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Research Training Opportunities in Nutritional Epidemiology


Research in the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) emphasizes:

  • etiologic studies of specific cancer sites, including esophagus, stomach, colorectum, pancreas, liver and prostate;
  • substantive investigations of individual nutrients, nonnutritive food constituents, food groups;
  • integrative studies of multifactorial nutritional exposures, such as dietary patterns and glycemic load;
  • energy balance studies, including those focusing on body size and physical activity studies;
  • molecular epidemiologic studies to investigate genetic and hormonal interactions in nutrition-related cancer;
  • improving exposure assessment tools, including questionnaires, databases and biomarkers; and
  • issues of dietary measurement error.

NEB is interdisciplinary and collaborates regularly with extramural investigators in the U.S. and abroad. Fellows select a primary mentor who helps guide them through their training experience. In addition, a committee of senior investigators from NEB and the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) is established for each fellow and meets twice a year to review the fellow's research and progress and to provide both scientific and career guidance. Fellows may work with multiple researchers on a variety of projects, conduct studies independently, participate in all NEB activities, and attend scientific conferences. Applications for fellowships in the NEB are accepted on a continuous basis. 

To discuss potential opportunities in your area of research interest, you may contact branch investigators directly. Meet fellows in the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch.


Postdoctoral fellowships: To be eligible, applicants must have an M.D. or doctoral degree in nutrition, epidemiology, biostatistics, genetics, or other related research fields, or be pursuing a degree in one of these areas.

Predoctoral fellowships: Individuals must be enrolled in a doctoral program with the desire to complete their dissertation in NEB or have completed a master's degree in a field of relevance to NEB.

Application Process

Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship applications in the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch are accepted on an ongoing basis. See the Fellowship Information page for an overview, qualifications, and application details. Branch-specific opportunities are listed below.

Training Opportunities with Specific Investigators

The DHHS and NIH are Equal Opportunity Employers.