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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

Become a Fellow

In DCEG, one of our top priorities is the training and development of the next generation of scientists in cancer epidemiology and related fields. The Division currently has over 100 trainees, including postdoctoral, graduate, master and postbaccalaureate level fellows.

Why Become a DCEG Fellow?

DCEG champions innovative opportunities for fellows to obtain integrated scientific and career training. DCEG fellows:

Jackie Lavigne Discusses Job Opportunities in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics for the SACNAS Conference

  • Are involved in every stage of research – DCEG fellows design, carry out, analyze and publish population, family, health disparities and genetic/genomic studies.
  • Expand their scientific skills – Trainees receive mentoring and gain experience in study design, novel analytic techniques, genomics and informatics.
  • Have robust opportunities for professional development – The Division offers workshops to build skills in molecular epidemiology, science management, grant writing, scientific presentation, mentoring, and other professional communication and networking opportunities. DCEG fellows are also encouraged to participate in a range of fellow-initiated activities.
  • Receive competitive stipends – Fellows also receive an array of benefits, such as health insurance, loan deferments (postdoctoral trainees) and tuition reimbursement (graduate trainees).

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DCEG: Uncovering the causes of cancer, training future researchers

Researchers in the NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) investigate the causes of cancer at the population level. Together with their trainees, our experts pair genetic and genomic studies of common and rare malignancies with classical epidemiological approaches. We utilize cutting-edge technology for large-scale processing of biological samples that yield data rich with clues to etiologic patterns. Families with rare inherited cancer syndromes, such as Li-Fraumeni syndrome, participate in DCEG clinical studies. Their contributions to research allow us to advance our understanding of genetic and modifiable factors in disease risk, and to generate cancer screening or prevention techniques for these unique populations.

Watch our scientists discussing aspects of DCEG research in interviews done in conjunction with the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG).

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Awards, Spotlights, and Milestones


The DCEG Office of Training and Education oversees the Division’s fellowship programs. E-mail or call (240) 276-7270 if you have additional questions.


NIH training programs welcome applications from all qualified individuals. The NIH does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, age, genetic make-up, gender identity, or sexual orientation.