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Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

Preceptor Spotlight

Thumbnail portrait of Gretchen Gierach, PhD, MPHGretchen Gierach, PhD, MPH, investigator in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch, Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics, is interviewed by current CPFP Fellow Maeve Mullooly.
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The major activity for Cancer Prevention Fellows is mentored research. All fellows are expected to develop original scientific projects and to report their findings at scientific meetings and in leading journals. Preceptors who serve to guide and enrich each fellow's experience are selected from skilled investigators across all NCI divisions, participating FDA centers, or local academic institutions. Over 100 NCI staff members have served as preceptors.

Preceptorships are selected through a matching process. During their first summer onsite at NCI, fellows spend time meeting with potential preceptors. A mutual agreement is reached between the preceptor and the fellow on the research that will be completed during the fellowship. A research proposal for the initial project is then prepared for approval by the preceptor and the CPFP scientific staff. Whereas the CPFP has all administrative responsibility for each fellow, the preceptor provides scientific supervision. Preceptors are responsible for arranging for office space, supplies, and equipment; encouraging presentations and publications at local and national meetings; and providing supplemental travel or training funds for research-related activities.

Included in the CPFP Catalog are some of the NCI divisions, programs, laboratories, branches, and offices from which Cancer Prevention Fellows may select their preceptors. A listing of preceptors from the FDA is available on the website, Joint Training in Cancer Prevention.

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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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Last modified: 09/23/2016

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