Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program Thrives 30 Years On

Date Posted: 

Tuesday, May 23, 2017


As the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) celebrates its 30th anniversary, the successful cycle continues with the call for applications for the next class of fellows, who would start in 2018.

The current application period, which opened May 1, 2017, will close on August 25, 2017. Eligibility requirements are: Doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD or other doctoral degree in a related discipline) completed before the start of the CPFP; prior postdoctoral experience (less than 5 years); and citizenship (US citizen or permanent resident, or applying through the Ireland-Northern Ireland-NCI Cancer Consortium.)


CPFP has provided a strong foundation for scientists and clinicians to train in the field of cancer prevention and control since 1987. Outstanding opportunities for cutting-edge research in the basic, quantitative, social and behavioral sciences, and in clinical cancer prevention, have been the hallmarks of the program since its inception.

The program provides up to 4 years of financial support; training toward a Master of Public Health or equivalent degree at an accredited university; the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention; mentored research opportunities at NCI or FDA; and professional development and leadership training.

The 14 Class of 2017 Fellows are a "talented group of early career scientists who come from a broad range of disciplines and backgrounds," according to program director David E. Nelson, MD, MPH. "As in past years, the most common way our new fellows learned about the CPFP was through word of mouth, and we appreciate alumni who continue to let potential fellow candidates know about the program."

A research study examining career satisfaction and perceived salary competitiveness among CPFP alumni and postdoctoral scientists published January 2017 in PLOS ONE reported high levels of career satisfaction. Over the years, many CPFP alumni have gone on to make important contributions in their fields. Some of their stories can be found here.