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The ICRC program gives highly qualified students and recent graduates the chance to participate in cancer research at the NCI. Selected candidates will interview with NCI Principal Investigators and potentially experience a fellowship in an NCI research lab or office.



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Introduction to Cancer Research Careers Program

The Introduction to Cancer Research Careers (ICRC) program gives highly qualified undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, graduate, and recent graduate students the opportunity to participate in vital cancer research at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Selected candidates will have the opportunity to interview with top NCI Principal Investigators and potentially experience a summer or post-baccalaureate fellowship in an NCI research laboratory or office. The ICRC Program highly encourages individuals from underrepresented populations and disadvantaged backgrounds to apply.

Program Details

Selected Candidates:

ICRC applications are accepted beginning in September and selection for the program is highly competitive. Qualified applications are evaluated by a panel of NCI scientists, and selected candidates will have the opportunity to interview with NCI investigators for summer or one-two year post-baccalaureate fellowships.

Candidates selected are not guaranteed a fellowship at NCI. Fellowship offers are made by individual investigators through the ICRC Program Manager after the interviews are completed.

ICRC applicants will:

  • Interview with NCI investigators seeking to fill summer and/or one-two year post-baccalaureate research fellowship positions
  • If selected for a fellowship, receive a monthly stipend with a summer housing subsidy and roundtrip summer travel

ICRC Fellowship:

If a candidate is hired by an NCI investigator as a fellow, they will work under the investigator's direction and in concert with other researchers, fellows, and technicians. Fellows will have the opportunity to attend seminars on topics related to basic, clinical, biomedical and behavioral research, human health, healthy lifestyles, and health disparities. Fellows will also be able to participate in professional development workshops during their fellowship.

All fellows are required to carry health insurance. No-cost health insurance is available for fellows who work a minimum of three months.

NCI has facilities in Bethesda, Rockville, and Frederick, Maryland. Fellows may be matched with an investigator at any of the locations.

Candidates selected for a fellowship will:

  • Receive a monthly stipend with summer housing subsidy and roundtrip summer travel
  • Participate in valuable professional development workshops
  • Present their work at an NIH poster session


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