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 and allowances. 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. Each predoctoral fellow receives allowances for tuition, travel, 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.


Application requirements:  An online application portal is available for submission of application materials. 

  • Current students should submit a single pdf that includes current curriculum vita, personal statement (two pages maximum), and a cover letter at Applicants may apply to multiple programs, but should indicate their order of preference in their cover letter. Applicants must also have three letters of recommendation for full consideration, including one letter from an eligible Cancer Control Education Program faculty mentor.  Letters should be submitted at
  • Incoming students must be nominated by their departments, with each department in the School nominating no more than two applicants. In addition to the full admissions application for each applicant, a letter from the department should be submitted in support of the candidate. If more than one applicant is nominated, departments should provide a letter indicating the rank order of preference for the two candidates. Applications should be submitted via the application portal, with supporting letters from the department uploaded at 

Review process: The application deadline for 2017 fellowships is January 31, 2017 at 5:00 pm EST. Applications are reviewed by a multidisciplinary panel including the PIs of the two training grants, plus a multidisciplinary Steering Committee. Funding decisions will be made early in the Spring 2017 semester, with admissions committees notified about incoming student applications by March 1.


Contact: For questions about program eligibility and requirements or application submission please contact 
Sara M. Vandegrift
CCEP Coordinator
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
CB# 7424
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7424