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You are eligible to apply for a position with the Integrated Translational Oncology Program (iTOP) if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have permanent US residency status.
  • You must be one of the following:
    1. A PhD, MD, MD-PhD candidate (candidates who are in their first- and second-year of their PhD training are welcome).
    2. A clinical resident or fellow with a DO, MD, or MD-PhD desiring to take career development time for research.
    3. A PhD or postdoctoral fellow.
  • You must work with or desire to work with an iTOP Primary Preceptor on a translational cancer project.

How to Apply

Applicants will need to submit the materials listed below to be considered for a position with the iTOP. Any statements or written documents should be formatted with 0.5 inch margins, single spacing, and Arial 11 font.

  • Undergraduate GPA (for applicants who are in degree granting programs: PhD, MD, MD-PhD)
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Project Title and Proposal (1 page)
  • Short statement from the applicant on their interest in the iTOP (1/2 page)
  • Summary of applicant’s prior research experience (1/2 page)
  • Statement on applicant’s research career goals (1/2 page)
  • Applicant research relevance to translational cancer research (<1/4 page)
  • Applicant commitment to academic career in cancer research (<1/4 page)

Letters of Recommendation

At least two letters of recommendation are required:

  • Letter of Recommendation from an iTOP Primary Preceptor. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to Primary Preceptors of interest prior to applying. If you still need to identify an iTOP Primary Preceptor, an alternate letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with your research and academic accomplishments is required.
  • Letter of Recommendation from an additional faculty member who knows you and your research well, such as a committee member or residency/fellowship program director. Letters from residency/fellowship program directors should include a commitment for dedicated research time of up to two years.

Any applicants participating in residency or fellowship programs must have a letter from their program director confirming the program’s support for the applicant to participate in a research program for up to two years.

All letters should explain how the applicant would benefit from joining the training program and what they would add to the program.


The T32 program is currently not accepting applications. The next deadline will be May 17, 2024.


Submit an Application

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.