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Predoctoral Fellowships

R25T Predoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention Research

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Program Description

FUNDED BY AN R25T TRAINING GRANT (R25-CA57730) FROM THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE.  The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center prepares scientists and clinicians to achieve leadership roles as research investigators in the field of cancer prevention and control. The Program is designed to expand the perspective of the trainees by moving them from their base of strength in a particular specialty and to equip them with additional knowledge of the other cancer prevention and control disciplines. 

This cross-disciplinary training is accomplished by attending seminars and by participating in ongoing peer-reviewed, mentored research. Fellows are expected to present their research at scientific meetings and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Fellows will also participate in professional development seminars, such as time management and grant writing. Trainees are immersed in the type of cross-disciplinary research environment typical of cancer prevention and control research, with the objective of launching the trainee in the scientific research role of principal investigator relatively early in his or her career.

How to Find a Mentor

  1. A minimum of two mentors with complementary expertise in different disciplines are required.
  2. At least one of the two mentors must have a faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level or higher within the Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences at MD Anderson, which includes the following departments:
  3. Identify potential mentors from the CPRTP Mentor page and contact them directly concerning the possibility of mentorship.
  4. Other qualified mentors can have appointments in other MD Anderson departments or in institutions elsewhere.



Applicants must hold a Master's degree or equivalent from appropriate health science disciplines and be enrolled in a doctoral degree program.  Appropriate health science disciplines include public health, medical school, nursing school, or other health related graduate program. Students may be from backgrounds in the basic biomedical sciences, medicine, biomedical statistics, epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, nursing and related public health disciplines. 

These fellowships are supported by an NCI R25T grant (R25-CA57730) that requires trainees to have U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status. Applicants with visas are not eligible for the NCI-funded fellowships.

Stipend and Benefits

  • Program duration: Predoctoral fellowships are funded for three years or until completion of the doctoral degree, whichever comes first.
  • Predoctoral stipends start at approximately $29,000 per year. 
  • Fringe benefits include health insurance, paid institutional holidays and annual and sick leave. 
  • Support is also provided for tuition, reference books, meeting registration and travel support, and limited research costs.

Application Process

The application process consists of two phases: Application and Research & Career Proposal. Applicants are notified via email on the date indicated uunder "Deadlines & Important Dates" on whether they qualify to submit a research and career proposal with educational objectives and career development plan, as well as letters of support from all mentors.  Proposals will be due on the date indicated in the email invitation.  Funding will begin upon approval of the proposal by the review committee.

Note: Notification of the fellowship award after the initial application is official and confirmed. Although the awardees will submit research and training proposals for committee evaluation, the fellowship award is not contingent on review of the proposal.  However, initiation of the funding is subject to the committee’s final approval of the proposal.  If the committee requests modifications to the proposal, the awardee must revise the proposal to the committee’s satisfaction before funding will begin. This policy ensures that fellowship funds are conserved for the execution of the awardee’s project.

Both the Application and Research & Career Proposal must be submitted in one single electronic file (preferably pdf) and emailed to, as outlined in the instructions. 

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The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal opportunity employer and a smoke-free workplace. This program encourages applications from women and minority students. This program is supported by the National Cancer Institute, Grant R25T-CA57730

Deadlines & Important Dates

Applications Due:
Wednesday, November 6, 2013 

Application Decision to Applicants:
Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Research & Career Proposals Due 
Monday, January 13, 2014

Anticipated Fellowship Start Date: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

CPRTP Mentoring

For more information about what's expected of CPRTP mentors and guidelines for letters of support, visit the CPRTP Mentoring Page! 

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