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Cancer Prevention Fellowship Programme 2012
Training / Career Development
Opening Date:
12 July 2012
Closing Date:
25 August 2012

The Health Research Board and Irish Cancer Society are pleased to announce a joint call for applications for individuals working in Ireland to apply to become an NCI Cancer Prevention Fellow, under the auspices of the Ireland-Northern Ireland /NCI Cancer Consortium. It is intended that individuals applying from Ireland will pursue careers in cancer prevention in Ireland upon completion of the fellowship. Applications are due on 25 August 2012 for entry into the Programme the following June.

The prestigious National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship Programme provides training for post-doctorate candidates from the health professions, biomedical, and behavioural sciences to become leaders in the field of cancer prevention and control. The program provides M.P.H. training in Ireland or Northern Ireland (year 1), the Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention, and mentored research at the NCI (years 2-4). If an applicant already possesses an M.P.H. degree and a primary degree in a health-related discipline, or a PhD in epidemiology or biostatistics, the fellowship will typically begin directly at the NCI (years 1-3). Successful applicants from Ireland are also provided with the opportunity to apply for a fifth year of funding to facilitate their return to Ireland to progress their independent research career.

What will I get out of the programme?

  • Masters of public health (M.P.H) degree
  • Participation in the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention
  • Mentored research opportunities at the NCI
  • Professional development and leadership training
  • Funding to enable you to return to Ireland and progress your research career

Am I eligible?

To be considered for the CPFP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1. Doctoral degree

  • You must possess a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD, or equivalent) or expect to complete the degree requirements by the start date of the fellowship, June 2013.
  • Your doctoral degree must be in a related discipline (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical services, laboratory, nutritional, or social and behavioural sciences).
  • Foreign education must be comparable to that received in the United States.

2. Prior postdoctoral experience

  • You must have less than five years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment.

3. Citizenship

  • Be an Irish citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or a citizen of the European Union (EU) currently employed in the Republic of Ireland. Proof of citizenship (birth certificate or passport) and proof of employment in Ireland is required.

How do I apply?

Applications can be made using the NCI online application system. Please find the link to the website at the bottom of the page. The application website is open from 1 May 2011 until 25 August 2012.

Applicants from Ireland must contact the Health Research Board first to ensure that eligibility criteria are satisfied. Applicants should allow sufficient time to obtain an official tracking number from the HRB and submit their application prior to the August 25 2012 application deadline


The Consortium will provide funds to attend an interview at NCI, if invited; M.P.H. training in Ireland/Northern Ireland; stipend; move to the U.S. and return; health insurance; and one scientific meeting per year while at the NCI.

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