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ESO Financial Aid

The majority of ESO activities are free but some require participants to cover the cost of their travel/accommodation whilst others may require a small registration fee or admission fee.

We are committed to providing top quality education to as many people as possible but we recognise that everyone’s situation is different and sometimes cost can be a barrier.

The Domietta Del Drago Fellowship Fund was established in her memory in January 2020 to help eliminate those financial barriers.

The Fund provides financial aid to doctors and nurses who have successfully passed the selection process for one of ESO’s educational programmes, but may have difficulties covering the cost of participation.

In order to qualify for ESO Financial Aid you must already be accepted to participate in an ESO activity (competitive application events only).

Priority is given to:

  • Participants of the Clinical Masterclass in Oncology & the Certificates of Competence and Advanced Studies programmes
  • People coming from ESO’s geographical reach (Europe, Eastern Europe, Balkan, Baltic, Eurasia, Mediterranean & Latin America)
  • Members of ESO’s College – ESCO
  • Those willing to help ESO promote its activities in the future

If you would like to request financial aid please send us the following documents:

  • Completed financial aid request form
  • A motivation letter explaining your current working/financial situation and why you would benefit from receiving ESO financial aid
  • Current CV

You might be asked to provide proof of your monthly income.

Financial Aid requests can be made throughout the year. ESO will access each request and applicants will be informed of their decision as soon as possible.

If accepted, the following procedure applies:

  • Financial aid for travel/accommodation costs - travel/accommodation must be booked and paid for by the participant in advance. The granted financial aid will be paid to the participant after the event. You can request that ESO covers all your travel/accommodation costs or just part of them.
  • Financial aid for admission fees - Financial aid for admission fees can be for the full fee or partial. If aid is granted the full or partial admission fee will be waived by ESO.

For further information and to return completed request forms please contact chall@eso.net.

Domietta Del Drago Fellowship Fund

In 1982 Umberto Veronesi, a visionary in cancer care and treatment, alongside Princess Laudomia (Domietta) Del Drago, a distinguished member of the Roman aristocracy and a breast cancer survivor, founded The European School of Oncology. They believed through increasing access to oncology education, cancer could not just be diagnosed sooner but treatment could improve, and in turn reduce the number of deaths.

Del Drago passionately supported ESO throughout her life, she gave the School its first (in a long series!) of donations regularly engaged with the School as the President of the Board of Directors. When she passed away in 2019 she asked her daughter, Donella, to ensure their family continued its financial commitment to the European School of Oncology.

Today, ESO is the one of the most established organisations exclusively dedicated to increasing the knowledge of health professionals in all fields of cancer medicine with the support of an international scientific committee and advisory board.

The Domietta Del Drago Fellowship Fund was established in her memory in January 2020 to help eliminate financial barriers for students all over Europe. The Fund provides financial aid to doctors and nurses who have successfully passed the selection process for one of ESO’s educational programmes but may have difficulties covering the cost of participation.

Priority for financial aid will be given to participants in the Clinical Masterclasses in Oncology and in the Certificates of Competence Programme. For further information please contact chall@eso.net.