NCI-HRB Cancer Prevention Fellowships Programme 2020 (Next call in May 2020)

This prestigious Fellowship Programme at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the USA provides training for individuals at postdoctoral stage from the health professions, biomedical, and behavioural sciences to become leaders in the field of cancer prevention and control.

This call is under the auspices of the Ireland-Northern Ireland-NCI Cancer Consortium. The Health Research Board (HRB) is pleased to invite applications from individuals working in RoI to become a Cancer Prevention Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the USA. Founded in 1987, the National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) provides outstanding opportunities for cutting-edge research in the basic, quantitative, social, and behavioral sciences, and in clinical cancer prevention. 

Mentored research is the centerpiece of the CPFP.  The fellows work in areas including biomarker development, chemoprevention, bioengineering, epidemiology, health communication, health disparities, health services research, implementation science, informatics and big data, laboratory-based research, nutrition, screening and early detection, statistical methodology, and more.

Applications are due on 19 August 2019 for entry into the Programme in June 2020. It is expected that individuals applying from the Republic of Ireland intend to pursue careers in cancer prevention in Ireland after completion of the fellowship. Reintegration funding for one year to take up a research post in RoI is available.




Scheme at a glance

Career stage
  • Mid career
Research area
  • Health services research
  • Patient-oriented and clinical research
  • Population health research
Funding available Up to €200,000 per award from the HRB, plus additional funding for three years in US from the National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Duration of funding 48–60 months

Additional Information

Awards are for up to five years, and are structured as follows:

Year 1: Completion of a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) in Ireland. If an applicant already has an MPH 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 2–4: Attendance at the Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention at the NCI in summer 2021, and mentored research at the NCI.

Year 5: Cancer Prevention Fellows have the opportunity to apply for a fifth year of funding to facilitate their return to Ireland to progress their independent research careers and reintegrate into Ireland.

The HRB will provide funds for short-listed applicants to attend for interview at the NCI, if invited.

Applicants selected for the Fellowship Programme will receive funding for:

Registration fee costs for M.P.H. training in Year 1; Salary-related costs in Year 1; Travel and relocation costs for the mobility phase (Years 2-4); salary-related costs and research costs while at NCI (Years 2-4); Support for attending scientific conferences (Years 2-4); Re-integration grant to facilitate return to a research post in RoI (Year 5).



Applicants must meet the following eligibility requirements:

1. Doctoral degree

  • You must have a doctoral degree (MD, PhD or equivalent) or expect to complete the degree requirements by the start date of the fellowship June 2020.
  • 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 USA.

2. Prior postdoctoral experience

  • You must have less than five years’ relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of taking up the appointment at the NCI, typically June 2021, or June 2020 if you don’t need to undertake a MPH degree.

3. Citizenship

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



Applications can be made using the NCI online application system. Please find the link on the right-hand side of this page. The application website is open until 19 August 2019.

Applicants from Republic of 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 19 August 2019 application deadline.

The application must have been reviewed and approved by the signatory approver at the research office (or equivalent) in the host institution before it is submitted. Therefore, applicants should ensure that they give the signatory approver sufficient time before the scheme closing date to review the application and approve. Please note that many host institutions specify internal deadlines for this procedure.

Application opens:  May 1, 2019
Application deadline:  August 19, 2019
Supporting documentation deadline:  August 26, 2019 11:59PM EDT
Appointment starts:  June 2020


Dr Annalisa Montesanti
Programme Manager, Pre Award
Email: amontesanti(at)
Tel: +353 1 234 5208

Opening date
12:00 01-05-2019
Closing date
23:59 19-08-2019
September 2019
October 2019
Decision expected
November 2019
Next call expected
May 2020