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Fellowships & Employment
Fellowship Information


Fellows design, carry out, analyze, and publish research studies related to the etiology of cancer in human populations. Fellows gain experience with interdisciplinary, interagency and multi-center collaborations.

  • Biostatistics and methodology
  • Cancer health disparities
  • Clinical genetics
  • Descriptive epidemiology
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Host and endogenous factors
  • Environmental and lifestyle factors
  • Exposure assessment methods
  • Genetic and familial susceptibility
  • Gene-environment interactions
  • Infectious agents
  • Medications and medical histories
  • Molecular epidemiology
  • Multiple primary cancers
  • Occupational exposures
  • Quantitative risk assessment
  • Radiation

Epidemiologic research opportunities encompass the full range of cancer risk factors. Fellows also may receive training in emerging biostatistical areas, including epidemiologic methods, statistical genetics, clinical trials, and risk assessment.

Other features of the fellowship include courses and workshops in molecular and genetic epidemiology, grant writing, science management, mentoring, and career development.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

Fellowship training is up to five years under the supervision of DCEG scientists. In order to be eligible, 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.

Pre-doctoral Fellowships

Fellowships up to three years are offered to doctoral students for dissertation research and to master's level graduates. Applicants may be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or those eligible for a training visa.

Graduate Partnership Programs with Schools of Public Health

DCEG partners with Yale University's Department of Epidemiology and Public Health in a unique training program which sponsors fellowships to support doctoral students in the study of cancer epidemiology (tuition plus stipend). For more information about this program visit Yale University - National Cancer Institute Partnership Training Program

In addition, DCEG has established collaborative doctoral training partnerships in cancer epidemiology with two Schools of Public Health:

How to Apply

Fellowship applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. To expedite the review process, submit all application materials online to To apply, you must:

  • Complete the online Summary Application Form.
  • Submit:
    • Curriculum vitae and bibliography
    • Cover letter describing areas of research interest
    • Three letters of recommendation (Note: applicants may send referees' names initially, after which letters will be requested if interviewed. Letters may be sent via email attachment.)

NIH is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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