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Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

Program Description

Our Goal

Preventing cancer is one of the most important scientific and public health aims for the 21st Century. The overarching goal of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) is to provide a strong foundation for scientists and clinicians to train in the field of cancer prevention and control.

The Cancer Prevention Fellowship is carefully structured to offer individuals comprehensive training in the field of cancer prevention and control. It is multidisciplinary by nature, as we select fellows from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Unlike some postdoctoral programs, our Fellows have the opportunity to select their own preceptors, and develop and lead research activities based on their own interests. The Program provides:

  • Up to 4 years of financial support
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) or an equivalent degree at any one-year accredited university program
  • NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention
  • Mentored research opportunities at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) or Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Professional development and leadership training

World Class Training Opportunities

The Fellowship supports a broad range of research opportunities in cancer prevention and control. Under the direction of the program's scientific staff and of senior staff from the NCI or the FDA, who act as preceptors, fellows are free to pursue their interests in various areas of cancer prevention.


The applicant must have an MD, PhD, JD or other doctoral degree in a related discipline (e.g., basic science, epidemiology, health services research, medicine, behavioral science, nursing, social science, nutrition, health education/health promotion, law, dentistry, statistics, geography, exercise science, or engineering).

Applicants currently enrolled in accredited doctoral degree programs that have not yet fulfilled all degree requirements will be considered for entry into the program, with the understanding that all requirements will be completed before the start of the CPFP. Assurance to this effect must be supplied in writing by the chair of the dissertation committee (e.g., PhD candidates) or the dean of the school (e.g., MD candidates).

Other Eligibility Requirements

  • Less than five years relevant postdoctoral experience
  • Foreign education must be comparable to that received in the United States
  • Must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time of application or be an applicant from the Ireland-Northern Ireland-NCI Cancer Consortium

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Deadline Alerts

Fellowship Program

The deadline for applying was
August 25, 2016. Returning users can log in and check the status of their application.

If you would like to become a fellow in June 2018, the next application period is between May 1, 2017 and
August 25, 2017.

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Selection for these positions is based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons, such asrace, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability. NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please contact us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodations will be handled on a case-by-case basis. Read more...

Last modified: 05/27/2016

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