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Investing in Talented Young Researchers

At the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, we are training the next generation of scientific leaders in cancer immunotherapy.

In 2016, we created three programs – the Parker Scholars, the Parker Bridge Scholars and the Parker Fellows programs – to help the most talented and ambitious young researchers advance in the field and translate their discoveries into realities. These programs give young researchers the opportunity to think outside the box, expand their research, share ideas, and connect and collaborate with leaders and peers in cancer immunotherapy.

“I was drawn to the idea of funding emerging projects that are risky. My project is not conventional, so it is very encouraging to be part of a program that supports different ideas and hypotheses. It really pushes me to think outside of the box.”

– Roberta Zappasodi, Parker Scholar

“The Parker Fellows program gives you resources at your disposal and offers organized and structured ways to interact with leaders in the field, which has been really rewarding. And having the opportunity to run my own lab at this point in my career has been amazing.”

– Matt Spitzer, Parker Fellow

About the Programs

Parker Scholars

Invests in graduate students or researchers entering their first postdoctoral appointment who are focused on high-impact, high-risk projects that answer the most critical research questions in cancer immunotherapy


Parker Bridge Scholars

Provides research support to help ease the transition from a mentored postdoctoral research position to an independent academic investigator in a tenure‐track faculty position


Parker Fellows

Provides senior-level researchers who have recently completed their MD or PhD with multi‐year support to establish a laboratory or independent research program, and also gives them the tools and resources they need to do their best science

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