Predoctoral Fellowships

R25T Predoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention Research

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. 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.


  • 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 the NCI-funded fellowships.
  • Must hold a Master's degree or equivalent from appropriate health science disciplines. 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.
  • Must be enrolled in a doctoral degree program for a research doctorate, not a medical doctorate degree.  
  • Applicants must have completed their predoctoral core courses and be ready to to start their doctoral research project.

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

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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.  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 faculty & research search engine. You may search for faculty by research keywords, name, division or department.

Frequently Asked Questions (of Predoc Applicants)

Do I need to have officially formed my dissertation committee at my institution to apply (my timeline is Preliminary exam in May 2015, Form official committee, June 2015, Defend Proposal in June/July 2015. I want to apply for this predoc fellowship at the application deadline on December 15, 2015?

You must be officially accepted into the doctoral program and mostly done w/your core courses. Ideally, you’re closer to taking your qualifying exams because the fellowship is only for three years and we like for people to be farther along so that if their dissertations take a bit longer, they don’t run out of funding.  However, this is a judgment call for you and your mentoring team, as long as you meet the basic criteria.

Is it sufficient to have 2 mentors (one from MD Anderson and only one from University of Texas School of Public Health)) as mentors on the fellowship? [In other words, Can my other 2 minor advisors only be on the dissertation committee (and not the fellowship)?]

Yes, but if they provide critical expertise, then you might explain their relationship with you if they are not official mentors on the fellowship.  Reviewers will worry that you won’t have someone helping you w/some parts of your research, so will want to see that you have someone helping.  

Do my TWO minor advisors also need to be mentors on the fellowship, for a total of 4 mentors on the fellowship? (Only mentors submit the bio sketch?)

For the fellowship, you must have one MD Anderson faculty from within the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, and ideally, your advisor or dissertation chair from UTSPH.  We ask for this to make sure that you are intimately connected with the activities within the Division and that within your mentoring team for the fellowship, one of your mentors can represent with authority the policies and requirements you have for your doctoral degree at the UTSPH.  You can have others if it makes sense to the team and your training; however, it will be up to you to make sure there is clear and frequent communication among all.

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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

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

Application Questions?

For application, fellowship & general questions visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page.

If not found in FAQs, e-mail

We will respond within 2 business days.

For CPRTP Mentors

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