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Please submit your STARS Scholar application by April 12 at 5 PM MDT.

The STARS Scholar program is a new opportunity for patient research advocates who would like to attend WCLC 2023 in-person and have demonstrated active participation in patient research advocacy. We are seeking experienced patient research advocates to apply for the program which will include in-person activities at WCLC 2023 in Singapore, mentoring role opportunities, and a final project to be completed by STARS Scholars following WCLC 2023 attendance. 

A maximum of ten (10) Scholars will be selected through a competitive application with goal of global representation. The award covers registration and travel to the 2023 World Conference on Lung Cancer in Singapore (September 9-12, 2023). 


  • Any lung cancer patient, caregiver, or advocate who demonstrates active participation in research advocacy. Examples of experience are outlined in the application and include speaking/high level of interaction at lung cancer conferences, evidence of research advocacy accomplishments, submitting an abstract for WCLC 2023, engagement in IASLC patient advocacy activities, engagement in other advocacy organizations, etc.  
  • Need not be a past or current STARS participant.
  • Must be an IASLC member. (If you are not yet a member, CLICK HERE for information on how to join. IASLC Membership is complimentary for patients and their family members and caregivers.)

Application Requirements:

  • Applicant information
  • Applicant endorsement
  • Science and research interests (short answer questions)
  • Communication skills, including uploading/providing a communications sample
  • Multiple select and short answer questions related to your advocacy accomplishments, research advocacy accomplishments, impact, and experience at lung cancer conferences.   

Travel Coverage and Patient Advocate Activities at WCLC 2023 include: 

  • WCLC Airfare
  • Up to 6 nights' accomodation (September 8-14, 2023) in Singapore at one of our contracted hotels. 
  • Reimbursement for ground transportation, meals not covered during the conference, and incidental expenses.
  • In-person activities at WCLC23 include access to mentors, a pre-conference workshop with other patient advocates, a luncheon, and networking and educational opportunities. 
  • STARS Scholars will complete a final project following WCLC23. 

How to apply:

  • CLICK HERE to login to the form via the IASLC Member Portal.
    • If you do not know your Member Portal credentials, click on the "Forgot Your Password" link to reset your credentials. Email membership@iaslc.org if you have any difficulties logging in to the portal. 
  • Once you have successfully logged into the Member Portal, you will be automatically directed to the application form.
  • You do not have to complete the application all at once; you can save your progress and return to the form to complete it at any time prior to the application deadline. 


Applications are accepted from March 1 - April 12. The review/evaluation will take place during April. Applicants will be notified by May 12. 

Please email advocacy@iaslc.org with any questions. 


Patient advocacy is different from research advocacy, as shown in the chart HERE. Please note that IASLC offers several opportunities for patient advocates depending on where they are in their patient advocacy journey: 

  • Please consider applying for a Patient Advocate Educational Award if you are a lung cancer patient or caregiver who is relatively new to patient advocacy and seeking travel coverage to WCLC 2023. 
  • Please consider the STARS PRA Program if you are a patient advocate interested in participating in an all-virtual interactive lung cancer science and research program.