Center for Cancer Training (CCT)

The mission of the NCI Center for Cancer Training (CCT) is to catalyze the development of a 21st century workforce capable of advancing cancer research through a scientifically integrated approach. This is accomplished by:

  • Coordinating and providing research training and career development activities for fellows and trainees in NCI's laboratories, clinics, and other research groups.
  • Developing, coordinating, and implementing opportunities in support of cancer research training, career development, and education at institutions nationwide.
  • Identifying workforce needs in cancer research and adapting NCI's training and career development programs and funding opportunities to address these needs.

See NCI's Center for Cancer Training Train for the Future brochure.

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) Recognition

NPA Badge

National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) is a member-driven, nonprofit organization that provides a national voice for postdoctoral scholars. Both NCI and NIH are NPA Sustaining Members. In 2015, NCI’s Center for Cancer Training received the NPA Distinguished Service Award. The award recognizes an individual or entity who has contributed to improving the postdoctoral experience. NCI is dedicated to building and training the next generation of cancer researchers.

The three intramural training programs are:

  • NCI's Center for Cancer Training (CCT) Office of Training and Education
    • The CCT Office of Training and Education offers 1- to 5-year Fellowships for individuals pursuing training in the basic sciences in NCI's Center for Cancer Research (CCR).  CCR's investigators are basic, clinical, and translational scientists who work together to advance our knowledge of cancer and AIDS and to develop new therapies against these diseases. There are more than 250 scientists and clinicians working in CCR are organized by complementary interests into 50+ branches and laboratories.
  • NCI's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) Fellowship Office
    • The DCEG Fellowship Office offers 1- to 5-year Fellowships to design, carry out, analyze, and publish research studies related to the etiology of cancer in human populations. Additionally, DCEG Fellows attend courses and workshops on molecular and genetic epidemiology, grant writing, science management, and career development. DCEG Fellows may also receive training in emerging biostatistical areas, including epidemiologic methods, statistical genetics, clinical trials, and risk assessment.
  • NCI's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP)
    • The CPFP is a 4-year program designed to train individuals from a multiplicity of disciplines across the health sciences in the field of cancer prevention and control. The centerpiece of the CPFP is mentored research at the NCI and the program's primary goal is for each Fellow to develop an independent research program in cancer prevention. The CPFP also offers training towards an Masters of Public Health degree at an accredited university during the first year of the Fellowship.

CCT's extramural training programs are administered by:

  • NCI's Cancer Training Branch (CTB)
    • The CTB administers training grants, fellowships, research career development awards, and cancer education grants. These comprise:
      • 10 individual training and career development awards for 1 - 6 years given to individuals working at universities and institutions
      • 4 institutional training awards that provide support for fellows and trainees at those institutions

Researchers at US colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.

More information about CCT extramural training awards

These four programs within the Center for Cancer Training contribute to its mission: to teach the twenty-first century workforce how to take a multi-disciplinary, integrated, approach to cancer research and treatment.

Dr. Jonathan Wiest

CCT Director Interview

Jonathan S. Wiest, Ph.D., Director of NCI's Center for Cancer Training, discusses some of the challenges and opportunities of training the next generation of cancer researchers.

  • Updated: December 21, 2018