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A Postdoctoral Research Training Program of the Division of Cancer Prevention
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Registration is currently CLOSED.

If you would like to register for classes in 2015, please return in November 2014.

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Apply to the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention

To be considered for the program, you must meet the eligibility requirements and complete the application, as described below. If you have additional questions about the application process, please contact us.


Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course

2013 Principles Course syllabus
(PDF - 230 KB)

This four-week summer course provides specialized instruction in the principles and practice of cancer prevention and control. It focuses on concepts, methods, issues, and applications related to this field. Participants will gain a broad-based perspective in terms of available resources, scientific data, and quantitative and qualitative methods. For the most recent course offerings, please see the 2013 Principles Course syllabus (PDF - 230 KB).

Principles Course dates: July 7 - August 1, 2014.

Molecular Prevention Course

2013 Molecular Course syllabus
(PDF - 136 KB)

This one-week course on molecular aspects of cancer prevention follows the Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control course. It provides a strong background in the molecular biology and genetics of cancer and an overview of basic laboratory approaches applied to cutting-edge research in the fields of molecular epidemiology, chemoprevention, biomarkers, and translational research. For the most recent course offerings, please see the 2013 Molecular Course syllabus (PDF - 136 KB).

Molecular Course dates: August 4 - August 8, 2014.

Lectures for both courses are scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon, and 1:00 to 2:30 p.m.

The faculty for both courses consists of approximately 85 experts from the NIH, NCI, other government agencies, academia, cancer centers, and public and private organizations.

For more information on the impacts of these courses, please see the following articles:

Eligibility Requirements

All courses are open to physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals who have an interest in cancer prevention and control. Recommended prerequisites are epidemiology, biostatistics, and cancer biology. Preference is given to individuals with a doctoral degree.


Registration is currently CLOSED and will reopen in November 2014.


Domestic Applicants: There is NO funding for domestic applicants. Domestic applicants are U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States or one of its territories. Room, board, and transportation expenses (including parking) are the responsibility of the participant.

International Applicants: The NCI Center for Global Health (CGH) has a limited amount of funding available for individuals from low and middle income countries (LMICs). International participants interested in financial support should contact the CGH before February 15, 2014.

Participants from Ireland and Northern Ireland applying through the Ireland-Northern Ireland-NCI Cancer Consortium : Please visit the All-Ireland NCI Cancer Consortium for information regarding funding.


Registrants will be notified of their status via e-mail after all materials have been received and reviewed. International applicants will be notified on their funding level by the Director, Center for Global Health, NCI.


For course content and other general class questions, please contact:
Program Coordinator
Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program
National Cancer Institute, NIH
9609 Medical Center Drive
Room 2W-136 MSC 9712
Bethesda, MD 20892-9712
Phone: 240-276-5626
Fax: 240-276-7883

International applicants with questions regarding visas or funding, please contact:
Center for Global Health
National Cancer Institute
National Institutes of Health
9609 Medical Center Drive
Room 3W558, MSC 9723
Rockville, MD 20850
Phone: 240-276-5812
Fax: 240-276-5809

If you are a person with a disability and require any assistive device, services, or other reasonable accommodation to participate in these activities, please contact the CPFP Office at 240-276-5626 at least one week in advance of the lecture date to discuss your needs.

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