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Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA)

The National Cancer Institute's Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) is an NCI-specific fellowship award program establishing an "umbrella" appointment mechanism with uniform provisions and a streamlined application process for the diverse training fellowship programs supported throughout NCI’s Divisions, Offices and Centers. CRTA Fellows must be U.S. citizens or resident aliens.

Policies and Stipend Tables

View or download full manual of NCI CRTA program policies and current stipend tables (PDF).

NOTE: In order to be approved for logistical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a Federal background check using Standard Form-85 (read-SF-85).  Section 14 of the Form asks, "in the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?" The questions pertain to the illegal use of drugs or controlled substances in accordance with Federal laws, even though permissible under state laws.  Federal laws supersede all state laws. 

Visiting Fellows

Non-citizens may be appointed through the NIH Visiting Fellow Program (VFP), which is administered by the NIH Division of International Services (DIS). Although the NCI Visiting Fellows and CRTA Fellows are participating in separate fellowships with distinct policies, NCI is responsible for processing all financial actions related to NCI Visiting Fellowship awards, and uses the CRTA stipend categories to determine the stipend amounts for NCI Visiting Fellows.

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