The application period for the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) is open. Since 1987, CPFP has provided funding support for post-doctoral Fellows to train the next generation of researchers and leaders in the field.
The deadline for applications is August 25, 2016; and the deadline for all supporting documentation is August 31, 2016. Eligibility requirements at a minimum include: a doctoral degree, less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience, and citizenship or permanent residency. Useful backgrounds include clinical, epidemiological, behavioral and social sciences, mathematical or quantitative sciences, informatics, and engineering.
CPFP provides: up to 4 years of financial support; opportunity for a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.); the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention; and mentored research opportunities at NCI or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also provides networking opportunities, leadership training, career development training, oral presentations and other skills building.
The M.P.H. lets early-career scientists learn about cancer prevention in public health and provides them with a foundation in the quantitative sciences of epidemiology and biostatistics. They also receive grant writing training to help them be more competitive in seeking future funding support.
CPFP Fellows choose their preceptor at NCI or FDA, design their own research agenda, and generally tend to have broader research options than traditional post-doctoral training programs in which people find and pair up with a single scientist who has funding to do specific project work.
Ten to 15 Fellows enter the program annually. Selection is based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons, such as race, religion, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability.