CGH Short Term Scientist Exchange Program (STSEP)

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The Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program (STSEP) promotes collaborative research between researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and scientists from low-, middle-, and upper-middle income countries. The program's objective is to facilitate scientific interactions between non-U.S. scientists with researchers at NCI.

The NCI Center for Global Health (CGH), and the host - Division, Office, or Center within NCI, will defray the cost of the fellowship; however the STSEP program uses a collaborative funding mechanism and applicants are strongly encouraged to seek support from their home institution. Applications are accepted throughout the year, and collaborative research visits vary in duration from one week to six months.

STSEP provides a subsistence allowance consistent with NIH exchange scientist guidelines. The program does not provide health insurance coverage for awardees.

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must have a Ph.D., M.D., or a certified equivalent degree, a minimum of one year postdoctoral experience in cancer research, and an invitation from a qualified host. Awards are limited to visits of six months or less, and cannot be renewed or extended.

Application Procedure

The applicant must submit the following:

  1. A letter from participant providing a detailed description of the collaborative research project, tentative dates for the visit, and a description of the added value from the exchange.
  2. A copy of current curriculum vitae.
  3. A letter of support from the home institution stating the candidate’s participation in STSEP and the conditions of employment for the candidate subsequent to the STSEP period. This letter can also state the nature of any travel costs, and/or other costs that will be provided by the home institution to help applicant defray costs of participation in STSEP and living in the United States during the course of STSEP.
  4. Three letters of reference.
  5. A letter of invitation from the prospective host NCI intramural laboratory, division, office, or center that includes a description of the collaborative research work to be undertaken, objectives to be accomplished, tentative dates for the visit, and a description of the added value from the exchange.
  6. Copies of degrees in original language and copies of English translations of those degrees.
  7. Non-U.S. candidates who have been accepted into the program will receive a letter with which to apply for a visa at the American Embassy or Consulate in their home country. Change of sponsor will, in general, not be permitted once an award has been made.

Identifying a Sponsor for STSEP

The STSEP requires that the applicant identify and obtain an invitation from a host within a NCI Division, Office, or Center. Information on research at NCI is available at



Vidya Vedham Center for Global Health National Cancer Institute 9609 Medical Center Drive Room 3W520 Bethesda, MD 20892-9760 Phone: +1 (240) 276-7272 Fax: +1 (240) 276-5820 E-mail:
  • Updated: February 26, 2016