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Cancer prevention fellowship programme

The Health Research Board invites applications for its cancer prevention fellowship programme as part of the Ireland-Northern Ireland-National Cancer Institute Cancer Consortium. This enables individuals working in the Republic of Ireland to become a cancer prevention fellow at the NCI in the USA and subsequently pursue a career in cancer prevention in the Republic of Ireland. Fellows may conduct health services research, patient-oriented and clinical research, or population health research. The awards have the following structure:

•year 1 – completion of master’s in public health in the Republic of Ireland, unless the applicant already has an MPH and a primary degree in a health-related discipline, or a PhD in epidemiology or biostatistics, in which case the fellowship typically begins directly at the NCI;

•years 2 to 4 – attendance at the summer curriculum in cancer prevention at the NCI in summer 2021, and mentored research at the NCI;

•year 5 – fellows are given the opportunity to apply for a fifth year of funding to facilitate their return to the Republic of Ireland to progress their independent research careers and integrate there.

Applicants must possess a doctoral degree in a related discipline, or expect to complete such a degree by the start date of the fellowship. Foreign education must be comparable to that received in the US. Applicants must have less than five years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of taking up the appointment, typically June 2020, or June 2019 if they do not need to undertake a MPH degree. They must be citizens of the Republic of Ireland, or EU citizens currently employed in the Republic of Ireland.

Fellowships are worth up to €200,000 plus additional funding for three years in the US. The programme covers registration fee costs for training towards an MPH degree, salary-related costs in the first year, travel and relocation costs for the mobility phase, salary-related costs and research costs while at NCI, conference attendance costs, and a reintegration grant to facilitate return to a research post in the Republic of Ireland.

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Health Research Board
Monday, August 26, 2019