The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program at MD Anderson prepares scientists and clinicians to achieve leadership roles as research investigators in the field of cancer prevention and control. The goals of this postdoctoral program are to expand the existing perspective of the fellow by strengthening their knowledge of cancer prevention research and current disciplines and to provide them with rigorous preparation in novel quantitative methods, appropriate to the proposed cancer prevention research. With a special focus on career development and interdisciplinary collaboration, we seek trainees in basic biomedical sciences, biostatistics and bioinformatics, systems biology, epidemiology, genetics, behavioral and social sciences, economics, and related population and public health disciplines.
Centered around mentored research in cancer prevention and control guided by experienced faculty mentors, multidisciplinary training will be accomplished through a robust training plan that is founded on rigorous quantitative methods, a specialized cancer prevention educational curriculum, an individual development plan, and career development activities. Trainees will participate in mentored research; attend cancer prevention science seminars; present their research at scientific meetings; participate in professional development seminars, and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Trainees are immersed in the type of cross-disciplinary research environment characteristic of cancer prevention and control research, with the objective of launching the trainee in the role of principal investigator early in his or her career. The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program is committed to building a demographically and scientifically diverse research workforce.
To help foster research collaborations in cancer prevention and control between MD Anderson and other educational research institutions, fellows are co-mentored by (1) a faculty member at MD Anderson’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, and (2) a faculty member at MD Anderson’s partner institutions: University of Houston, Texas A&M University, Rice University, UTHealth (excluding UT School of Public Health). Non-MD Anderson faculty may serve as a primary or co-mentor from one of the institutions listed above. Due to administrative requirements, trainees’ paid appointments as postdoctoral fellows are made at MD Anderson.
This fellowship is funded by a research training grant award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas - CPRIT (Award# RP170259, Drs. Shine Chang and Sanjay Shete, Principal Investigators).
Helpful Documents for Postdoc Applicants & Mentors
The application is now closed. The following dates are relevant to the previous cycle and subject to change.
|Application deadline||Mon., Sept. 13, 2021, 11:59 p.m. CDT|
|Notification to awardees||Mon., Oct. 4, 2021|
|Research & Career Proposals due||Deadline will be sent with invitations|
|Earliest fellowship start date||Mon., Nov. 1, 2021|
- Applicants must have already earned a doctoral degree in health science or related disciplines by the application deadline.
- 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 cancer prevention.
- This fellowship is available without regard to the applicant’s U.S. citizenship status. International applicants must have a valid visa that can accomodate two years of training at MD Anderson.
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Fellowship in Cancer Prevention Research is funded for one year and may be renewed for a second year pending research progress and availability of funds.
Postdoctoral stipends are $53,760 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.
Phase 1: Initial Application
To apply, launch the application in the DISCOVER system using the link located at the top of this web page. There are 3 steps required in the DISCOVER system:
- Step 1: Download the application instructions and checklist located at the top of this page.
- Step 2: Use the application link to create a New DISCOVER application (similar to a job application).
- Step 3: Upload all required supporting documents. These documents cannot be uploaded until Step 2 is complete.
- Step 4: Request approximately three (3) letters of recommendation.
All applications will be reviewed by our Advisory Committee and successful applicants will be invited to Phase 2.
Phase 2: Invitation to Submit Research and Career Proposal
Successful applicants from Phase I will be invited to submit a Research and Career Proposal via email. The proposal will be reviewed by the CPRTP Advisory Committee, along with other subject matter experts. Suggestions may be provided for improving the proposal. Funding for the fellowship is contingent upon proposal approval by the Advisory Committee and Program Directors and processing of appointment paperwork (e.g. visa sponsorship forms, immunization, criminal background check) by the MD Anderson Research Trainee Programs (RTP) and Visa and Immigration Services Administration. For additional details, read these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of Postdoctoral Applicants.
The CPRTP will host informational Zoom Q&A sessions for applicant trainees and faculty mentors on the dates and times below.
To receive an invitation, email the CPRTP with the: 1) invitation type (applicant or mentor), and 2) preferred session date. and time
Applicant Trainee Sessions:
- Thursday, August 5th, 2021 at 1pm CDT
- Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 at 1pm CDT
- Friday, August 27th, 2021 at 11am CDT
- Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 at 10am CDT
Faculty Mentor Sessions:
- Thursday, August 5th, 2021 at 2pm CDT
- Tuesday, August 17th, 2021 at 12noon CDT
- Friday, August 27th, 2021 at 10am CDT
- Wednesday, September 8th, 2021 at 11am CDT
For detailed application instructions read the FAQs of Postdoctoral Applicants
Applicants are encouraged to use the Participating Faculty Mentors List to identify mentors at MD Anderson Cancer Center and our partnering institutions: Rice University, Texas A&M University, University of Houston, and UTHealth. This comprehensive list includes the name and credentials of the faculty, along with a link to their faculty bio, keywords describing their research, email address, and office phone number.
How to Find Co-Mentors
Additional co-mentors are permitted and may have appointments in:
- Other MD Anderson departments outside of the DCPPS. Use the MD Anderson Faculty Search Tool.
- Other non-partnering institutions, as long as the mentor requirements below have been met.
1. This program requires a minimum of two mentors with complementary research expertise in different disciplines.
2. At least one mentor must have a faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level or higher within the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences (DCPPS) at MD Anderson. Faculty conducting cancer prevention research are concentrated within the five (5) departments below. Use the links to search for faculty and call the MD Anderson switchboard at 1-800-889-2094, if there is no contact number listed. NOTE: Due to administrative requirements, trainees' paid appointments as postdoctoral fellows are made at MD Anderson, in the department of the main MD Anderson mentor (Assistant Professor level or higher).
- Behavioral Science
- Health Disparities Research
- Clinical Cancer Prevention
- Health Services Research
3. At least one MD Anderson mentor must subsidize year two (2) of the fellowship appointment and supplement expenses.
4. Preference will be given to applications that include at least one faculty mentor from one or more of our four (4) partnering institutions below. Applicants must indicate on the application checklist in DISCOVER, the name of the main mentor from the partnering institution. Use the CPRIT participating mentors list or the institution pages below and search by department name, research discipline, or faculty name, if known.
5. At least one mentor’s expertise must be based in quantitative methodology.
CPRTP Postdoc Program Contact
Prior to contacting our office, please read these Postdoc FAQs for details about the application process, fellowship requirements, and more.
Rana Banton, M.B.A.
Cancer Prevention Research Training Program