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Center for Global Health Fellowship Opportunity

The National Cancer Institute’s Center for Global Health Fellowship Submission Process is Now Closed.   

The Center for Global Health (CGH) supports the NCI mission by advancing global cancer research and coordinating NCI engagement in global cancer control.  CGH implements and advances programs that strengthen NCI’s existing global research portfolio, coordinates and develops research and training initiatives, and establishes and facilitates international research networks and partnerships to decrease the global burden of cancer.  In collaboration with other NCI divisions, offices, centers, and other partners, CGH supports global cancer research and training across a wide range of scientific areas. Visit the CGH website for more information. 

This full-time one-year fellowship is based in Rockville, Maryland.  At the time of this announcement, NCI staff remain on telework status due to the pandemic.  Further updates on plans for a return to the physical workspace will be provided closer to the summer of 2021. It is possible that fellows may begin working virtually as teleworkers before transitioning to the physical workspace. 

The position provides opportunities for training and professional development. Fellows work with NCI staff to develop and implement projects that aim to strengthen cancer research and control globally.  The fellowship includes a capstone research project.  Candidates with an interest in cancer research and control in low- and middle- income countries (LMICs), preferred.   

Position Description

Fellows will support programmatic aspects of CGH’s research funding, training, dissemination, and partnership initiatives.  Depending on CGH needs and the Fellow’s interest and capabilities, fellows may be placed in either the Research and Training Branch or the Partnerships and Dissemination Branch. Some topic areas of programmatic focus include technology and mHealth for cancer control in LMICs, dissemination and implementation science, and behavioral research for cancer prevention.

Day-to-day activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Pursue a mentored research project using available datasets
  • Literature reviews and synthesis of scientific and programmatic content
  • Data and portfolio analyses with contributions to scientific manuscripts, reports, and presentations
  • Plan, execute, and evaluate workshops, sessions, meetings, and webinars
  • Participate in the evaluation of NCI/CGH programs, national cancer control programs, NCI/CGH training programs, partnership, and dissemination programs
  • Partnership development and NCI representative work that would include the development of briefing documents, presentations, and serving as a liaison to specific partners
  • Build networks and communities of practice in specific areas of cancer research
  • Scientific writing in the forms of papers, reports, blogs, presentations, etc.

Additionally, fellows will be required to initiate and develop a capstone project and may have the opportunity to develop and submit a manuscript regarding their project, for publication.

Find more information about CGH programs.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree (or equivalent) awarded in the U.S. or abroad (Applicants who have not yet graduated may apply but will need to have received their degree by the time the fellowship begins.) 
  • Strong organizational, planning, oral, and written communications skills
  • Demonstrated project management skills
  • Effective interpersonal skills

*The fellowship is open to U.S. citizens and permanent residents only.  In order to be approved for logistical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check, using Standard Form-85 (read SF-85). The fellowship is contingent upon clearance of this background investigation.

Application Requirements

  1. Cover letter describing interest in cancer research and control in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), biomedical science interests, career goals, and reasons for applying for the CGH fellowship (500-word limit on the body of letter)
  2. Statement of interest to include responses to the following:
    1. Future education and/or career plans - Indicate the degree you plan to pursue upon completion of your time at NIH and how the fellowship will help you further your career goals. (150 words maximum)
    2. Global health and biomedical science experience - Describe your relevant global health experience (this may include work with disadvantaged or vulnerable populations in high-income countries). (250 words maximum).
    3. Global health and biomedical science areas of interest – List 3 areas of interest within global health. 
    4. Global health and biomedical science coursework - List all global health courses you have completed, are currently taking, or in which you will enroll during your final semester.
  3. Official transcript(s) from all attended colleges and universities – Must be sent directly from the university to the CGH Fellowship email address listed below.   *If the university is unable to email official transcripts, transcripts may be mailed to our physical address below.  In the meantime, it is highly suggested that you pick up, scan a copy, and email the transcript copy to ensure they will be included as part of the application package.  Failure to do so may result in an incomplete application.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  
  4. Two signed letters of recommendation - At least one letter from a global health professional who can speak to your interests and work in this area, is preferred. Must be sent directly from respective recommendation-providers via email to CGH fellowship email address listed below.

Application Deadline and Position Start Date

This fellowship is a one-year, full-time, paid Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) fellowship with a possibility of renewal. The stipends for CRTA fellows are adjusted yearly. The position is located at the NCI Shady Grove campus in Rockville, Maryland. Relocation assistance is not available and relocation costs will not be reimbursed.  Fellowship will begin in the summer of 2021. 

The application deadline is January 29, 2021.  All application materials must be received via email on or before that date. Late or partial applications will NOT be sent to the review committee for consideration. It is the applicant’s responsibility to confirm timely receipt of all materials, including letters of recommendation.  

Application Submission

Application materials must be submitted via email (as indicated for each item above) to CGH.

CGH Fellowship Email Address: (secure email recommended)

Please note that due to the high volume of emails received before the application deadline, responses may take up to 48 hours.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to ensure their application is fully submitted 3-5 business days before the deadline. 

CGH Physical Mailing Address (for official transcripts only): 

NCI Center for Global Health c/o Karen Grady

9609 Medical Center Drive

Mail Stop 9723

Rockville, MD 20850 


Fellowship Application Timeline

  • Call for applications announced in November 2020
  • Applications must be submitted on or before January 29, 2021
  • Applicants will be notified of a decision by March 24, 2021
  • Fellowships for accepted applicants begin in the summer of 2021

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