Selection, Interviews, and Appointments

The CPFP Scientific Education Committee reviews complete applications submitted on time. This committee is comprised of scientists from different divisions of NCI, and FDA, and a non-NCI expert in cancer prevention and control. Applicants whom the committee deems are highly qualified will be notified and invited for an interview. Interviews are held virtually in October. Applicants admitted into the program will be notified of their status shortly thereafter.

Selection for these positions will be based solely on merit, with no discrimination for non-merit reasons, such as race, color, gender, national origin, age, religion, sexual orientation, or physical or mental disability. NIH provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need reasonable accommodation during any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be handled on a case-by-case basis.


Start of Appointment

For individuals entering the CPFP directly (e.g., not pursuing an M.P.H.), the appointment usually starts in mid-June. For individuals obtaining an M.P.H. or equivalent degree during the first year, the appointment begins with the start of the master’s program. All fellows entering the program are expected to attend the CPFP orientation held in June in Rockville, Maryland.

Duration of Appointment

The initial appointment is for 1 year and may be renewed on a yearly basis for up to 4 years of support. All renewals are contingent upon performance and total duration of fellowship stay at the NIH, which cannot exceed 5 years for a non-tenured appointment nor exceed 8 years for any type of doctoral-level position.