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NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention Program

Each July and August, the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program hosts the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention. This Program consists of 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 1, 2019 - January 20, 2020


Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course
July 13 - August 7, 2020

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. Participants accepted to this course are expected to submit a two-page Project Concept Paper (PCP) prior to attending the course.  Further details regarding the PCP can be found here.

Molecular Prevention Course
August 10 - 14, 2020

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 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 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.

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Eligibility Requirements

Both 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.


Registration for the 2020 NCI Summer Curriculum is open from November 1, 2019 - January 20, 2020.

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/Recommendation from the director of your institute or department on official letterhead, indicating commitment to research and continued engagement in cancer control activities. Only one Letter of Nomination/Recommendation per applicant will be accepted.
  • Essay (Please answer the following questions. Limit your response to 300 words.)
    • Why do you want to attend the selected courses?
    • What do you hope to gain from the course(s), and how do you plan to use the knowledge you have gained?

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

  • 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.
  • Proof of 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.

Applicants from the Republic of Ireland must apply via the following link:

Applicants from Northern Ireland must apply via the following link:


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 2020 Summer Curriculum. Individuals currently engaged in public health programs, cancer research, and cancer control are encouraged to apply. Partial financial support is available for a limited number of meritorious applicants from low and middle income countries as classified by the World Bank. All applications received from those countries 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.  There is no separate application for funding and it is advised that applicants begin to research their funding options for their stay in the Washington, DC area at the time that they apply. Useful information that may help estimate travel costs can be found in the Summer Curriculum Resource Guide.


Applicants will be notified of their status via email after all materials have been received and reviewed. Notifications will be sent in late March 2020. International applicants will also be notified about their status and funding support, if any, around this time period.

Frequently Asked Questions

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, please click here.


For course content and other general class questions that are not addressed in Frequently Asked Questions above, 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, 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.

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