The Foundation annually selects junior clinical or post-doctoral fellows to be Forbeck Scholars. Scholars apply to a specific Forbeck Forum. They need to have a very high level of scientific achievement as well as relevance to the topic. Awardees attend the Forum they applied to and then the Scholar Retreat for the following three years. During the Forum, recipients of the award have an unrivaled opportunity to interact with international experts in a particular field of cancer research. The Scholar Retreat, which they attend for the subsequent three years, gives them further opportunities to interact with their peers from different fields of cancer research and meet with international experts to discuss their work. Existing awardees have found these interactions invaluable in developing collaborations as well as opening up a variety of career opportunities.
Awardees are selected by a group of past Forbeck Scholars. Scholars selected for Fall meetings will attend a spring Retreat and scholars selected for Spring meetings will attend the fall Scholar Retreat. During these four years, the Foundation will pay all for travel, meals and accommodations to these meetings. All Forbeck meetings, include the Retreats, allow a maximum of 5 slides. Scholar presentation during the retreat may be more of a chalk talk. Mentors present on a mix of science and career.
Other benefits of being a Forbeck Scholar are being able to attend any other Forbeck Forums they are interested. There may be limits on the number of Scholars allowed at a certain meeting or a cap on number of meetings one can attend if this becomes an issue. Forbeck Scholars may also apply to chair a Forbeck Forum on the topic of their choosing.