Interdisciplinary Training

Training Program Application

2018-19 is the final year in the training grant's award cycle. Future support is dependent upon the successful renewal of the training grant. Please check back in late summer 2019.

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

We are not currently accepting applications.


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

Research Proposal

Describe the proposed research’s relevance to cancer biology. For research involving infectious agents, explicitly describe the relevance of the proposed studies to cancers that are associated with that agent.

Summarize how the proposed research focuses on an important, currently unanswered question. Indicate why and how the answer to that problem would lead to new areas of investigation or otherwise significantly affect the field.

Describe your overall training goals and the exact nature of the interdisciplinary training as part of research plan.

  • Discuss your training goals: the theories, approaches, scientific and non-technical skills, etc. to be learned/enhanced during your time in the program
  • Explain why both mentors are necessary and essential for the training plan
  • Detail each mentor’s role in your training and in the proposed research

We strongly advise applicants avoid providing excessive experimental details in their research proposals.

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

Mentor Letters

Letters are required from both proposed mentors. Letters should:

  • Assess the current strengths of the applicant 
  • Discuss how the proposed training program will further enhance the applicant’s professional and academic development
  • Describe a unique and well-thought out training plan for the applicant
  • Describe the experimental goals within each lab for the upcoming year, specifically how those goals will complement one another across disciplines to answer a clearly described question in cancer biology
  • Explicitly describe the role of each mentor in the instruction and supervision of the applicant

The primary mentor should also indicate in their mentor letter that they have sufficient and appropriate funding to cover shortfalls in trainee costs, including but not limited to a) supplies, equipment, and/or other research expenses, b) additional compensation or supplementation, and c) 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 program’s administrator. If submitting separately, please indicate this in the last section of the application form under “Additional Comments” .