Cancer Education and Career Development Program
The Cancer Education and Career Development Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago prepares promising new scholars to conduct research in the critical field of cancer disparities.
Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellows benefit from didactic workshops, personalized mentoring, and hands-on research experience to launch their careers with:
- Strong research skills based on practice
- A professional network of senior investigators and peers in federally funded cancer research
- Deep understanding of socioeconomic, racial and ethnic disparities in cancer prevalence, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.
From the first week of the program, each fellow pursues a multiple-year plan to address her or his individual goals and needs. Following this plan, the fellow is quickly immersed in training, assigned a mentor, and integrated into ongoing research.
The fellow’s goals and progress are regularly reviewed by her or his mentor, our program directors and advisory committees. In this way, the program prepares fellows for positions as junior faculty in the health sciences colleges of universities, investigators in nonprofit research institutions and staff members at the National Institutes of Health.
Contact: Mirjana Antonic, program coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org or 312-355-3894
Financial Support, Eligibility and Application Information
About the Financial Benefits
The program is a fellowship with each fellow receiving a monthly stipend. In addition to the stipend, fellows also receive the following:
- Tuition and fees coverage
- Campus Care health insurance coverage
- Allotted travel funds for conferences
- Office space and resources
- Access to grants development support.
How to Apply
All applicants must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals, or permanent residents (i.e., green card holders). For predoctoral positions, only current University of Illinois at Chicago graduate students who have passed their comprehensive exams may apply to this program.
Applicants should submit their application in a single PDF that includes the following:
- Letter of application that discusses the applicant’s interest in cancer disparities research, goals for the training program, and an implementation plan for those goals. Applicants should indicate that they meet the citizenship criteria listed above, and provide the names and contact information of references.
- Curriculum vitae
- Three writing samples, such as published articles, manuscripts for peer-reviewed publication or papers for graduate coursework.
- Three letters of reference addressing the applicant’s academic performance, strengths and potential. At least one letter should be from a departmental mentor. Applicants should instruct their references to email their letters in a PDF directly to the program.
Send the application (as a single PDF) to email@example.com.