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How to apply

Applications for the 2017 Cohort are currently closed.

View a recording our info session for applicants.


Eligibility criteria

Knight Scientific Research Advocates represent a variety of disease areas, and come from a variety of different professional backgrounds. Periodically, we recruit new volunteers to complete training and join our program.

To become a Scientific Research Advocate, individuals must:

  • Have personal experience with cancer (as a patient, caregiver, or as an individual at high risk).
  • Be at least 24 months post-cancer diagnosis.
  • Be willing to volunteer at least 5 hours a month to the program for two years, including participating in quarterly group meetings, email discussions, and being available to consult on projects on an ad hoc basis.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including proficiency with email and Microsoft Office.

Ideal qualifications:

  • Demonstrated track record of involvement in community outreach or research advocacy activities.
  • Leadership or volunteer experience with relevant patient advocacy organizations.
  • Available to attend meetings on-campus at OHSU in Downtown Portland.



  • Oct. 26, 2016: Info session for interested applicants
  • Nov. 30, 2016: Applications are due
  • November-December 2016: Interviews with program manager
  • January 2017: All applicants notified
  • February 2017: Training begins