Postdoctoral Fellowships in Cancer Prevention Research

R25T Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention

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Program Description

FUNDED BY AN R25T TRAINING GRANT 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. 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 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. 


Open to U.S. citizens and lawfully admitted permanent residents. Applicants with visas are not eligible.

Program duration: Postdoctoral fellowships are funded up to two years, renewed annually pending research progress and availability of funds.

Applicants must have earned a doctorates in health science or related disciplines by application deadline.  Applicants may be from backgrounds in the basic biomedical sciences, medicine, biomedical statistics, epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, nursing and related public health disciplines. This fellowship is 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 NCI-funded positions. 

Stipend and Benefits

Program duration

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, paid vacation and sick leave. Support also is provided for tuition, reference books, meeting registration and travel support, and limited research costs. 

Application Process

Application Process: The application process 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.  Research funds will be available for expenditure after proposal approval.

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 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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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

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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!