Interdisciplinary Training

IDTG Application

1. Fill out the online information form below completely (including an abstract of up to 250 words) and submit online.


2. Arrange to have the following four documents generated and submitted:

a. Your CV / resume, providing details of your academic training to-date and any relevant research and work experience. If you are a graduate student, include your current academic standing (number of credits taken to date and GPA).

Filename: please name the file according to "LastName_CV"

b. Letters from both participating mentors. These should describe, in detail, (i) a unique and well-thought out training plan for the applicant, including the experimental goals within each lab for the upcoming year, (ii) how those goals will complement one another across disciplines to answer a clearly described question in cancer biology, and (iii) the role of each mentor in the instruction and supervision of the applicant. The letters should also assess the current strengths of the applicant and how the proposed training program will further enhance their professional and academic development.

Note: Additional letters of recommendation are not required. Postdoctoral applicants may submit one additional letter from their primary PhD thesis advisor if desired.

Filenames: Please request filenames according to "ApplicantLastName_MentorLast Name_ReccLetter"

c. The research proposal. The document should be no more than 3 single spaced pages (Arial 11 point font or equivalent in size) for all sections, including figures. Literature cited is not counted against the 3 page limit and can be on an additional page.

Proposal Guidelines. There are two equally important aspects to the proposal:

- The description of the proposed project. This must indicate clear relevance to cancer biology. Studies of molecular and cellular mechanisms, detection and diagnosis, risk and behavioral factors that influence cancer incidence, development and assessment of treatment strategies, and studies of cancer outcomes are all appropriate). If the proposal is focused on studies of infectious agents, the relevance of the proposed studies to cancers that are associated with that agent must be explicitly described. The description should clearly summarize how the research is focused on an important currently unanswered question in the general area of cancer biology , and indicate why and how the answer to that problem would lead to new areas of investigation or otherwise provide significant impact in the field.

- The exact nature of the interdisciplinary training to be engaged in as part of the above research plan must be clearly described. This description should indicate exactly how both venues and mentors for the training plan are necessary and essential, such that the training and research would be seriously if not totally compromised if either lab and PI were left out entirely.

Note: We strongly advise that the description of the research focus on (i) the big picture of the interdisciplinary dual-mentor training plan, (ii) the significance of the question being asked and answered, and (iii) the rationale governing the combination of approaches to be employed between the two labs, rather than providing excessive experimental details.

Filename: please name the file according to "ApplicantLastName_Proposal"

Application materials (in PDF format) should be sent to Marci Burden.


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