National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) 2022

Deadline: August 1, 2022

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) 2022

Applications are now for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) 2022 and will close on August 1, 2022.Preventing cancer is one of the most important scientific and public health aims for the 21st Century. To achieve that goal, the Nation needs leaders: scientists and health professionals trained in the principles and practice of cancer prevention and control.

Founded in 1987, the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) provides its fellows an opportunity to develop an independent research program in cancer prevention. The centerpiece of the program is mentored, multidisciplinary research. With input from senior scientists and program staff, each fellow develops original scientific projects and reports findings at meetings and in leading journals.

Stipends and Benefits

Stipends: Each stipend will be determined by the applicant’s degree and years of relevant postdoctoral experience. Stipend levels increase with the number of years of postdoctoral experience. Annual increases may be given. Specialty allowances may also be given for specialized training in epidemiology and/or biostatistics. Stipends are subject to change depending on Federal guidelines and funding availability.

Health Insurance and Leave: Fellows will receive individual or family health insurance and paid federal holidays, annual leave, sick leave, and maternity/paternity leave.

Relocation: NCI may cover the cost of relocation expenses up to a maximum of $3,000 (i.e., travel, shipment of household goods, and temporary storage, if necessary) for the fellow for one move to the area where M.P.H. training will be pursued, or to the Rockville, Maryland area. Reimbursement will be in accordance with prevailing government regulations. No return travel is authorized.

The program will provide the following:

  • Competitive stipends, relocation expenses, health insurance benefits, and travel allowances
  • Support for up to four years
  • Opportunity to earn your M.P.H., sponsored by NCI
  • Research opportunities with experienced NCI mentors
  • A cohort of fellows spanning STEM and other fields


The main objectives of the this program is to provide a comprehensive postdoctoral program that is flexible enough to permit individual creativity and resourceful enough to provide opportunities for meaningful discoveries. 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.

Eligibility for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) 2022

To be considered for the CPFP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1.) Doctoral degree
a) You must have a Ph.D., M.D., 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)

b) 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., Ph.D. candidates) or the dean of the school (e.g., M.D. candidates).

c) Foreign education must be comparable to that received in the United States.

2.) Prior postdoctoral experience

a) You must have less than 5 years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment.

3.) Citizenship

a) You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time you apply (The I-551 stamp in a passport is acceptable; “Employment Authorization” documents are not acceptable.)

– OR –

b) You must apply through the Fundación Inciensa (FUNIN)-NCI Partnership.

Application Procedures

Personal Statement of Research Goals: In narrative form, describe your research interests and goals and how these relate to cancer prevention and control. Please also provide insight into your short- and long-term career goals, and explain how the CPFP will help you achieve those goals. Limit your personal statement to two typed, single-spaced pages and use 12-point font and 1-inch margins.

Curriculum Vitae

Letters of Reference: Four current and original letters of reference must be sent directly to the Director of the CPFP by individuals in the scientific/academic community who have knowledge of your scientific accomplishments, motivation, skills, and potential for leadership. Letters of reference from peers are discouraged.

Academic Transcripts: Copies of all graduate and undergraduate transcripts (and translations, if applicable) must be uploaded

Other Documentation: Permanent residents of the United States must submit proof of eligibility for citizenship. The I-551 stamp in a passport is acceptable; “Employment Authorization” documents are not acceptable.

How to Apply

To be considered for the program, you must meet the eligibility requirements!

You must apply through our online application process. When applying, you will be asked to:

  • Complete and submit your online application. This includes uploading your unofficial academic transcripts, your personal statement, your curriculum vitae, and proof of U.S. permanent residency (if not a U.S. citizen) or Costa Rican citizenship (if applying through the FUNIN-NCI Partnership). You may complete the application at your own pace and in multiple sessions.
  • Request four current and original letters of reference.
  • Request a letter assuring that all degree requirements will be completed by June (this is called a letter of assurance and is required from doctoral degree candidates only).

All supporting documentation requests and document uploads must be made through your application account.


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