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Staff Scientists and Staff Clinicians Career Enrichment Program (SCEP)

The NCI Staff Scientists and Staff Clinicians Career Enrichment Program (SCEP) offers specific tools and skills, targeted to Staff Scientists and Staff Clinicians. The SCEP is an application-based process and selected candidates are invited to participate.

The SCEP candidates will be able to reflect on their own career trajectory and master strategies to network, develop mentoring partnerships and be efficient at work. With the guidance of coaching experts and workshops, participants will learn about preferable work behaviors to be empowered to create a productive and fulfilling environment. The SCEP requires participants to secure a mentor for the 6-month duration of the program and to meet with them for at least 1 hour monthly. Tips and guidance on how to find a compatible mentor are presented during the initial orientation session in January.

The Enrichment Program is for you if:

  • You are an SS/SC interested in a continuing education. You can include the SCEP in your next Quad Review.
  • You are interested in developing more leadership skills.
  • You are a core manager and would like to learn more about managerial skills.
  • You are looking for more fulfillment in your current position.
  • You want to learn about other aspects of the scientific enterprise at NCI.

How to Apply

Application package will include your most recent CV and a one page Letter of Intent (LOI).  LOI should include your goals and expectations for the program, along with a statement indicating your commitment to participate in all activities if you are accepted into SCEP.

If you are a junior SS/SC (within two years of becoming a SS/SC), you may also be interested in the CCR SS/SC Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program (PPMP).  It’s a new resource for those who seek mentoring, support, advice, and constructive criticism from other SS/SC who serve as mentors. 

Applications are now CLOSED

Program Agenda

All times listed below in ET.

Date Subject Who Location Time
January 11 Orientation CCT/OWPD Virtual 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
January 25 Individual Development Plan (IDP) OWPD Virtual 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.
February Mentoring assignments CCT    
Feb/March Individual Career Advising Intakes OWPD Register  
February 8 DiSC Assessment OWPD Virtual 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
March 7 Developmental assignment CCT Virtual 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
April 8-12 Job Searching Skills Workshop CCT Virtual 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
May  Mid point check in CCT Shady Grove Individually selected
May 9 Career Skill Advising Orientation OWPD Virtual 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
May 16 Alumni Panel CCT Shady Grove 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. 
June Learning assignment w/ partner CCT   TBD
June 13 Career Skills Advising session OWPD Virtual 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
June 20 Career Skills Advising session OWPD Virtual 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
June 28 Graduation OWPD/CCT Shady Grove 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.


Please contact Erika Ginsburg at

Related Resources

SSSC Technical Enrichment Program (STEP) is hosted by the CCR’s Office of Science and Technology Services.  STEP was established to provide staff scientists and staff clinicians an opportunity to compete for funding to gain access to comprehensive training in state-of-the-art techniques available through CCR Cores and Facilities.  For more program information, please contact Cynthia Masison.

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