The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (CPRTP) 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.
We are currently accepting applications for two (2) available fellowships:
1) The Janice Davis Gordon Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship in Colorectal Cancer Prevention is awarded to a cancer prevention research fellow specializing in the prevention of colorectal cancer.
2) The Halliburton Employees Contribution Fund is open to applicants with proposed research in all areas of cancer prevention.
Helpful Documents for Postdoc Applicants & Mentors
These dates are subject to change.
|Application Deadline||Mon., Feb. 13, 2023 by 11:59 p.m. CT|
|Notice to Awardees||Wed., Mar. 22 through Wed., Mar. 29, 2023|
|Research & Career Proposals Due (from Awardees)||Mon., May 15, 2023|
|Earliest Fellowship Start Date||July 1, 2023|
- 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.
- Applicants to the Gordon Memorial fellowship must propose research in colorectal cancer prevention. The Halliburton fellowship is open to applicants proposing research in all areas of cancer prevention (e.g., breast, lung, colorectal, skin, etc.)
- This fellowship is available without regard to the applicant’s U.S. citizenship status.
The MD Anderson Postdoctoral 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 start at $53,760 and may be subject to a one-time raise, after the first appointment year, if approved by the program and mentor.
Fringe benefits include health insurance, paid institutional holidays and annual and sick leave. These fellowships do not provide additional research support for tuition, reference books, meeting registration, travel support, and research costs. Awardees of the Halliburton or Gordon Memorial Colorectoral Postdoctoral Fellowship must consult their mentors for additional research support.
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: New DISCOVER application (similar to a job application).
Step 2: Upload all required supporting documents. These documents cannot be uploaded until Step 1 is complete.
Step 3: Request approximately three (3) letters of recommendation.
For detailed application instructions, read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of Postdoctoral Applicants > How to Apply. 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.
1. This program requires a minimum of two mentors with complementary research expertise in different disciplines. Use this list to identify participating faculty. Faculty listed are not obligated to serve as mentors and may not be available.
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 below to search for additional faculty and call the MD Anderson switchboard at 1-800-889-2094, if there is no contact number listed.
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).
Cancer Prevention Research Training
P.O. Box 301439
Houston, Texas 77230-1439, USA
Monday through Friday,
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT