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Discovering the causes of cancer and the means of prevention

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

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How the Process Works

Fellowship applications are accepted on an ongoing basis with flexible start dates. Investigators regularly search the NCI application database for outstanding candidates.

  1. Submit your CV/resume to the NCI application database to be considered for a postdoctoral, predoctoral, or postbaccalaureate (master-level and post-college) fellowship. 
  2. Return to our site, search for and contact investigators in your areas of interest to inquire about fellowship opportunities. You can also review current research training positions.

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).