NCI T32 Postdoctoral Research Training in Surgical Oncology: Request for Applications

Funding Agency:
Duke University

The Duke Research Training Program in Surgical Oncology will develop surgeons and perioperative physicians into physician-scientists, which is critical to the multidisciplinary approach needed to investigate novel approaches to cancer. The program will be led by a leadership team of academic surgeon-scientists with expertise in surgical oncology, pathology, immunology, and health outcomes research. Supplemented by mentors with expertise in basic, translational, and clinical research, this multidisciplinary team spans the breadth of surgical oncology research to address research questions in three distinct tracks:

  1. Cancer Biomarkers and Biology of Local Disease
  2. Cancer Immunotherapy
  3. Clinical Investigation and Health Services Research

Trainees will select a primary mentor from a highly experienced and diverse group of 37 researchers. Guided by their mentors, the trainees will each develop and execute a research project, which will be the basis of a future career development or independent research award application. Trainees will become skilled in research methods and will be prepared to pursue independent academic careers that will improve the health of patients with cancer or premalignant conditions.

Deadline: Apr. 19, 2019

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Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must have an MD or equivalent degree and have completed or be in good standing in a clinical training program that will provide eligibility for certification in Surgery or a surgical subspecialty with research focused in oncology.

The Duke Surgical Oncology T32 supports three residents during a two-year research fellowship. Potential applicants will be US citizens or permanent residents who are trainees in good standing at ACGME- and ABS-approved surgery training programs in the US and Canada. The application and selection process typically occurs during the PGY-2 year for a 2-year training period during PGY-3 and PGY-4.

Amount Description

Trainee stipends are fixed by the National Institutes of Health and vary depending on the number of years of experience following doctoral degree. Trainees are also eligible for health insurance, tuition support, and some travel money when appropriate for advancing the training experience. 

Funding Type



Medical Fellow/Resident
Post Doctoral Fellows


Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science

External Deadline

April 19, 2019