The Society for Integrative Oncology Patient Advocate program is designed to empower advocates, as well as educate and disseminate information to their communities. SIO is working to secure funding for patient advocates for our 15th International Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA, October 27-29, 2018

SIO invites patient advocates to apply for funding to attend SIO2018. We anticipate being able to provide assistance via scholarships to help cover travel, hotel, registration, and/or other related expenses for advocates. Patient advocates provide a crucial perspective in integrative oncology. It is SIO’s hope that patient advocates attending SIO2018 will return to their organizations and share what they have learned with their communities to continue making a difference in the lives of people affected by cancer. Applications will be evaluated and reviewed based on the Funding Eligibility Criteria listed below.

Funding is reserved for patient advocates only. A patient advocate is defined as an individual who volunteers or works for a local, state/provincial, national or international non-profit organization that provides programs, services, information, and support for people with cancer and their families, and demonstrates a charitable mission, including a commitment to knowledge dissemination and translation.

About the Conference

Integrative and complementary cancer specialists from around the world will gather to address the meeting’s theme, “Integrative Oncology: From Research to Practical Applications.” SIO2018 will be the platform for the release of numerous scientific abstracts -- highly anticipated research news for survivors, caregivers and the public, as well as clinical information. To view the conference program, visit the conference website.

SIO Funding Eligibility, Agreement & Consideration Criteria


  1. Must be a Patient Advocate, as described above
  2. Belong to an advocacy organization or represent a constituency through which information will be disseminated
  3. Only new applicants who have not received this scholarship in the past (3) years are eligible
  4. Interest in the science of cancer as it relates to integrative care
  5. Letter of recommendation from a health care professional or advocate

Please note that any cancer patient applicants must be at least one year out of primary cancer treatment.


  1. Recipients must use the funding to attend the 15th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology. Conference begins at 8:00 am MT on Saturday, October 27, 2018 and ends at 12:30 pm MT on Monday, October 29. To view the meeting program, please visit the conference webpages.
  2. Advocates are responsible for making their own travel and/or hotel reservations. NOTE: Expenses will not be reimbursed until after the conference.
  3. By applying for and accepting funding, recipients agree to provide a brief article (500 words or less) by November 30, 2018 highlighting one (1) assigned session attended. The submitted article may later be posted by SIO on its website and to media outlets. The article should summarize the presentation in lay-terms, including the advocate’s overall experience in attending SIO2018.


  • Eligibility is based primarily on financial need as well as advocacy experience and activities. Consideration is also given for applicant’s anticipated role at SIO2018. Although scholarships are open to advocates affiliated with organizations that are registered exhibitors at the meeting, advocates who plan to attend the meeting to primarily staff an exhibit booth on behalf of a national not-for-profit organization (rather than attend the meeting sessions) are asked to refrain from applying for a scholarship. Additionally, advocates who plan to interview medical experts to produce video footage while at the meeting are asked to refrain from applying. If a scholarship recipient engages in such activity, their scholarship will be rescinded and they will not be eligible to receive a scholarship in the future.
  • Due to limited available funding, applicants are encouraged to provide a compelling reason why their attendance at the meeting is vital to their advocacy role(s). Consumer advocates, who are involved in cancer advocacy for various organizations but are not compensated for their attendance at medical conferences, are encouraged to apply.

SIO Patient Advocate Funding Evaluation Criteria

Patient advocate applications will be evaluated by members of the SIO Executive Committee and Conference Co-Chairs based on the following criteria:

  • Quality and scope of the dissemination plan;
  • The reach of your advocacy group into the wider community; and,
  • Financial need.

Once Funding is Awarded:

Advocates awarded funding will receive their funding check post-conference, upon receipt via email of an expense report, copies of receipts, and a completed W-9 form (for US citizens only). Scholarship checks will be made payable to the organization the advocate represents; however, the check may be made payable to an individual if necessary.

Advocates who are not provided funding may consider registering for SIO2018 at the patient advocate registration rate. To register, go to the conference registration page.

Download the Patient Advocate Scholarship Application by clicking here.

Please complete the scholarship application and email it along with your curriculum vitae, bio-sketch, or resume, and recommendation letter to Applications will be accepted until 11:59:59 pm Eastern Time on Monday, September 3, 2018.