NRG Oncology Health Equity Fellowship

About the NRG Health Equity Fellowship


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 (
  • 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


Donate to our Fellowship

Corporate, philanthropic, and individual sponsors provide the financial support to make this program a success. Please consider making a gift to support this important effort. 100% of gifts will go to fund the NRG Health Equity Fellowship.

Donations can be mailed to:

NRG Fiscal Office:
NOVA Tower 2 Two Allegheny Center Suite 1200 Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5402
Please indicate “health equity donation” or “health equity gift” on the check or money order.

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