Alliance Scholar

Roswell Park Alliance Scholars Program

At Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center we believe that empowering promising young scientists will lead to breakthrough discoveries in our fight against cancer. The Roswell Park Alliance Scholars Program seeks to accomplish this by providing scientists who have recently graduated or will soon graduate with an M.D. or Ph.D. degree the opportunity to design and implement their own postdoctoral training experience. We seek applicants who have a compelling vision for the cancer research program they want to develop and the passion to build an independent career in cancer research. Roswell Park Alliance Scholars select their own mentoring team from among current Roswell faculty who are best suited to help realize this vision.

With your passion and our commitment to engaged mentoring, we anticipate Roswell Park Alliance Scholars will rapidly build their research programs and secure extramural fellowships and/or grants. Successful Scholars will have the opportunity to transition directly into a Roswell Park faculty position, putting them on a fast-track for developing their independent scientific careers.

In addition to traditional support provided by the faculty mentor(s) of their choosing, scholars will receive financial support from the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation for up to three years at $88,000 per year. This funding is flexible and can be used to support salary up to an initial rate of $65,000 per year, research, and other career development activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be within 1 year of their terminal degree (MD or PhD) at the time of application.

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents.


Submit an application here. Promising candidates will be invited to visit Roswell Park where they will present a research seminar and meet with faculty.

Program Contact

For general inquiries about the program, please contact Dr. David Goodrich, Associate Dean for Post-doctoral Training at or 716-845-4506.

For technical inquiries about eligibility or the application process, please contact Dr. Adam Kisailus, Assistant Dean at or 716-845-2339.


Is there an application deadline?

Applications will be reviewed beginning December 1, 2019. Applicants will be invited to Buffalo, NY in late February/early March, 2020 for interviews.

What are the requirements of the program?

Successful candidates will have the support of a mentoring committee and grant writing workshops to facilitate research progress toward extramural funding applications.

What if I already have a fellowship that covers my salary?

Applicants that already have fellowships will be permitted to use the full $88,000 for research purposes.

Is there a co-curriculum with the program that will support my training?

Yes. Scholars will participate in the Post-docs Guide to the Grantscape, a grantcrafting program that cycles during the year.