Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA)

This program provides the opportunity for recent doctoral degree recipients to enhance their research skills in the NCI environment.

Sponsor: National Cancer Institute/NIH


Trainees pursue both basic and clinical research free from the demands of obtaining grants and teaching, although opportunities to do both are available. Awards are granted for an initial 12-month period and may be renewed for up to five years, based on satisfactory performance and the continued availability of funds.


To be eligible to apply for this program, candidates must hold a doctoral degree and have no more than five years of relevant research experience since receipt of their most recent doctoral degree. U.S. citizens and permanent U.S. residents are welcome to apply.

How to Apply

The NCI Web site lists current CRTA postdoctoral openings in the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) and in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) Each CCR listing provides contact information for the principal investigator who posted the opening, and some provide specific application instructions. The DCEG offers fellowship programs in Genetic Epidemiology, Radiation Epidemiology, Molecular Epidemiology, and Biostatistics; application is made directly to those programs.