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Short Term Research Experiences

NCI R25E Spring Research Experiences in Cancer Prevention


We are no longer accepting applications. Spring Research Experience announcements and application instructions are posted on this website mid to late September annually. Hyperlinks for application forms & instructions will become active at that time.  

Program Description

The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) is designed to expand the perspective of interested students and trainees by equipping them with knowledge of cancer prevention and control disciplines. Trainees are immersed in the cross-disciplinary environment typical of cancer prevention and control research and benefit from career and professional development opportunities.  Students in the short-term research experience program receive hands-on experience in ongoing cancer prevention research projects under the mentorship of an established faculty investigator.  They also achieve educational objectives mutually agreed on by the student and mentor. Students may not have other employment during the internship period.


Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident. Visa holders are not eligible. In addition, applicants must be enrolled in a degree program for the current Spring semester as an undergraduate, graduate, or health professional student (including medical student, nursing student, etc.)

About the Research Experience

  • This short-term research experience is funded for 15-weeks during the spring academic semester.  
  • Awardees (also referred to as "trainees") of the R25E Spring Research Experience may not have other employment during the research experience and are expected to be enrolled in a degree-granting program during the Spring semester. This applies to undergraduate, graduate, health professional and doctoral students. 
  • Awardees may not have other NCI-funding during this research experience.
  • Trainees are required to participate in CPRTP educational and career activities as outlined in the Fellowship Requirement Memo.  
  • Spring Research Experience trainees will work at MD Anderson part-time (not to exceed 20 hours per week) and attend school (part-time or full-time, the choice is up to the student). 
  • The fellowship dates for this program are set and cannot be modified. If you are unable to meet these requirements, perhaps you are better suited for the Summer Research Experience. The Summer Research Experience is generally announced in mid to late December of each year. Visit this website for details and follow our program on Facebook and Twitter.

Stipend and Benefits

As per terms set by the NCI funding source, students will receive a total stipend of $6,000 paid over the 15-week appointment. This total stipend will be divided by the pay dates within the 15-week appointment (8 total). Pay dates are the 5th and 20th of each month. Additional benefits include tuition costs for the required Cancer Prevention GSBS required course.

Select a Mentor

One Primary Mentor is required and a second mentor is optional.  Your mentor(s) may have a faculty appointment outside of the DCPPS.  Identify potential mentors from the CPRTP Mentor page and contact them directly concerning the possibility of mentorship. The primary mentor must have a faculty appointment at the assistant professor level or higher at MD Anderson.  Faculty conducting cancer prevention research are concentrated within the following departments:

Return to Cancer Prevention Research Training Program home page.

Deadlines & Important Dates

We are no longer accepting applications.

Please check back in September, 2014 for Spring Research Experience 2015 announcement & application instructions.

R25E Spring Research Experience Instructions & Forms

Required Forms: 

  • Application Checklist and Coversheet (fillable pdf)
  • Mentors Profile Form (fillable pdf) 
  • Fellowship Requirements Memo (to be signed by applicant an Primary Mentor) 
  • Mentor Requirements Memo (to be signed by Primary Mentor only)

Guidelines for Potential Mentors

Following these 
Guidelines for Writing Letters of Support
will increase the likelihood 
of a successful fellowship application! 

Got Application Questions?

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which contains information for 

applicants and existing  fellows!

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