The ChadTough Defeat DIPG grants are intended to incentivize novel approaches and spark innovation to find a cure for the deadliest pediatric brain cancer, DIPG.  Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG) is a rare and aggressive brainstem glioma which usually affects children. This pediatric brain tumor is located in the brain stem and is notoriously difficult to treat.

Fellowship Grant

Awarded to outstanding pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows under the guidance of a mentor to help develop the next generation of leaders in DIPG research. $300,000 over 3 years (maximum of $100,000 per year) for post-doctoral fellows; $200,000 over 3 years (maximum of $67,000 per year) for pre-doctoral fellows.


  • For pre-doctoral applicants:
    • Applicant must be enrolled in a research doctoral degree program at an accredited academic institution.
  • For post-doctoral applicants:
    • Applicant must hold an M.D. and/or Ph.D. by the application deadline.
    • Applicant must be no more than 6 years post-completion of last degree.
    • Applicant must be employed by an academic institution, nonprofit research institution, or laboratory.

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