Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

The All Ireland Cancer Consortium (AICC) has promoted a collaboration between CGH and the Health Research Board (HRB), and Irish Cancer Society. In an effort to promote careers in cancer prevention in Ireland, these organizations work together with the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) to award fellowships to qualified scientists from Ireland and Northern Ireland. CPFP is part of the Center for Cancer Training (CCT), under the NCI Office of the Director. 

The program provides the opportunity to obtain a Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree in Ireland or Northern Ireland in the first year, 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.

The Consortium provides 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 funds the fellow's stipend, medical insurance, research, and travel and training costs, in accordance with current CPFP policies.

Applicant Guidelines and Requirements

Interested individuals must demonstrate the benefits of the award in terms of research and career advancement as well as meet the following qualifications in order to apply:

Doctoral Degree

  • 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, June 2014
  • 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

Citizenship and Visas

  • 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
  • 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.

Applications for the 2014 CPFP program will be open from May 1 – August 25.

How to Apply

Applications should be completed through the online application form. Before you complete and submit your online application, applicants must first contact the HRB to establish proof of eligibility and obtain an official tracking number to proceed with their online application. Once you have received the tracking number, you may proceed with the NCI online application.

Please allow sufficient time to obtain confirmation of eligibility and complete the online application prior to the deadline.

To contact the HRB:

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
Email: or

  • Posted: June 23, 2014