Predoctoral Fellowships

The CCEP sponsors five predoctoral fellows. Applications are accepted each year. Details of the fellowship and the application process are outlined below.

Applicants must be graduate students with an MS, MPH, MSPH, or an equivalent level of training, who are currently enrolled in doctoral programs at UNC-Chapel Hill, primarily in the School of Public Health and other Health Affairs Schools.

Applicants may be at any point in their doctoral career, although successful applicants are usually at least in their second year. A clear commitment to cancer prevention and control research is paramount for all applicants. Prior experience in cancer prevention and control research is a plus.

Fellows should have an identified primary CCEP mentor. The primary mentor is usually chair of the applicant’s dissertation committee but should at least be a member of the dissertation committee. For fellows who have not formed a doctoral committee, the primary mentor is often the fellow’s faculty academic adviser.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill are equal opportunity employers and encourage applications from women and minorities.

The CCEP trains, mentors, and develops fellows through two major activities: a specialized core curriculum and hands-on mentored research experience. Throughout, the CCEP emphasizes flexible training that is tailored to meet each fellow's needs, as well as a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to cancer prevention and control research. Click here to learn details about CCEP training.

Salaries. Predoctoral salaries are $22,000 per year. The stipend level will not change during the fellowship. With special permission, fellows may also work (and receive compensation for) up to 15 hours per week on projects that do not overlap with CCEP projects.

Allowances. Each predoctoral fellow receives up to $15,000 per year in allowances, including $8,000 for tuition, $4,000 for travel, and $3,000 for research and other expenses. The allowance level will not change during the fellowship. Each year, fellows submit a budget plan for their allowances. Some re-budgeting within with the travel and research/other expenses categories is permitted. Tuition support can only be used for that purpose.

Due to recent increases in tuition costs, the CCEP tuition allowance may not be sufficient to pay all student tuition and fees at the UNC Chapel Hill Gillings School of Global Public Health.  Other CCEP allowance dollars, however, may be used to pay tuition and fees, and the CCEP works with students to see that tuition is covered to the extent possible.

CCEP fellows are encouraged to travel to and participate in appropriate meetings (such as the annual American Society of Preventive Oncology national meeting) and short courses.

Research and other expenses may include books, some equipment, software, biostatistical consulting, research assistance, et al.

Benefits. Predoctoral fellows receive health insurance coverage through the student health insurance program. Fellows receive other student benefits in accordance to their registration status. Parking eligibility and application is processed through the student’s department.

Length of Support. CCEP predoctoral fellowships are awarded for one year with expectation of renewal for a second year. First-year fellows must re-apply for a second year and compete in the same pool with new candidates.

Process for 2016 Fellowships. The application deadline for 2016 fellowships is November 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm EST.  Review of applications by the Training Advisory Committee will take place in late November. Applicants for this round of fellowships should be prepared to start the program in January 2016. Please send applications to Sara Vandegrift (see instructions below).

Application Package.  A complete application includes a curriculum vitae (CV), a two page (double-spaced) synopsis of the proposed research, and at least two letters of support, including one from the primary CCEP faculty mentor. If the primary CCEP mentor is not the dissertation adviser, then one letter of support should come from the dissertation adviser. If the applicant has not yet formed a dissertation committee, then one letter of support should come from the faculty adviser. The dissertation advisor and/or faculty advisor do not need to be CCEP faculty.  Letters of support should be electronic (PDF) and hard copy. Faculty should email and mail letters of support directly to Sara Vandegrift. The electronic copy of the support letter need not be signed if the hard copy has been.  Applicants should email an electronic copy of the other application elements (CV and synopsis) in a single PDF file directly to Ms. Vandegrift. 

Sara M. Vandegrift
CCEP Co-Coordinator
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
CB# 7424
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7424