The 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.
This fellowship is funded by endowments from The Marguerite Sandefer Memorial Cancer Research Fund, The Mrs. Harry C. Wiess Cancer Research Fund, and The Laura and John Arnold Foundation.
Accepting applications beginning October 1
All documents, including the letters of support and three (3) letters of recommendation, are due by the deadline.
Application Deadline: Monday, February 17, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (Central Time)
Notification of Award: Friday, April 3, 2019
Research and Career Proposals Due: Monday, May 11, 2020
Earliest Fellowships Start Date: Monday, July 6, 2020
- 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.
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 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 and processing of appointment paperwork (e.g. visa sponsorship forms, immunization, criminal background check) by the MD Anderson Academic and Visa Administration (AVA). For additional details, read these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of Postdoctoral Applicants.
- Fellows are required to work with a minimum of two mentors with complementary research expertise.
- The primary mentor must have a faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level or higher at MD Anderson.
- 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 Tool.
- Additional mentors may have faculty appointments at other institutions, as long as the aforementioned mentor requirements have been met.