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Center for Global Health Fellowship Opportunities

OMB No.: 0925-0761

Expiration Date: 07/31/2022

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NCI's Center for Global Health invites applications from qualified candidates for the following fellowship opportunities.

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. 

These full-time, one-year fellowships are based in Rockville, MD. 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 2022. It is possible that fellows may begin working virtually as teleworkers before transitioning to the physical workspace. 

The positions provide 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. Candidates with an interest in cancer research and control in low- and middle-income countries preferred.   

Post-Bachelor Fellowship

Position Description

Fellows will support programmatic aspects of CGH’s research funding, training, dissemination, and partnership initiatives. Depending on CGH needs and 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 low- and middle-income countries, dissemination and implementation science, and behavioral research for cancer prevention. Convening activities may include the Annual Symposium on Global Cancer Research, the Global Cancer Research and Control Seminar Series, and technology-enabled knowledge exchange networks via Project ECHO. Additional aspects of CGH’s work include data and evaluation and exploratory work in support of new initiatives.

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

  • a mentored research project using available data sets
  • 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 data analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of NCI/CGH programs, sub-analyses of national cancer control plans, NCI/CGH training programs, partnership and dissemination programs
  • partnership development and NCI representative work that would include 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. 
  • participation in the NCI-wide fellow-led Global Health Interest Group activities

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. 

Qualifications

  • bachelor’s or master’s degree (or equivalent) awarded in the United States 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 US citizens and permanent residents only. In order to be approved for logistical and physical access to National Institutes of Health 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 the clearance of this background investigation.

Postdoctoral Fellowship

Position Description

The postdoctoral Cancer Research Training Awards (CRTA) fellow will function as part of a multidisciplinary team of federal staff, contractors, and external scientists who plan and implement global cancer research and training activities. 

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

  • pursue mentored research projects in global cancer implementation science
  • 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
  • write scientific content for federal and other audiences
  • participate in team meetings
  • attend seminars and other training opportunities

The fellow is encouraged to initiate projects that align with CGH’s goals. With prior approval, opportunities may exist for attending national scientific conferences to attend or present findings.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in a relevant discipline 
  • exemplary ability and experience in writing for scientific audiences
  • experience conducting research or serving as a research assistant on a scientific project
  • data management and/or analysis skills
  • strong organizational, planning, oral, and written communications skills 
  • effective interpersonal skills

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

Application Requirements: Post-Bachelor and Postdoctoral

  • Cover letter describing interest in cancer research and control in low- and middle-income countries, biomedical science interests, career goals, and reasons for applying for the CGH fellowship (500-word limit on the body of letter)
  • Official transcript(s) from all attended colleges and universities. Must be sent directly from the university to CGH Fellowship physical address listed below. 
  • 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 (preferred) or mail to CGH fellowship physical address listed below.
  • 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. 

Application Deadline and Position Start Date

These fellowships are one-year, full-time, paid Cancer Research Training Awards (CRTA) with the possibility of renewal. The stipends for CRTA fellows are adjusted yearly. The positions are located at the NCI Shady Grove campus in Rockville, MD. Relocation assistance is not available and relocation costs will not be reimbursed. Fellowships will begin in the summer of 2022.  

The application deadline is February 25, 2022. All application materials must be received 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

CGH Fellowship Email Address
CGHFellowship@mail.nih.gov (secure email recommended) 

Application materials should be submitted via secure email (preferred) to CGHFellowship@mail.nih.gov with Ms. Dimetria Bumbaugh (dimetria.branchbumbaugh@nih.gov) copied on the cc line of the email. 

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 Fellowship Address (for official transcripts)

NCI Center for Global Health c/o Cathy Muha
9609 Medical Center Drive 
Mail Stop 9723 
Rockville, MD 20850

Fellowship Application Timeline 

  • call for applications announced in January 2022
  • applications must be submitted on or before February 25, 2022
  • applicants will be notified of a decision by April 28, 2022
  • fellowships for accepted applicants begin in the summer of 2022

Please email CGHFellowship@mail.nih.gov for questions.  

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