NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention Program

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The National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention offers two courses over a five-week period designed to engage participants in an interactive training experience, providing a thorough knowledge about cancer prevention and control.    

Application call: November 15, 2018 - February 1, 2019


Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course
July 8 - August 2, 2019

This four-week summer course provides specialized instruction in the principles and practice of cancer prevention and control. Participants will gain a broad-based perspective on concepts, issues, and applications related to this field.

Molecular Prevention Course
August 5 - 9, 2019

This one-week course on the molecular aspects of cancer prevention follows the Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control course. It provides a strong background in molecular biology and genetics of cancer and an overview of cutting-edge research and techniques in the fields of molecular epidemiology, biomarkers, multi-omic, and translational research.

Lectures for both courses are usually scheduled Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. (occasionally lecture times will vary).

The faculty for both courses consists of experts from the NIH, NCI, other government agencies, universities, cancer centers, and public and private organizations.

For more information on the impacts of these courses, please see the following articles:

Eligibility Requirements

All courses are open to physicians, scientists, other health professionals, fellows, and students who have an interest in cancer prevention and control. A background in epidemiology, biostatistics, or cancer biology are helpful but not required. Preference is given to individuals with a doctoral degree, to those with relevant experience in cancer prevention and control, and those who have not previously participated in the Summer Curriculum.


Registartion to the CPFP Summer Curriculum in currently CLOSED. The application period for 2019 classes will open on November 15, 2018.

THERE IS NO COST TO REGISTER OR ATTEND EITHER COURSE. Please see the "Funding" section below for more information.

To register, you must complete an application. For All Applicants, the application requires that you provide the following documentation:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of nomination from the director of your institute or department on official letterhead

For international applicants, the application requires that you provide the following additional documentation:

  • Essay: "How do you plan to use the knowledge gained from the Curriculum when you return to your home country?" Limit your response to 300 words and include the essay in your CV.
  • Copy of Your Academic Diploma: Submit a copy of the official diploma for your most advanced degree (such as MD, Ph.D., MPH or equivalent), with English translation if necessary. Academic transcripts and/or fellowship certificates for medical specialties will not be accepted as a substitute for this copy of your official diploma.
  • English Proficiency: Submit one of the following documents: 1) a copy of your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score, 2) a letter written by the director of your institute or department to confirm your English proficiency, or 3) a copy of your academic transcript confirming your completion of an English course.


Domestic Applicants: There is NO funding for domestic applicants. Room, board, and transportation expenses (including parking) are the responsibility of the participant.

International Applicants: The NCI's Center for Global Health welcomes international applicants for the 2019 Summer Curriculum. Individuals currently engaged in public health programs, cancer research, and cancer control are encouraged to apply. While there are no formal eligibility criteria for the courses, all applications will undergo a merit-based review and selection based on level of education, relevant experience in cancer prevention and control, and the written essay provided in the application. Please note that only a limited amount of financial support is available for selected, meritorious applications from low and middle income countries as classified by the World Bank. Therefore, it is advised that applicants try to secure their own funding for travel as soon as they decide to apply. Applicants must include letters of support from home institutions, academic or ministerial, indicating commitment to research and continued engagement in cancer control activities.

On October 1999, government representatives from the United States, Ireland, and Northern Ireland signed a Memorandum of Understanding to reduce cancer incidence and mortality on the island of Ireland (which has among the highest rates of cancer in Europe) through cross-border and transatlantic collaborations in cancer research and education. To learn more about the All-Ireland NCI Cancer Consortium and view funding opportunities available through the Ministries of Health of Ireland and Northern Ireland, visit


Applicants will be notified of their status via email after all materials have been received and reviewed. Notifications will be sent on March 19, 2018. International applicants will also be notified about their status and funding support, if any, around this time period.


For course content and other general class questions, please contact:
Summer Curriculum Coordinator
Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program
National Cancer Institute, NIH
9609 Medical Center Drive
Room 2W-136 MSC 9712
Bethesda, MD 20892-9712
Phone: 240-276-5626
Fax: 240-276-7883

International applicants with questions regarding visas or funding, please contact:
Center for Global Health
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive
Room 3W558, MSC 9723
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: (+1) 240-276-5810
Fax: (+1) 240-276-5809

If you are a person with a disability and require any assistive device, services, or other reasonable accommodation to participate in these activities, please contact the CPFP Office at 240-276-5626 at least one week in advance of the lecture date to discuss your needs.

  • Posted: February 3, 2016