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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 2016, please return in November 2015.

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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

2015 Principles Course syllabus
(PDF - 964 KB)

This four-week summer course provides specialized instruction in the principles and practice of cancer prevention and control. It focuses on concepts, issues, and applications related to this field. Participants will gain a broad-based perspective in terms of available resources and scientific data. For an overview of course offerings, please see the 2015 Principles Course syllabus (PDF - 964 KB).

Principles Course dates: July 6 - July 31, 2015.

Molecular Prevention Course

2015 Molecular Course syllabus
(PDF - 645 KB)

This one-week course on the molecular aspects of cancer prevention follows the Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control course. It provides a strong background in 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 2015 Molecular Course syllabus (PDF - 645 KB).

Molecular Course dates: August 3 - August 7, 2015.

Lectures for both courses are usually scheduled Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (occasionally lecture times will vary).

The faculty for both courses consists of approximately 85 experts from the NIH, NCI, other government agencies, universities, 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 professionals who have an interest in cancer prevention and control. Area background in epidemiology, biostatistics, or cancer biology are helpful but not required. Preference is given to individuals with a doctoral degree or to those with relevant experience in cancer prevention and control.


Registration is currently CLOSED and will reopen in November 2015.


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: For the 2015 Summer Curriculum, the NCI Center for Global Health (CGH) has a limited amount of funding available for individuals from the Southeast Asia Region only. Individuals from the following Southeast Asia countries will be considered for CGH financial support: Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Individuals from the Southeast Asia Region interested in financial support should contact the CGH before February 15, 2015.
Individuals from low and middle income countries (LMICS) outside of the Southeast Asia region will not be considered for CGH financial support, but are encouraged to apply to the courses.

Participants from Ireland and Northern Ireland applying through the Ireland-Northern Ireland-NCI Cancer Consortium: Please visit the All-Ireland Cancer Consortium page 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 about their funding level by a representative from the 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: (+1) 240-276-5810
Fax: (+1) 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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