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How to Apply for DCEG Fellowships

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DCEG fellows are involved in every aspect of our research, they publish in respected journals, and are recognized with grants, research, and other awards. Our fellows have gone on to lead research at NCI, NIH, and institutions around the world.

Step 1: Submit Your Application

To be considered for a DCEG fellowship, all candidates must submit an application before starting step 2. DCEG and other NCI investigators regularly search applications for outstanding candidates. 

Learn about our commitment to diversity and inclusion and read our Inclusivity Minute blog

Step 2: Contact Potential Mentors 

DCEG's Commitment to Training

Once your application is submitted you should contact our principal investigators to describe your common research interests and share your CV. There are multiple ways to find a mentor: 

  • Browse a list of investigators with their research summaries
  • Search through Our Research to find studies by malignancy, exposure, or research approach; each study description includes the name and contact information for the lead investigator(s)
  • Scroll through About DCEG to see branch and laboratory pages
  • Explore our cross-cutting, interdisciplinary working groups to find research on health disparities and other cross-cutting topics

Step 3: Browse Openings for Specific Research Projects

DCEG scientists are looking for fellows to work on specific research projects. Browse our available positions. 

Additional Paths to Become a DCEG Fellow

You can apply through these programs to become a DCEG fellow. 

  • iCURE (Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences) provides fellowship opportunities for postbaccalaureate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral fellows. Learn more about iCURE.
  • Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) is a multidisciplinary postdoctoral program that trains future leaders in the field of cancer prevention and control. Learn more about CPFP.
  • NCI Clinical Investigator Development Program (CIDP) is a highly competitive opportunity for clinically-focused physicians dedicated to laboratory bench-to-bedside or clinic-based research. Learn more about CIDP.

Information for All Applicants

We encourage you to explore the advantages of being a DCEG fellow, including our distinctive research environment, mentorship, professional development, compensation and benefits, and commitment to diversity and inclusion.


  • If you are invited to interview, you may be asked to visit our offices and/or laboratories to meet with investigators and current fellows.
  • In order to be approved for logistical and physical access to NIH facilities and systems, candidates must be able to pass a federal background check using Standard Form-85 (SF-85).
    • Section 14 of the form asks, "In the last year, have you used, possessed, supplied, or manufactured illegal drugs?" The question pertains to the illegal use of drugs for controlled substances in accordance with Federal laws, even though permissible under state laws.

Contacts and Support

Staff in the DCEG Office of Education can assist with any questions. Contact us via e-mail or telephone (240) 276-7270.