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Diversity Career Development Program

NCI is committed to excellence in science and to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce. The Diversity Career Development Program (DCDP) seeks to empower talented intramural postdoctoral trainees, including but not limited to those from underrepresented groups in biomedical research, to achieve their full potential at NCI.

The DCDP is supported by the NCI Center for Cancer Training, Intramural Diversity Workforce Branch and seeks to provide NCI postdoctoral trainees with the tools necessary to develop as leaders in academic independent research careers. Nominations from underrepresented groups* and individuals with disabilities are highly encouraged.  

Sessions will be held virtually and will provide the tools to help participants:

  • Identifying and celebrating the fellows’ unique talents.
  • Defining priorities in developing independent research careers and in their lives.
  • Building confidence as scientists, leaders, and individuals.
  • Confronting their inner dialogue and limiting beliefs.
  • Setting a vision and goals for an independent research career.
  • Envisioning and building strong relationships and networks.
  • Learning how to have difficult conversations to generate results.

2019 NCI Diversity Career Development Program participants, visiting with Acting NCI Director Dr. Douglas Lowy.

How to apply 

The application cycle is now closed.

Note: Interested postdoctoral fellows (NCI intramural fellows only) should talk to their supervisors about the program, discussing the requirements and their desire to participate. 

Part 1- Application

  • Nominees must complete the application, submit a personal statement (not to exceed one page) detailing interest in the program and an updated CV.

Part 2 - Letter of Support 

  • Once nominees submit their application, the supervisor will be automatically emailed with instructions on how to submit the Letter of Support on nominees' behalf.  Note, applications will not be accepted without the supervisor’s Letter of Support.

Nominations will be carefully evaluated by a selection committee and up to 12 individuals will be invited to participate in the program.


NCI Director Dr. Norman E. Sharpless meets with the 2018 NCI Diversity Career Development Program participants.


NCI then-Acting Director Doug Lowy, M.D. (center), meets with the 2017 Diversity Career Development Program trainees.

*Underrepresented individuals are defined by NIH as individuals shown to be underrepresented in biomedical research: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders

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