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Application Process

Getting Started

Before applying for a fellowship in DCEG, take a look at what our current fellows are doing, and explore the training opportunities in our research areas. 

How to Apply

Fellowship applications are accepted on an ongoing basis for flexible start dates. To apply:

          1.  Complete the online Summary Application Form.        

          2.  Submit the following documents to ncidceged-r@mail.nih.gov:

    • Curriculum vitae (CV) and bibliography.
    • Cover letter describing areas of research interest.
    • Three letters of recommendation (Note: applicants may send referees' names initially, after which letters will be requested if interviewed. Letters may be sent via e-mail attachment.)

Once you submit your summary application form, cover letter, and CV, your summary application will be made available to Division investigators. You can obtain information about the program and access the summary application form on the Become a Fellow page.

Approximate Timeline

  • Summary applications are circulated division-wide every 2-4 weeks
  • Investigators review summary applications for up to 2-3 weeks
  • If interested, the investigators will request that your letters of recommendation be sent and that an interview be scheduled.
  • Interviews are typically scheduled approximately 4-6 weeks after the application is circulated. An investigator may arrange to speak to an applicant and/or the referees by phone before determining whether to schedule a full interview.

Interview Process

  • Fellowship candidates may be asked to come to the division offices or laboratory to meet with investigators. Travel, one-night hotel accommodation, taxis, and meal expenses are covered for out-of-town applicants.
  • Postdoctoral applicants will be asked to give a talk (approximately 45 minutes with 15 minutes for discussion) on their current research and describe areas of interest for their future research.
  • Candidates may also meet with individual investigators and current fellows.
  • Decisions to make a fellowship offer are usually made within 2-3 weeks of the interview.
    • Offer letter, with the stipend level are sent to the candidate, via email.
    • Stipend levels are set under the Cancer Research Training Award policy, based on degrees and experience.

Mentor and Research Topic Selection

  • Selecting a mentor – To become a fellow, a mentoring match must be formed with a scientist who has mutual research interests, appropriate research data and projects, and has the time to mentor.
  • Explore research interests – A list of current research for all division senior and tenure-track investigators, with a link to contact information, may be found on: Current Research – Principal Investigators. Prospective fellows are encouraged to explore the DCEG web site to learn about research being conducted.
  • Research mentoring – Fellows have a primary mentor in their home branch. Once established, fellows may also work with secondary mentors in the branch or throughout the division on other projects of interest, at the discretion of the primary mentor. Some branches have mentoring committees for their fellows, comprised of 3-4 branch and division scientists to help guide the fellow’s scientific and career progress.

Relocating

DCEG is close to all of the cultural and educational resources of the Washington, D.C. area.  Our branch offices are located a few miles north of the main NIH campus in Rockville, Maryland and our laboratory is located in Gaithersburg, Maryland. 

Important resources for relocating to the Washington, DC area:

These publications offer valuable information about housing, banking, child care resources, and other information that is needed when settling into a new area and learning about NIH policies and procedures. The Office of Training and Education is happy to assist with any questions you may have about moving to the Washington D.C. metropolitan area.

NIH Fellows Handbook

The three handbooks below provide an introduction to NIH, an orientation to some area services, and information specific to your fellowship program.

Inquiries

E-mail: ncidceged-r@mail.nih.gov
Telephone: 240-276-7270