Cancer Prevention Fellowship Programme 2015 (Closed)

This call is now under review.

Opening Date: 13th July 2015

Closing Date: 25 August 2015


The Health Research Board and Irish Cancer Society are pleased to announce a joint call for applications for individuals working in Ireland to apply to become an NCI Cancer Prevention Fellow, under the auspices of the Ireland-Northern Ireland – NCI Cancer Consortium.

It is intended that individuals applying from Ireland will pursue careers in cancer prevention in Ireland upon completion of the fellowship. Applications are due on 25 August 2015 for entry into the Programme the following June.

The prestigious National Cancer Institute Cancer Prevention Fellowship Programme provides training for post-doctorate candidates from the health professions, biomedical, and behavioural sciences to become leaders in the field of cancer prevention and control.

The program provides M.P.H. training in Ireland or Northern Ireland (year 1), the Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention, and mentored research at the NCI (years 2–4).

If an applicant already possesses an M.P.H. degree and a primary degree in a health-related discipline, or a PhD in epidemiology or biostatistics, the fellowship will typically begin directly at the NCI (years 1–3).

Successful applicants from Ireland are also provided with the opportunity to apply for a fifth year of funding to facilitate their return to Ireland to progress their independent research career. 

What will I get out of the programme?

  • Masters of public health (M.P.H) degree
  • Participation in the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention
  • Mentored research opportunities at the NCI
  • Professional development and leadership training
  • Funding to enable you to return to Ireland and progress your research career

Am I eligible? 

To be considered for the CPFP, you must meet the following eligibility requirements: 

1. Doctoral degree

  • You must possess a doctoral degree (MD, PhD, JD, or equivalent) or expect to complete the degree requirements by the start date of the fellowship, June 2017
  • Your doctoral degree must be in a related discipline (e.g., epidemiology, biostatistics, clinical services, laboratory, nutritional, or social and behavioural sciences)
  • Foreign education must be comparable to that received in the United States

2. Prior postdoctoral experience

  • You must have less than five years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of taking up the appointment at NCI (typically June 2017)

3. Citizenship

  • Be an Irish citizen of the Republic of Ireland, or a citizen of the European Union (EU) currently employed in the Republic of Ireland. Proof of citizenship (birth certificate or passport) and proof of employment in Ireland is required

How do I apply?

Applications can be made using the NCI online application system. The application website is open until 25 August 2015.

Applicants from Ireland must contact the Health Research Board first to ensure that eligibility criteria are satisfied. Applicants should allow sufficient time to obtain an official tracking number from the HRB and submit their application prior to the August 25 2015 application deadline.


The Consortium (through the HRB) will provide funds for short-listed applicants to attend for interview at NCI, if invited.

Applicants selected onto the fellowship programme will receive funding for:

  • Registration fee costs for M.P.H. training in Year 1
  • Stipend in Year 1
  • Travel and relocation costs for the mobility phase (Years 2-4)
  • Stipend and research costs while at NCI (Years 2-4)
  • Support for attending scientific conferences (Years 2-4)
  • Re-integration grant to facilitate return to a research post in Ireland (Year 5)


Contact: Dr Teresa Maguire

Related Links: NCI Online Application Form

Related Documents: Download Guidance Notes 2015

Date Last Revised: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015