The overarching goal of the CPFP is to provide a strong foundation for scientists and clinicians to train in the field of cancer prevention and control. As part of the program, we offer training toward an MPH degree at an accredited university during the first year, followed by mentored research with investigators at the NCI or FDA. Outstanding opportunities for cutting-edge research in the basic, quantitative, social and behavioral sciences, and in clinical cancer prevention, have been the hallmarks of the CPFP since its inception in 1987. Furthermore, a partnership between the NCI and FDA provides opportunities for prevention research in drugs, biologics, and medical devices. Other educational opportunities are provided throughout the fellowship to complement the research training, including the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention; the Molecular Prevention Laboratory; the NCI Cancer Prevention and Control Colloquia Series; and the weekly Fellows' Research Meeting. Additional leadership and professional development training opportunities are available at the NIH and elsewhere.

Our Goal

Preventing cancer is one of the most important scientific and public health aims for the 21st Century. The overarching goal of the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) is to provide a strong foundation for scientists and clinicians to train in the field of cancer prevention and control.

The Cancer Prevention Fellowship is carefully structured to offer individuals comprehensive training in the field of cancer prevention and control. It is multidisciplinary by nature, as we select fellows from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds. Unlike some postdoctoral programs, our Fellows have the opportunity to select their own preceptors, and develop and lead research activities based on their own interests. The Program provides:

  • Up to 4 years of financial support
  • Master of Public Health (MPH) or an equivalent degree at any one-year accredited university program
  • NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention
  • Mentored research opportunities at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) or Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Professional development and leadership training

World Class Training Opportunities

The Fellowship supports a broad range of research opportunities in cancer prevention and control. Under the direction of the program's scientific staff and of senior staff from the NCI or the FDA, who act as preceptors, fellows are free to pursue their interests in various areas of cancer prevention.

Further information of the program to include eligibility requirements and application procedures can be in the Catalog.