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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.
Applicants must have earned or be within 5 months from the date of application submission of completing their doctorate in health science or related disciplines. 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 available without regard to the applicant’s U.S. citizenship status. Foreign nationals must be in the U.S. legally and have valid and appropriate visas.
- Program duration: Postdoctoral fellowships are funded for two years, renewed annually pending research progress and availability of funds.
- Donor-Funded 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.
- Tuition, reference books, meeting registration, travel support, and research costs are not included with this fellowship award. Trainees must contact their mentor(s) for research support.
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.
• Postdoctoral fellowships are funded for two years.
• During this term, all awardees will be required to participate in CPRTP Educational and career activities as outlined on the Fellowship Requirement Memo and listed in the table below.
• Required trainee activities include, but are not limited to:
o Enroll in the 2-credit hour Cancer Prevention course cross-listed at the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and the UT School of Public Health (SPH). Tuition will not be paid by CPRTP. Please consult your mentor for payment.
o Four (4) mandatory meetings with CPRTP directors during the course of the fellowship.
o Two (2) Trainee Research Symposium Presentations annually.
o Additional mandatory activities: Cancer Prevention and Control Grand Rounds, Trainee Forum, Summer Exposition, Responsible Conduct of Research seminars, and any additional career development activities advertised.
- Mandatory Review Meeting: It is the responsibility of the trainee to contact CPRTP to schedule the review meetings with either one or both CPRTP directors, on or before the last day of the month, as outlined in the fellowship requirements memo.
- 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 by browsing the listed faculty directly through the MD Anderson Department pages or using the MD Anderson Faculty and Research Keyword - Search Engine.