National Breast Cancer Coalition

Project LEAD Institute 2020

Date: Sunday, July 26 - Friday, July 31, 2020

La Jolla, California

The Project LEAD® Institute is a six-day intensive science course designed for the lay public to train breast cancer advocates. The course covers the basics of cancer biology, genetics, epidemiology, research design and advocacy, and provides a foundation of scientific knowledge upon which participants can strengthen and empower themselves as activists. Taught by renowned research faculty, this is a unique opportunity for those interested in learning more about working as an NBCC research advocate.

For a more in-depth look at the Project LEAD experience, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Applicants must be members of NBCC who are:

  • Currently involved in the activities of a breast cancer organization
  • Interested in learning the scientific language and concepts of breast cancer to share with their community
  • Motivated to take a seat at the tables where important breast cancer decisions are made
  • Dedicated to supporting NBCC's mission to end breast cancer for everyone

Tuition is free to NBCC members who are accepted to the course, and includes all workshop materials and meals. Applicants can also apply for need-based scholarships to assist with lodging and travel expenses. Accepted participants must attend the entire course.

In addition to the application form, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation to Letters must be submitted on this template. Applications wil not be considered complete until all pieces are recieved. 

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to the uncertainty surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, we are temporarily halting the application process for the 2020 Project LEAD Institute. We will continue to assess the situation and weigh our options. Should the environment improve and the Institute move forward as planned, the application period will be extended. We will provide further updates as decisions are made. In the meantime, please contact Skye Wilson ( if you have any questions. Thank you for your understanding.

Final Application Deadline: TBD

The Project LEAD Institute uses rolling admissions process, so please submit your application as soon as possible. Notifications of acceptance will be made monthly, beginning in January 2020. All applicants will receive a final decision no later than June 1st, 2020.

Questions? Please email

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