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The National Cancer Institute is now accepting applications for the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award F99/K00. UC San Diego may nominate one student. The Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Affairs Division will be accepting nominations from departments to select the institutional nominee. There is no limit to nominees a department may put forward.

The information below was copied from the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) Number - RFA-CA-20-048, which we urge you to read in its entirety.

About the Award

The objective of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to identify and encourage outstanding graduate students who are recognized by their institutions as having high potential and a strong interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers, and then to facilitate their successful transition to postdoctoral positions.

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You must be nominated by your institution. There is no limit for nominees a department may put forward.

  •  The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled as a graduate student in the third or fourth year of a mentored PhD or equivalent research degree program (e.g., DrPH, ScD) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences at a domestic institution.
  •  F99 eligibility is determined from the date of enrollment as a graduate student at the PhD institution and includes the time spent to earn a MS degree.
  •  The applicant must be at the dissertation research stage of training at the time of award.

Additional Information on Eligibility - RFA, Section III. 3

Career Stage

At the time of application, you must be:

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You must be enrolled in a Ph.D. program or other research doctoral program (e.g., DrPH, ScD). Students enrolled in the following programs are NOT eligible for this pilot program:

  • Dual-degree programs, even if the degrees are completed in separate phases.
  • Professional doctorate or clinical practice degree programs.
  • Any degree programs that require an extended internship following the research degree.

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  • No area of research is given preference.
  • The K00 phase MUST be cancer-focused.
  • The F99 dissertation research must be in a biomedical, behavioral, or clinical research area that prepares you for a future career in cancer research.
  • Projects proposing clinical trials work will not be accepted.

Citizenship

  • There is no citizenship requirement; you may be a US citizen, permanent resident, or hold a valid US visa.
  • An applicant may be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States, have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a currently valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551, or other legal verification of such status), or be a non-U.S. citizen with a valid U.S. visa. 
  • Projects proposing clinical trials work will not be accepted.
  • The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled as a graduate student in the third or fourth year of a mentored PhD or equivalent research degree program (e.g., DrPH, ScD) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences at a domestic institution.
    • F99 eligibility is determined from the date of enrollment as a graduate student at the PhD institution and includes the time spent to earn a MS degree
    • The applicant must be at the dissertation research stage of training at the time of award

Citizenship

  • There is no citizenship requirement; you may be a US citizen, permanent resident, or hold a valid US visa.
  • The Nomination Letter for an applicant holding a US Visa must provide assurance that the candidate’s visa provides sufficient time to complete the F99 phase of the award at a US institution and that there are no known obstacles (e.g., home country requirement) to the candidate obtaining a visa at the time of the K00 transition.

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This section is copied from the National Cancer Institute website. 

Nomination Materials

 Please include the following:

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