Awards and Scholarships

The Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer recognizes outstanding professionals in supportive care in oncology and provides eligible individuals the opportunity to further their professional goals while supporting the mission of MASCC. 

Travel Scholarship

Award Application Deadline: December 31, 2018

Award winners will be notified: January 30, 2019

I. Purpose

MASCC is committed to increasing attendance of oncology healthcare professionals from developing countries at its Annual Meeting. MASCC provides a limited number of travel scholarships for this purpose in cases where attendance would not be possible without financial assistance.

II. Scope

This scholarship is given to oncology healthcare professionals whose practice and/or research focuses on supportive care in cancer, such as physicians, nurses, social workers, pharmacists, dental hygienists, and psychologists. Qualified applicants must affirm their inability to attend the Meeting without scholarship funds.

III. Award

The award consists of (1) complimentary conference registration (2) two nights accommodation (3) reimbursement of travel expenses per the MASCC Expense Reimbursement Policy for Annual Meetings. Any additional expenses including meals are at the expense of the individual. Reimbursement will be made after the Meeting by bank transfer.

IV. Eligibility

  1. Applicants must work and live in a country of limited resources (see Eligible Countries List).
  2. Applicants must be oncology healthcare professionals, such as a physician, nurse, social worker, pharmacist, dentist, dental hygienist, or psychologist.
  3. Applicants must have a professional focus on supportive cancer care. 
  4. Applicants must submit an abstract to the Annual Meeting.
  5. The abstract must be sent along with the Travel Scholarship application by the Early Abstract Submission Deadline (December 31, 2018)
  6. Candidates who have previously been awarded a Travel Scholarship are ineligible to reapply.

V. Application Process

  1. The application process follows abstract submission. An abstract must be submitted first. Then, a letter confirming receipt will be sent via email. The email will provide information about applying for the Travel Scholarship and will contain a link to the online application form.
  2. Applicants must submit a completed application, along with abstract, by the Early Abstract Submission Deadline  (December 31, 2018)
  3. Applicants must attest to an inability to attend the Annual Meeting without a Travel Scholarship.

VI. Selection Process:

  1. Awards Committee members and ad hoc reviewers (if needed) will review and score all potential applications and make a decision based on the following criteria:
    • stated need to attend the Meeting
    • potential benefits from attending the Meeting
  2. A limited number of Travel Scholarships will be awarded each year, the specific number depending on availability of funds.
  3. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision via email.
  4. Applicants must be present at the MASCC Annual Meeting to receive a travel reimbursement.
  5. Applicants may be asked to write a brief report after the Meeting and also to complete a short post-meeting evaluation.


Cynthia N. Rittenberg Travel Scholarship

From among the Travel Scholarship recipients, the Cynthia N. Rittenberg Travel Scholarship may be awarded if the Awards Committee agrees that the nurse applicant with the highest score is a worthy recipient.


Young Investigator Awards

The application deadline for Young Investigator Awards is the same as the deadline for regular abstracts: February 11, 2019. 

Abstracts submitted for the early abstract deadline of December 31, 2018 are also eligible.

Award winners will be notified: TBA

I. Purpose

The Young Investigator Awards recognize outstanding young investigators’ research accomplishments.

II. Scope

The award is open to all junior investigators who have submitted an abstract to the MASCC Annual Meeting. Young Investigator Awards are awarded to the first authors of the 10 abstracts with the highest scores.  These abstracts are chosen from the top 20 percent of all abstracts submitted to the symposium. In addition, the Outstanding Young Investigator Award will go to the Young Investigator with the highest-ranked abstract.  The awards are presented at the MASCC Annual Meeting.

III. Award

The award consists of (1) complimentary conference registration and (2) two nights accommodation and (3) reimbursement of travel expenses per the MASCC Expense Reimbursement Policy for Annual Meetings. Reimbursement will be made after the Meeting by bank transfer.

IV. Eligibility

  1. Candidates must be in training or out of training for no more than seven (7) years. Candidates who have career disruptions are still eligible provided they have been out of training for no more than 7 years full-time equivalent. Training is defined as any clinical or post-graduate training.
  2. Candidates can be from any country.
  3. Candidates may be from any profession.
  4. Candidates must submit an abstract as first author to the MASCC Annual Meeting.
  5. Candidates must have primarily conducted the research presented in the abstract.
  6. Candidates do not have to be members of MASCC, but must register for the Annual Meeting and must be able to present their abstract at the Meeting. If a candidate is unable to be present at the Meeting, then the award is forfeited. 
  7. Candidates who have previously been awarded a Young Investigator Award are ineligible to reapply.
  8. Applicants may be asked to write a brief report after the Meeting and also to complete a short post-meeting evaluation.

V. Application Process

  1. The application process follows abstract submission. An abstract must be submitted first. Then, a letter confirming receipt will be sent via email. The email will provide information about applying for the Young Investigator Award and will contain a link to the online application form.
  2. Note: It is important to submit an abstract well ahead of the regular abstract submission deadline, since the Young Investigator Award application must be submitted by that date. Candidates must allow time for receipt and confirmation of the abstract before they can complete the online award application.

