Application Deadline

Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 Cancer Care Quality Training Program admissions cycle. We will be recruiting one pre-doctoral trainee for the 2019-2020 year, with the possibility of renewal of funding for a second year.

Who is eligible to apply

If you meet all of the following requirements, you are welcome and encouraged to apply:

  1. Have an MS, MPH, MSPH, or equivalent level of training,
  2. Are currently enrolled in any doctoral program at UNC-Chapel Hill,
  3. Have finished at least three (3) semesters of doctoral coursework,
  4. Be a citizen or non-citizen national of the US, or be lawfully admitted to the US for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or other legal verification of such status).  Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the US (i.e., American Samoa and Swains Island). Individuals on temporary visas are not eligible for this training program.

CCQTP is committed to training a diverse cadre of clinician and non-clinician scientists. Individuals from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

Stipend and Support

Pre-doctoral trainees will receive an annual salary of $24,816, paid monthly. The training program will also cover the cost of tuition, fees, and, if needed, student health insurance for the academic year.  In addition, an $800 annual research stipend is awarded to fund travel to a scientific conference or the purchase of data or other supplies.

Application Package

To apply for the Cancer Care Training Program, please submit the following by the deadline of February 24, 2019:

  1. A cover letter/personal statement (2-3 page maximum), containing the following:
    • A description of research career goals
    • An explanation of how the training program would assist in achieving these goals
    • A description of research experience
    • A statement of academic record and progress, confirming the academic eligibility requirements listed above.
  2. Research statement and training fellowship plan (2-page maximum; references, if used, not included in page limit), containing the following:
    • A description of current or planned research focus
    • An explanation of how this research focus will fill the current gap in research knowledge or practice
    • Provide an overarching hypothesis that would guide an empirical investigation
    • Explain the potential impact of such an investigation.
  3. An up-to-date curriculum vita
  4. Two (2) letters of support:
    • One letter should come from a CCQTP faculty member, who can also be the applicant’s dissertation advisor.
    • The second letter should come from the dissertation advisor, if not a CCQTP faculty member.
    • If the applicant has yet to form a dissertation committee, then one of the letters should come from the applicant’s faculty advisor. The faculty advisor need not be a CCQTP faculty member.

    Application Process

    To apply, compile a single, combined electronic copy (PDF) addressed to:

    Ethan Basch, MD, MSc
    CCQTP Program Director
    Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Send applications via email only to:
    Eden Gifford, Program Manager, Cancer Outcomes Research Program
    eden_gifford@med.unc.edu
    (919) 962-5357

    Review of Applications

    The admissions committee will review and evaluate all applications based on the following criteria:

    1. A demonstrated level of commitment to cancer care quality research, as evidenced in research experience and focus, coursework, and career goals.
    2. Record of academic achievement, as evidenced in the CV
    3. An established record of working collaboratively, as evidenced in the letters of support
    4. A clear match in research interests with an available mentor(s), as evidenced in the personal and research statements.

    Applicants with positive initial scores will move on to the second round, a day-long interview with prospective mentors, program leaders, and admissions committee members.  Candidates are encouraged to reach out to prospective mentors before and after the interview.


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