Justification Toolkit

Thank you for deciding to join us at the 2019 International Cancer Education Conference! We know that you will leave the conference with gained knowledge and an expanded network, but we also know that sometimes, it's not up to you decide if you can attend.

We hope these tips and sample letter will help you jusitify your attendance at the 2019 ICEC. If you need specific information about exhibitors, sessions or courses, please reach out to contactaace@aaceonline.com. We're here to help!

 Sample Letter

Dear < Approver’s name >,

I would like to attend the International Cancer Education Conference taking place in Salt Lake City, Utah,  18 – 20 September 2019. This conference brings together more than 250 cancer care professionals to collaborate and expand their expertise through education, knowledge-sharing, and networking.

This year’s conference features presentation topics ranging from < list relevant topic > to < list another relevant topic >, and I am confident what I learn will be directly applicable to my work. After reviewing the conference schedule, I have identified a few sessions that I would like to attend:

  • Session 1 and how it will benefit you and your organization
  • Session 2 and how it will benefit you and your organization
  • Session 3 and how it will benefit you and your organization

In addition to the educational benefits, attending the International Cancer Education Conference is a great way to meet like-minded professionals and expand my network. It also creates an opportunity for our organization to share our work and lessons learned with the cancer care community.

In order to attend the conference and achieve my goals, I am seeking sponsorship of < total amount you need > for the following expenses:

Registration (before 19 August):
Round-trip Airfare:

The opportunity for me to develop a network of contacts and to gain knowledge in specific areas of evaluation, makes my attendance at the International Cancer Education Conference a wise investment that will benefit our organization. Please let me know if you have any questions, or would like more information on ICEC.


< Your name here >


Creative solutions may help your request get approved. Consider these options:

  • Before meeting with your supervisor, prepare a plan that shows who will cover your duties while you attend the conference.

  • Offer to prepare and deliver a short presentation and Q&A session for your colleagues to share what you learned. This way, your coworkers will benefit from your attendance. 

  • List specific sessions and explain how they will impact your practices or organization.

  • Clearly make the connection between your needs and the benefits you are identifying.

  • If the scholarship approver is outside of your department, don’t assume they understand your goals or any technical terms. Spell out the impact for them.

  • Passion is the best persuasion technique – let yours shine through in your letter.