VI. Selection Process

  1. Abstracts will be reviewed and scored by the MASCC Annual Meeting Scientific Committee.
  2. All abstracts will be ranked in descending order by mean score.
  3. Up to 10 of the highest-ranked abstracts submitted by eligible Young Investigators will be chosen from among the top 20 percent of all abstracts submitted.
  4. These abstracts will be reviewed by the Awards Committee and ad hoc reviewers (if appropriate). From among these, the first author of the highest-ranked abstract will be named Outstanding Young Investigator.

MASCC Distinguished Service Award

Award Nomination Deadline: April 1, 2019

The Award winner will be notified: May 9, 2019

I. Purpose 

The MASCC Distinguished Service Award recognizes meritorious achievement and outstanding contributions to MASCC and its mission.  

II. Scope

Distinguished Service Award candidates are nominated by their peers and should demonstrate exemplary leadership and accomplishments in supporting the Society’s mission. The Distinguished Service Award is reserved for those with the highest levels of support to the Society and unparalleled contributions to the Society’s mission. This award is presented at the MASCC Annual Meeting.

III. Eligibility 

  1. Nominees must be current members of MASCC and in good standing with the Society.  
  2. Nominees must have made a significant contribution in the following:
    • Research
    • Education
    • and/or Clinical supportive care in cancer
  3. Nominees must exemplify the mission and goals of the Society and must have made major contributions to the Society.

IV. Nomination Procedures

  1. Any current MASCC member may nominate an individual for the Distinguished Service Award. 
  2. A nomination packet should be submitted that includes the following: 
    • Cover letter 
    • Nominee information 
    • Nominator information
    • Nominee's current CV 
    • No less than three (3) but no more than six (6) letters of support
  3. The nomination cover letter should address the following items:
    • Specific contributions to MASCC 
    • Description of the nominee's accomplishments within MASCC and his/her support of MASCC's mission 
    • Persuasive rationale and reasoning for why the nominee should be considered for this award
  4. The full award policy, nomination form, and submission instructions can be found at MASCC Awards and Scholarships page
  5. Nomination letters and packets must be received by April 1, 2019

V. Selection Process

  1. A call for nominations will be published on the MASCC website and via email to all members. 
  2. All nominations will be reviewed by the MASCC Awards Committee. Its recommendations will be forwarded to the Executive Committee for confirmation.
  3. Selection will be based on the following: 
    • Nominee's contributions to MASCC 
    • Nominee's involvement and support of MASCC and its mission 
  4. There will be only one DSA award per year. Awards will be based on the merits of each individual nominee.
  5. Awardees may only receive the DSA once in a lifetime. 
  6. Award recipients will be notified by the Chair of the Awards Committee prior to the MASCC Annual Meeting. 

VI. Award 

The recipient will be recognized at the MASCC Annual Meeting and in MASCC publications, as deemed appropriate. The recipient will receive a small gift (to be determined by the Awards Committee).


MASCC Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Award  

The Award winner will be notified: TBA

I. Purpose

The Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Award recognizes excellent scientific achievement in the field of supportive care in cancer by an individual MASCC member.

II. Scope

The Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Award winner is selected from all submitted abstracts. It is reserved for the author of the highest-ranking abstract submitted to the Annual Meeting and rewards demonstrated excellence in any aspect of supportive care in cancer. This award is presented at the MASCC Annual Meeting and the recipient delivers the annual Steven Grunberg Lecture. 

III. Eligibility

  1. The recipient must be a current member of MASCC and in good standing with the Society.
  2. Authors of all abstracts submitted for the Annual Meeting are eligible.
  3. The abstract must demonstrate excellent scientific achievement in one of the following areas:
    • Research
    • Education
    • and/or Clinical supportive care in cancer

IV. Selection Process

  1. Abstracts will be reviewed and scored by the MASCC Annual Meeting Scientific Committee.
  2. Abstracts will be ranked in descending order by mean score.
  3. The 10 highest-ranked abstracts submitted will be selected.
  4. These abstracts will be reviewed by the Awards Committee and ad hoc reviewers (if appropriate). From among these, the first author of the highest-ranked abstract will be named the recipient of the Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Award. If the first author is unable to be present at the meeting, then the award is forfeited and the first author of the next-highest-ranked abstract will be named the award recipient.
  5. Award recipients will be notified by the Chair of the Awards Committee prior to the MASCC Annual Meeting.
  6. Reimbursement will be made on site in cash or check, or after the Annual Meeting by bank transfer.
  7. Candidates who have previously won the Steven M. Grunberg Memorial Award are ineligible.

V. Award

The recipient will be recognized at the MASCC Annual Meeting and in MASCC publications, as deemed appropriate. The recipient will deliver the Annual Steven Grunberg Lecture.


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