Breast Cancer Global Scholars Program
The Avon Foundation for Women Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars program provides intensive training in the United States for breast cancer specialists from around the globe.
See the results of the 2012 inaugural class
Call for 2013-14 Applicants
The Avon Foundation for Women is announcing a call for applicants to the second class of the Global Breast Cancer Clinical Scholars Program.
The program provides clinically-focused scholarship opportunities for breast cancer specialists from outside the United States to receive advanced training at a select list of leading U.S. breast cancer centers affiliated with the Avon Foundation.
The Avon Global Scholars will take advanced skills back to their home countries to improve treatment and care of women facing breast cancer. The second class of the program will bring up to 24 outstanding clinician scholars to Avon Foundation-funded breast cancer centers in the U.S. for a four-week to eight-week intensive training.
Learn about the inaugural class of Avon Global Scholars.
|Oct. 1, 2013||RFA Release Date|
|Nov. 25, 2013*|
|Stage 1 application due date|
|Jan. 17, 2014*|
(Invited candidates only)
|Stage 2 application due date|
|Feb. 3, 2014||2014 Scholars announced|
*Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. EST on the date indicated
^Due to the complexity of the online application, applicants are encouraged to start and submit their application early. Applications may be submitted at any time before the due date.
|May 27, 2014||All Scholars must arrive in the U.S. for May 27|
|May 28-29, 2014||All Scholars attend introductory seminar|
|May 30 - June 3, 2014||Scholars attend ASCO Annual Meeting|
|June 1, 2014||Scholars attend Avon Walk for Breast Cancer Chicago|
|June 4, 2014||Scholars travel to city of host institution to begin clinical training|
How to Apply
The Avon Foundation for Women uses a paperless application and grants management system. Application is a two-stage process requiring all applicants to first submit a Letter of Intent (LOI). Following LOI review, a small subset of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.
Note: When you begin the LOI process, you will either need to create a new account (if you have not previously used the system) or use your existing login information.
If you are creating a new account, it is imperative that you use a functional and monitored e-mail address as your user ID, as this is the e-mail address the system will use to communicate with you about your application.
Letter of Intent Form (Start a NEW letter of intent form)
Account Link (Access your previously created applications)
Templates (required for application)
Letter of Intent
If you have difficulty accessing any of these templates, please e-mail email@example.com
The inaugural program brought 25 physicians — including 21 from Avon markets — to the U.S. in 2012 to learn new skills. The Scholars have since returned home to share their learnings and help women in their countries by improving breast cancer detection and treatment.
Many Avon markets are working closely with their countries’ Global Scholars: Avon Philippines is supporting its Scholar in her efforts to provide a patient navigator for the underserved at her institution; Avon Institute Brazil is working with one of its Scholars to support the construction of a building to provide services that will decrease the diagnosis time; and Avon Croatia is in discussions with its Scholar to create a dedicated breast cancer health center.
Dr. Andriy Hrybanov, a graduate of the first class of Avon Global Scholars and a staff obstetrician and gynecologist at Nikolayev Maternity Hospital #2 in Nikolayev, Ukraine, trained at Magee-Women’s Hospital at the University of Pittsburgh.
"My host institution was among the top 10 in the United States in the field of oncology, so I knew it was the right place to gain knowledge and acquire new skills. I observed practices that are widespread within the U.S., but were brand new when I returned with them to Ukraine," said Dr. Hrybanoy. "Participating in the Avon Global Scholars Program has been a unique experience for the Scholars to take a look at breast cancer from a new perspective and with a fresh eye, which I hope will improve breast care back in our clinics in our home countries."
The program brings physicians from countries outside the U.S. for intensive four-week to eight-week advanced training at one of 13 leading U.S. cancer centers. On Sept. 12, the first class of 25 Avon Global Scholars (including nine women) began their training "preceptorships" together in San Francisco. The program included lectures from world-class experts followed by the Breast Cancer Symposium co-hosted by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and other medical specialty societies. ASCO partnered with the Avon Foundation to help spread the word of this exciting new opportunity to its network of 50,000 oncologists throughout the world to help ensure the broadest possible pool of applicants.
The 25 Avon Scholars hailed from 14 countries: Armenia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Croatia, India, Kenya, Nigeria, the Philippines, Serbia, Turkey, the Ukraine, Venezuela and Zambia. They represented widely diverse areas of medical specialties in which they received advance training during their time in the U.S. Their specialties range from breast surgery and reconstructive surgery, to medical oncology, pathology, and public health.
The Avon Foundation goal is for the scholars to bring new skills and information to their home countries that will improve the treatment and care of breast cancer patients. This first team of 25 Avon scholars will help tens of thousands of people through direct patient care, and will touch thousands more, now and into the future, by sharing their new knowledge and expertise with colleagues.