Donor Funded Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Janice Davis Gordon Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship in Colorectal Cancer Prevention

Open to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents and Foreign Nationals Holding Visas. 

Program Description

The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program at the UT 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. The Janice Davis Gordon Memorial Fellowship in Colorectal Cancer Prevention Research is awarded to a cancer prevention research fellow specializing in prevention of colorectal cancer.


  • Applicants must have earned or be within 5 months of completing doctorates in health science or related disciplines.
  • This fellowship is available without regard to the applicant’s U.S. citizenship status and is open to U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and Foreign Nationals Holding Visas.   
  • Foreign nationals must be in the USA legally and have valid and appropriate visas. 
  • Applicants may be from backgrounds in the basic biomedical sciences, medicine, biomedical statistics, epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, nursing, and related public health disciplines. 
  • The proposed research project must be related to colorectal cancer prevention.

Stipend and Benefits

Program duration:  The Janice Davis Gordon Memorial Fellowship in Colorectal Cancer Prevention Research is funded for two years, renewed annually pending research progress and availability of funds. 

Postdoctoral stipends are $50,000 and may be subject to a one-time raise, after the first appointment year, if approved by the mentor.  Fringe benefits include health insurance, paid institutional holidays, and annual and sick leave. This fellowship does not provide additional research support for tuition, reference books, meeting registration, travel support, and research costs. Janice Davis Gordon Postdoctoral fellows must consult their mentors for additional research support.  

Application Process

Application Process: The application process takes up to 5 months and consists of two phases:

Phase 1 - Initial Application. Successful applicants will be invited to Phase 2.

Phase 2 - Invitation to Submit Research and Career Proposal: Successful applicants from Phase I are considered to be accepted to the fellowship program and will be invited to submit a Research and Career Proposal. The proposal will be reviewed by the CPRTP Advisory Committee, and suggestions may be provided for its improvement.  Funding for the fellowship begins approximately 3 weeks after the proposal has been approved by the review committee. 

How to Find a Mentor

  • This program requires a minimum of two mentors with complementary expertise in different disciplines is required.  Additional mentors are allowed. Other qualified mentors can have appointments in other MD Anderson departments or in institutions elsewhere.
  • At least one mentor must have a faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level or higher within the Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences at MD Anderson.  Faculty conducting cancer prevention research are concentrated within the following five (5) departments: 1) Behavioral Science 2) Health Disparities Research 3) Clinical Cancer Prevention 4) Epidemiology and 5) Health Services Research
  • Applicants may also search for potential mentors using the MD Anderson doctor search engine. You may search for faculty by research keywords, name, division or department.

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Deadlines & Important Dates

We are no longer accepting applications.

Application Deadline (including all letters of support and letters of recommendation):
Thursday, March 31, 2016
(11:59pm CT)

Application Decision to Applicants:
Mid to Late April, 2016

Research & Career Proposals Due 
Mid to Late May, 2016

Fellowship Start Date: 
Must be before June 30, 2016

Gordon Postdoctoral Application Instructions & Forms

Application Questions?

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For CPRTP Mentors

For CPRTP mentor responsibilities, helpful links and guidelines for letters of support visit our page for Prospective Mentors!