The MD Anderson Cancer Center CPRIT Research Training Program provides fundamental, interdisciplinary, and innovative training in cancer research at MD Anderson. This program is the continuation of a highly successful and comprehensive training program supported by the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas. The program includes three tracks: the CPRIT TRIUMPH (Translational Research in Multidisciplinary Programs) post-doctoral, CPRIT Graduate Scholar, and CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Research Programs.
The CPRIT Graduate Scholar Program is designed for post-candidacy graduate students attending the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School under the direct mentorship of MD Anderson Cancer Center appointed faculty. Awarded annually, this competitive award provides tuition, stipend, and fringe benefits to recipients as well as a modest travel allowance. CPRIT Graduate Scholars also receive additional training and support through the program.
The application period for the 2022-2023 academic year program has now passed. Please check back in the spring of 2023 for information on the 2023-2024 program.
The MD Anderson CPRIT Research Training Program will support nine CPRIT Graduate Scholars per year. The funds will cover graduate student tuition, stipends, fringe benefits, and provide a modest travel allowance. CPRIT Graduate Scholars will be appointed for one year with competitive renewal option for up to three years. Renewals will be dependent upon successful academic and research progress, participation in activities related to the CPRIT Graduate Scholar Training Program (e.g., an annual CPRIT Symposium, journal club meetings), and competition with new applicants.
Post-candidacy Ph.D. students affiliated with MD Anderson graduate (GSBS) faculty are eligible for the CPRIT Graduate Scholar Award. Successful candidates will have a competitive cancer research project and be directly supervised or co-mentored by a CPRIT Graduate Scholar Faculty Member.
Applications will be limited to one per laboratory for each funding announcement cycle. While all students affiliated with MD Anderson graduate (GSBS) faculty member laboratories are eligible, the faculty member must nominate only one per his/her laboratory per funding announcement.
MD Anderson students who are directly supervised by CPRIT Graduate Scholar faculty members (list attached) have the option to choose a co-mentor from the training grant faculty.
MD Anderson students who are supervised by other faculty have equal opportunity to receive a CPRIT Graduate Scholar Award. In these cases, the applicant must select a co-mentor from the CPRIT Graduate Scholar Training faculty to serve as a member of his/her advisory committee. In this case, the co-mentor should provide a letter of recommendation stating his/her commitment to serving as CPRIT Graduate Scholar co-mentor.
The application period for the 2022-2023 academic year program has now passed and we are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in the spring of 2023 for information on the 2023-2024 program.
Professor, Department of Immunology
PI and Director of Graduate Scholar Program, CPRIT Research Training Grant
Professor, Experimental Radiation Oncology
PI and Co-Director of CPRIT Graduate Scholar Program, CPRIT Research Training Grant
Program Contact Information
Please reach out to Dr. Kara Lewis (email@example.com) with any questions. You may also contact Dr. Stephanie Watowich (photo) Program Director for the CPRIT Graduate Scholar Program at MD Anderson with any scientific/programmatic questions.
Stephanie Watowich, Ph.D.