Interdisciplinary Training

Training Program Application

We are not currently accepting applications. Please check back in late summer 2018.

Application Instructions

  • Complete the application form along with biosketch, research proposal, and mentor letters.
  • Combine all application components into a single PDF: "Lastname_IDTG-Application_Date.pdf"
  • Email complete application to the training grant administrator.

Application Form

Application will be available for download in early summer 2018.


Provide details of your academic training to-date and any relevant research and work experience, using the NIH biosketch format (fellowship version).

Research Proposal

The description of proposed project 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.

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.

Page Limit: 2 pages text; figures/references not included in limit    Margins: 0.75”    Font: Arial, 11pt

Mentor Letters

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.

The primary mentor should indicate in the letter that they have sufficient and appropriate funding to cover the trainee’s (i) supplies, equipment, and/or other research expenses, (ii) additional compensation or supplementation, as well as (iii) shortfalls in tuition and benefits.

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

Mentors may submit letters directly to the training grant administrator. If mentor is submitting separately, please indicate this in the last section of the application form under “Additional Comments” .