RCE-ESMO-ESO Training Course for Rare Cancer Patient Advocates 2018

Milan, Italy - 01 Dec - 03 Dec 2018

From 01-03 December 2018, Rare Cancers Europe is organising a specific training course for rare cancer patient advocates. The 2018 edition of the event will bring together patient advocates from across Europe, to exchange views and ideas with clinicians and researchers, who are attending the parallel ESO-ESMO-RCE Preceptorships and Clinical Update on Rare Adult Solid Cancers.

Read the draft agenda here

Patient advocate travel grants available

We are delighted to offer a limited number of travel grants to enable european cancer patient advocates to attend this Course.

  • Eligibility is based primarily on financial need as well as advocacy background in rare cancers, experience and current activities. Applicants will need to demonstrate a financial need as to why they would not be able to attend the RCE training course without a scholarship award.
  • Priority will be given to patient advocates active in the rare cancers’ community who indicate that they work as volunteers on behalf of a non-profit organisation that provides programmes, information, resources, and support for people affected by rare cancers (rather than directly employed by a non-profit organisation).
  • Scholarships are limited to 2 employees per organisation.
  • By applying for and accepting a travel grant, recipients must agree to provide a brief testimonial (200 words or less) at the end of the meeting. The testimonial should summarize the recipient’s overall experience and the knowledge they gained from attending the meeting. Recipients must agree that the testimonial or a portion thereof may be posted on the RCE and ESMO websites.

How to apply

To apply for a grant, please send your CV and a letter of motivation, proving that part of your time is dedicated to rare cancer advocacy. All applicants should be proficient in English.

Please send your application by e-mail to: anna.carta@esmo.org with the subject line: RCE training course 2018 – travel grant – your name

Application deadline

Each grant will reimburse travel and accommodation costs up to a maximum of 500 EUR.  Advocates awarded a travel grant will be asked to make their own travel and hotel reservations, paying all expenses upfront. Reimbursements will be processed after the event, and upon receipt of original travel and accommodation bills/invoices.