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The Robert A. Welch Fellowship

The Robert A. Welch Fellowship is a competitive program for postdoctoral fellows applying to train in the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG). The fellowship supports mentored research in molecular epidemiology with special emphasis on the application of emerging genetic and genomic technology. The fellowship also includes support for annual travel to a scientific conference with a focus on genetic or genomic technology.

The fellowship is named in honor of Robert A. Welch, the founding Director of Operations of the NCI-Frederick Cancer Genomics Research Laboratory (CGR), formerly known as the Core Genotyping Facility. Mr. Welch played a key role in developing and managing the CGR, which carries out large-scale studies of common genetic variations and cancer. His skill, dedication, and hard work were major contributions to the CGR's success. His commitment and leadership inspired his colleagues at the CGR and elsewhere, and the CGR continues to work toward his vision.

Former and Current Fellows

  • 2009 - Jesus Gonzalez-Bosquet, M.D., Ph.D.
  • 2010 - Hemang Parikh, Ph.D.
  • 2012 - Wei Tang, Ph.D.
  • 2015 - Jiyeon Choi, Ph.D.
  • 2018 - Rouf Banday, Ph.D.


An applicant must have an M.D. or doctoral degree in epidemiology, biostatistics, genetics, or other related research fields, or be pursuing a degree in these areas. The applicant must also be a U.S. citizen, resident alien, or foreign national eligible for a training visa.

Application Process

This year's fellow has been named; thus, applications are not being accepted at this time. Please check back in the future for updates on new application processing.

Selection Process

Candidates for the Robert A. Welch Fellow are reviewed by the Senior Leadership in Genomics Committee on a monthly basis. The committee is comprised of the Director and Deputy Director of DCEG, Director of the Human Genetics Program, Director of the Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, and Chiefs of the Office of Education and the Laboratory of Translational Genomics. The committee ranks candidates and the final selection is made by the Director, DCEG.

Generally, there is one Robert A. Welch fellow at a time, with training typically lasting two to three years. However, multiple fellows training simultaneously are possible. The fellows have no future service obligation to NIH or its contractors.


The Fellowship is funded by donations from colleagues, family, friends, and companies through the Foundation for the NIH, and by the DCEG. Donations may be made online or by check to FNIH, designating that the gift is being made in honor of Robert A. Welch.


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