Grants & Programs

STaRT Application Guidelines


  • Applicants for CRI’s STaRT grant must be pursuing doctorate research directly related to cancer immunology. Research must be focused on immunology with direct relevance to solving the cancer problem. Proposals outside of this area will not be considered.
  • Applicants must be full-time graduate students who will be engaged in thesis research as Ph.D. Candidates and who will have successfully completed all of their host institution's requirements for advancement to candidacy by the time the award is activated.
  • At the time of application, students must have chosen their thesis project, lab, and advisor. Students who have not yet chosen their thesis project and advisor, as well as those students in the 5th year or later of their Ph.D. program, should not apply. As such, the award typically funds students in their 3rd and 4th years of graduate school.
  • Applicants must conduct their CRI-funded research under the direct supervision of their thesis advisor. The applicant's thesis advisor must hold a formal appointment at the host institution.
  • The training may be carried out in the United States or abroad.
  • There are no citizenship restrictions.
  • The Institute will only fund one CRI-supported STaRT grantee per thesis advisor at any given time.

Financial Information

The Cancer Research Institute will provide up to $30,000 of funding per year. The exact award amount is dictated by the host institution's annual stipend amount, but not to exceed $30,000.

CRI does not permit deductions to cover administrative expenses from the stipend. Payments are made monthly in U.S. currency to the host institution.

Application Deadline

The deadline for the receipt of applications is March 1. If the deadline falls on a weekend, applications will be due on Monday. Applicants will be notified of the review committee’s decision by June 30 and awards will be activated September 1.


Contact Us

Want to learn more about how to apply for a grant or fellowship? Contact the Office of Grants Administration at or (212) 688-7515.