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NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

Through the Consortium, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has partnered with Ireland and Northern Ireland to develop clinical and research capacity for cancer prevention on the island of Ireland. Under the auspices of AICC, the Center for Global Health (CGH) at NCI collaborates with the Health Research Board (HRB), Irish Cancer Society, and the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) to award fellowships to the CPFP to qualified scientists from Ireland or Northern Ireland. It is intended that fellows will pursue careers in cancer prevention on the island of Ireland upon completion of the program. The CPFP is part of the Center for Cancer Training (CCT), which is under the NCI Office of the Director.

How are the fellowships structured?

The program provides the opportunity to obtain a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in Ireland or Northern Ireland in year one, followed by three years of mentored research in the NCI's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program in Bethesda, Maryland. Fellows may apply for a fifth year of research funding to facilitate their return to the island of Ireland to set up independent research in collaboration with an established mentor.

Who should apply?

Interested individuals must meet the following qualifications in order to apply.

  • Possess a doctoral degree (M.D., Ph.D., J.D., or equivalent) or expect to complete the degree requirements by the start date of the fellowship. If the applicant already possesses an M.P.H. degree and a primary degree in a health-related discipline, or if the applicant possesses a Ph.D. in epidemiology or biostatistics, he or she can begin the fellowship directly at NCI for four years.
  • Provide proof of Ireland/Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, or European Union citizenship (birth certificate or passport) and proof of employment in Ireland. Applicants who are not citizens of Ireland/Northern Ireland, the UK, or the EU must be able to provide a copy of their work permit and details of current employment in Ireland.
  • Demonstrate the benefits of the award in terms of research and career advancement.
  • Qualify for eligibility to obtain a visa to work for three years in the United States from the relevant U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that he or she will be able to satisfy the visa requirements before submitting an application.

CPFP applications must be sent directly to NCI through an online application form. However, applicants must first contact the HRB (contacts listed in the last section below) to establish proof of eligibility and obtain an official tracking number to proceed with their online application. Once applicants have received their official tracking number, they may proceed with the NCI online application. Applicants should ensure that they allow sufficient time to obtain confirmation of eligibility and complete the online application prior to the deadline.

What does the fellowship include?

The Consortium will provide funding for the first phase of the program, including a salary at the appropriate level based on national post-doctoral salary scales, M.P.H. costs, and travel. In the second through fourth years, NCI will fund the fellow's stipend, medical insurance, research, and travel and training costs, in accordance with current CPFP policies. Fellows may apply for a fifth year of research funding to facilitate their return to Ireland or Northern Ireland through independent research in collaboration with an established mentor.

What is the deadline for applications?

Applications for the 2014 CPFP program will be open from May 1, 2013 to August 25, 2013. Applications can be completed online at

Where can I get more information about this programme?

Please visit or contact the appropriate Consortium representative:

Program Coordinator
Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program
National Cancer Institute
6120 Executive Blvd. (EPS) Suite 150E, MSC 7105
Bethesda, MD 20892-7105
Telephone: (301) 496-8640
Fax: (301) 480-2669

For more information, you may also contact Maura O'Riordan, NCI Center for Global Health, at