MD Anderson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention
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.
Deadline: Monday, July 16, 2018, 11:59 p.m. Central Time
Application Deadline: Monday, July 16, 2018
Notification to Finalists: Friday, August 10, 2018
Research & Career Proposals Due: Monday, September 24, 2018
Official Notification to Awardees: Friday, October 19, 2018
Anticipated Fellowship Start Date: Early to mid-November 2018
- Applicants must have already earned or be within 5 months of earning 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.
- Proposed research project must be related to cancer prevention.
- This fellowship is available without regard to the applicant’s U.S. citizenship status.
- Foreign nationals must already be in the U.S. and on a valid and appropriate visa.
Program duration: The MD Anderson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention Research is funded for up to two years, renewed annually pending research progress and availability of funds.
Postdoctoral stipends are $51,000 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. Awardees of the MD Anderson Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Prevention must consult their mentors for additional research support.
Phase 1: Initial Application
Applicants will download all forms from this webpage and submit those items as specified in the application instructions, and in the order listed on the application checklist and coversheet. 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, 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, as well as processing of appointment paperwork by the Academic and Visa Administration (AVA).
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, which include:
- Required MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School course: Enroll in the 2-credit hour Cancer Prevention course cross-listed at the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School and the UT School of Public Health (SPH). Tuition will not be paid by CPRTP. Please consult your mentor for payment.
- Check-in meetings with CPRTP directors: Four (4) mandatory meetings with CPRTP directors during the course of the fellowship. See Fellowship Requirement Memo for schedule.
- Oral presentations: Trainees will acquire a repertoire of five (5) speaking skills appropriate to the various professional occasions they will encounter. These presentations will be given at CPRTP Summer Research Experience events and Department Faculty Meetings. DCPPS trainees will receive e-mailed announcements of upcoming presentations.
- Scientific Elevator Speech (90 seconds)
- 10-minute Research Presentation and Practice Job talk (for a diverse audience)
- 10-minute TED style talk (suitable for educated public)
- "Speaking up" (Asking questions and explaining scientific reasoning, in a professional environment)
- 1-hour formal job talk
- 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.
- 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 search.
To ensure that our program meets the highest standards in selecting fellowship awardees and to enhance the review process, we encourage potential mentors to use the following guidelines when writing a Letter of Support for your fellowship applicant.
Letter Format and Requirements
- All letters should be addressed to Dr. Shine Chang, Director, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Cancer Prevention Research Training Program.
- All letters must be recently dated, signed and on institutional letterhead. Electronic signatures are acceptable.
- Copies of Letters of Support may be included with the merged application submitted by the applicant.
- Original Letters of Support may be emailed by the mentor or support staff to email@example.com.
- Descriptive subject line: Because we often have multiple fellowships running concurrently, the subject line should include applicant name, fellowship and letter type. Example: Jane Doe, Ph.D., MD Anderson Postdoc Fellowship, Letter of Support.
- All letter must be received by the deadline. Letters submitted without these features may render your application incomplete and denied.
- Letters must address the (3) three areas detailed below and will increase the likelihood that the applicant's application is successful.
- Please address these criteria with respect to the applicant:
- In what capacity you know the applicant
- Potential for conducting research
- Evidence of originality
- Adequacy of scientific background
- Quality of research or publications to date
- Commitment to cancer prevention research
- Need for further research experience and training
- State how you would rank the applicant’s overall ability and potential. Top 10%? Top 25%?
The Potential Project
- Include a paragraph describing how the applicant’s proposed general line of research relates to the CPRTP objectives
Your Role As Mentor
- Describe the degree of mentoring capacity you currently have, including number of postdoctoral trainees advised, and where they are today
- Describe how often you will meet with the applicant
- Data and resources your lab has available to support the applicant's proposed line of research
- Your plans for working with other mentors and explain how your expertise complements theirs
- Your capacity to provide required supplementary stipend funds and other research, travel, and supply costs appropriate to the particular mechanism applied for
- In a separate paragraph, outline your previous mentoring experience
- List any dissertations you have chaired