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Application Deadlines:

  • Predoc: January 26th, 2018
  • Postdoc: January 12th, 2018


US citizens, non-citizen nationals, or individuals who have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence and possess an Alien Registration Receipt Card (or some other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident) are eligible to apply for this award. Foreign nationals with student visas are not eligible for this award. NCI also requires that participants either be enrolled in a program leading to a PhD or comparable research doctoral degree or have already completed a doctoral degree (either MD or PhD).

Pre-Doctoral Applicants

Pre-doctoral applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic record, work experience, references, and goal statements. Although applicants do not need any formal prior experience in cancer prevention and control, preference is given to applicants who demonstrate that their educational goals and career plans are consistent with the program's training objectives.

Pre-doctoral applicants interested in applying to the training program must be enrolled in one of the following University of Washington PhD programs:

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants that do not have their thesis research with participating program faculty member(s) may be required to provide additional research assistance to the program mentor(s) outside of their thesis work.

Post-Doctoral Applicants

Applicants to the post-doctoral training program should have a MD, PhD, or comparable doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Preference is given to applicants with prior training or work experience in cancer prevention and control, although applicants without such training or experience will be considered provided they are able to demonstrate that their educational goals and career plans are consistent with the program's training objectives.

Application Procedures

Applicants should submit the following to the Program Coordinator:
  • Pre-Doctoral Training Program Application form.
  • Post-Doctoral Training Program Application form.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Three letters of reference/evaluations: Recommenders should use their own professional stationery and send the letters to the applicant in sealed envelopes. Applicants should submit the unopened envelopes to the Program Coordinator (or recommenders can email the letter directly to the Program Coordinator). Letters may be addressed to the Program Director or the Steering Committee.
  • Transcripts and other records of academic and professional training
  • Goal Statement about the applicant's research interests in cancer prevention and control, career goals, and how the fellowship would contribute to those goals. Post-doctoral applicants need to include a detailed 2-year plan outlining research and publishing goals. Please include papers you plan to submit each year, an independent research plan as well as how to integrate with your mentor's research, and post-training plans (please contact the Program Coordinator for more information).
  • GRE scores (unless applicant has a PhD, JD, or MD from an accredited US school). A photocopy can expedite the review process.
  • An in-person or telephone interview with the Program Director and a Steering Committee member is required.
    This can be arranged by contacting them directly. It is recommended that you choose a Steering Committee member based on the similarities of your interests, as one of your mentors must belong to the Steering Committe. Please visit our faculty page for links to bios and contact information. If you experience any problems contacting a faculty member please contact the Program Coordinator for assistance.

Selection Process

The Steering Committee selects and evaluates trainees based on measurable outcomes for each candidate and the training program as a whole. Each trainee is assigned a primary mentor and mentoring committee from the training program faculty. It is strongly encouraged that your primary mentor be a Steering Committee Member. If the primary mentor is not in the home department of the trainee, the mentor committee will contain a member from the applicant's home department. This facilitates coordination of departmental components with training program components. All selected applicants will prepare learning contracts for review by the Steering Committee and other faculty.


Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research

National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds are available for administrative supplements to improve diversity of the research workforce by supporting and recruiting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in science.

Candidates eligible for support under this supplement program may be at various career levels and may include individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Usually, a parent grant may support only one individual on a supplement and are not intended to provide an alternative or additional means of supporting individuals who already receive support from an NIH research grant, an NIH National Research Service Award (NRSA), or any other DHHS funding mechanism. Additionally, individuals may not be transferred to a supplement to increase the availability of funds to the parent grant for other uses.

Affiliate Status

Scholars with their own source of funding can apply to be Affiliate fellows by sending their CV and a formal letter to the Program Coordinator. Affiliate applications are not competitive and are accepted on an ongoing basis, however, the applicant should outline their research plan in their letter as it relates to the grant objectives. Affiliates are assigned one mentor and complete a learning contract but are not required to register for any courses. They are required to attend the fellows meetings three times per year.