donation information are located below on this page.
Funding and Timeline
NRG Oncology is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the ASTRO and RTOG Foundation to offer a Health Equity Fellowship with an emphasis on radiation oncology.
The NRG Oncology Health Equity Fellowship Program trains selected early-stage investigators in the NRG Oncology system by means of a structured mentorship experience, with particular emphasis given to the recruitment of researchers from underrepresented groups. Our vision is to have at least one scholar for every disease site we study.
Applicants who applied during the first round of applications (due date of September 19) will be automatically considered for this ASTRO – RTOG Foundation award and do not have to resubmit their application.
Application Submission Deadline: October 21, 2022
Awards Announced: Novemberber 18, 2022
Award: $50,000 ($25,000 per year for two years. Year two award contingent on satisfactory progress in year one.)
Fellowship Start: January 1, 2023