Cancer Research Institute

Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship to Promote Racial Diversity

Supporting Underrepresented Scientists in Immuno-Oncology

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship to Promote Racial Diversity supports qualified young scientists from underrepresented minorities at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in fundamental immunology and cancer immunology. Fellows train under the guidance of a world-renowned immunologist, who sponsors the fellow and prepares him or her for a productive and successful career in cancer immunology. The program will provide additional support for mentoring and career advancement to these individuals, as we work to build a more racially diverse and inclusive community of scientists working in immuno-oncology.

We invite applications from candidates who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino/a American, or American Indian or Alaska Native.

CRI seeks hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology that aim to directly impact our understanding of the immune system’s role in cancer.

A panel of scientists drawn from the CRI Scientific Advisory Council will rigorously evaluate each candidate, the intended sponsor and training environment, and the nature and feasibility of the proposed project.

OVERVIEW

The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is CRI's longest-standing continuous program. Postdoctoral fellowships provide support to fund and train young immunologists and cancer immunologists at top universities and research centers around the world.

Fellows work and continue their training under the guidance of a world-renowned immunologist, who mentors the fellow and prepares him or her for a productive and successful career in cancer immunology.

Fellows receive up to $186,000 over three years to cover the cost of salary, insurance, and other research-related expenses, such as travel to conferences and meetings. The institutional allowance can also be used for childcare.

Applications for this program will also be considered for the standard CRI Irvington Fellowship. No further application is required for consideration to both programs.

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The CRI Irvington Postdoctoral Fellowship to Promote Racial Diversity supports qualified young scientists at leading universities and research centers around the world who wish to receive training in fundamental immunology or cancer immunology.

CRI seeks hypothesis-driven, mechanistic studies in both immunology and tumor immunology that aim to directly impact our understanding of the immune system’s role in cancer.

A panel of scientists drawn from the CRI Scientific Advisory Council will rigorously evaluate each candidate, the intended sponsor and training environment, and the nature and feasibility of the proposed project.

ELIGIBILITY

  • The program is open to candidates who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino/a American, or American Indian or Alaska Native.
  • To be eligible, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen working at a nonprofit institution in the United States or abroad. 
  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree and be working in areas directly related to immunology or cancer immunology.
  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree by the date of award activation and must conduct their proposed research under a sponsor who holds a formal appointment as an assistant professor or higher rank at the host institution.
  • Applicants with 5 or more years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of award activation are not eligible, with the exception of M.D. applicants, who should not include years of residency in this calculation.
  • Only in exceptional circumstances will applicants who have already spent 3 or more years in a sponsor’s laboratory by the start date of fellowship be considered for a fellowship award.
  • The fellowship can be performed in the United States or abroad, but must take place at a non-profit institution.
  • Only one fellow per sponsor may apply per application round, and faculty sponsors may not have more than three CRI-supported fellows at any time.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Newly awarded fellowships provide a stipend of $55,000 for the first year, $57,000 for the second year, and $59,000 for the third year. In addition, an allowance of $5,000 per year is allotted to the host institution for use at the sponsor’s discretion to help pay for the fellow’s research supplies, travel to scientific meetings, health insurance, and/or childcare.

Deductions for administrative overhead are not allowed from either the stipend or the institutional allowance. Payments are made monthly in U.S. currency to the host institution.

AWARD TERMS AND CONDITIONS

All awardees must adhere to the terms of this award.

Please note: The Cancer Research Institute will not modify the terms of its policies at the request of individual institutions. Policies have been approved by our Board of Trustees, and we do not have the resources to negotiate separately with the many institutions that receive our support.

APPLICATION DEADLINE

The application deadlines are March 1 and September 1; when those dates fall on the weekend, applications are due the following Monday. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on these dates. Applicants are notified of fellowship committee decisions within approximately 10-12 weeks of the application deadline.

Fellowships can be activated three months after the application deadline but no later than one year following the deadline. Awards activate on the first of the month.

APPLY HERE: www.cancerresearch.org/scientists/fellowships-grants/post-doctoral-fellows-promote-diversity

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Last updated: 2021-12-30