Two CPFP fellows discussing eligibility requirements considered for the program.

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

  1. Doctoral degree
    1. You must have a PhD, MD, or other doctoral degree in a related discipline (e.g., basic science, epidemiology, health services research, medicine, behavioral science, nursing, social science, nutrition, health education/health promotion, law, dentistry, statistics, geography, exercise science, or engineering).
    2. Applicants currently enrolled in accredited doctoral degree programs that have not yet fulfilled all degree requirements will be considered for entry into the program, with the understanding that all requirements will be completed before the start of the CPFP. Assurance to this effect must be supplied in writing by the chair of the dissertation committee (e.g., PhD candidates) or the dean of the school (e.g., MD candidates).
    3. Foreign education must be comparable to that received in the United States.
  2. Prior postdoctoral experience
    1. You must have less than 5 years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of appointment.
  3. Citizenship
    1. You must be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States at the time you apply (The I-551 stamp in a passport is acceptable; “Employment Authorization” documents are not acceptable.)

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    2. You must apply through the Ireland-NCI Cancer Consortium.

Ireland-NCI Cancer Consortium

NCI has formed a multilateral partnership with Ireland to promote cooperation in all aspects of cancer research, treatment, and prevention. As part of this consortium, the CPFP is open to applicants from Ireland. It is intended that individuals applying through the consortium will pursue careers in cancer prevention in Ireland upon completion of the fellowship.

The program provides MPH training in Ireland (year 1) and mentored research at NCI (years 2–4). If the applicant already has an MPH degree and a primary degree in a health-related discipline, or a PhD in epidemiology or biostatistics, the fellowship will typically begin directly with mentored research at NCI (years 1–4).

To be eligible to apply through the consortium, the applicant must:

  • Possess a doctoral degree (PhD, MD, or equivalent) or expect to complete the degree requirements by the start date of the fellowship. Assurance that all requirements will be completed must be supplied in writing by the chair of the dissertation committee (e.g., for PhD candidates) or dean of the school (e.g., for MD candidates).
  • Be a citizen of the Republic of Ireland or European Union who is currently employed in Ireland. Proof of citizenship (birth certificate or passport) and proof of employment are required.

The consortium will provide funds to attend an interview at NCI, if invited; move to the United States and return; pursue MPH training in Ireland; and attend one scientific meeting per year while at NCI.

Prior to applying to the CPFP through the consortium, applicants must contact the Health Research Board to ensure that eligibility criteria are satisfied. Applicants should allow sufficient time to obtain approval through the consortium prior to the August 19 application deadline. For more information, please call the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program Office at +1 (240) 276-5626 or email us at