Skip to main content
An official website of the United States government

Clinical Investigator Development Program in DCEG

The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) offers training to clinically-focused investigators through the NCI Clinical Investigator Development Program (CIDP), a highly competitive opportunity for clinically-focused physicians dedicated to laboratory bench-to-bedside or clinic-based research.

CIDP trainees who come to DCEG will have an unparalleled opportunity to develop an independent research program in cancer etiology and prevention in a highly collaborative environment, with access to high-quality data from long-term family- and population-based epidemiologic and clinical studies, a high-throughput genomics facility, a rich collection of biospecimens in the molecular pathology core, and resources at the NIH Clinical Center.

About the Program

Clinical investigators will be appointed for a three-year period at a competitive salary commensurate with subspecialty training and experience. They will be assigned dedicated space, provided with an independent budget including travel and training funds, and given access to an extensive infrastructure including mentorship, data-management support, animal facilities, core services and advanced technologies such as imaging/microscopy, protein chemistry and purification, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, genomics and transgenic and knockout mice. An attractive Federal Government employee benefits package includes health and life insurance coverage, a retirement savings program and relocation expenses. Student loan repayment is possible through the NIH.

Program participants must develop a research proposal within the first six months in collaboration with a mentor and complete courses focused on leadership/management skills and writing cancer grant applications. Research progress will be reviewed on an annual basis.


Candidates may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents, or possess (or be eligible for) an appropriate work visa and must have successfully completed subspecialty training at a U.S. accredited institution in an appropriate field.

A Doctor of Medicine or equivalent degree is required.  A degree from a foreign medical school must provide education and medical knowledge equivalent to accredited schools in the United States.  Evidence of equivalency to accredited schools in the United States is demonstrated by permanent certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, a fifth pathway certificate for Americans who completed premedical education in the United States and graduate education in a foreign country, or successful completion of the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination.

Applicants must possess a current, active, full, and unrestricted license or registration as a Physician from a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or a territory of the United States. Foreign physicians on an NIH-sponsored work visa are exempt from the licensure requirement.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, complete bibliography, contact information for three letters of recommendation, and a description of research interests and goals (2-4 pages) as they relate to the chosen field.  Applicants must also submit a diversity statement describing their track record of and commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in biomedical research and/or medicine (500 word limit), including but not limited to successful recruitment and/or mentorship of trainees from historically underrepresented groups, participation on committees and in program /initiatives addressing issues of diversity and inclusion, and future plans for addressing diversity and inclusion as a principal investigator.

Contact Douglas Stewart or Sharon Savage with questions about becoming a CIDP investigator in DCEG or to submit an application.