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Apply for Fellowships

There are three paths to becoming a fellow in DCEG. We encourage you to explore training opportunities

by completing one, two, or all paths.

  1. Contact potential mentors from among DCEG investigators
  2. Submit your CV to the NCI Future Fellows Database (searched by all NCI investigators seeking fellows)
  3. Browse recruitments posted by investigators seeking trainees for specific projects

1. Contact potential mentors from among DCEG investigators

Identify potential mentors by learning about DCEG investigators and research. Send an email including your CV and a summary of research interests.

  • Browse a list of investigators with their research summaries.
  • Click 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).
  • Use the site search to find investigator bio pages and study descriptions in your research area(s) of interest.
  • 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.

Watch the video below from the NIH Office of Intramural Training and Education for advice on choosing a research mentor.

How to Find an NIH Mentor

Learn how to use the NIH Intramural database to find a mentor at NIH. 

2. Submit your CV to the NCI Future Fellows Database 

DCEG and other NCI investigators regularly search our Future Fellows database for outstanding candidates. Follow the instructions for submitting your CV/resume to the Future Fellows database. Select DCEG from the list of Divisions and Centers.

We also encourage you to explore training opportunities using the links below and contact investigators in your areas of interest to inquire about fellowship opportunities.

3. Browse recruitments posted by investigators seeking trainees for specific projects

Investigators periodically seek to recruit fellows to work on specific projects. These are not our only openings. DCEG scientists are always on the lookout for new trainees. Specific training opportunities are organized by research group: 

Additional Recruitment Programs

We participate in several recruitment programs that match applicants with DCEG investigators and offer mentored research experiences to qualified individuals. Learn more about these programs and their eligibility requirements:

  • 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.
  • The 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.

After You Apply

Learn more about 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. 

Note: 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).

Further: 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.

Learn More About Fellowships at NIH

Visit the NIH Office of Training and Education (OITE) for more information about resources and opportunities for trainees.

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