NCI Graduate Student Recruiting Program

NCI Graduate Student Recruiting Program

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is actively seeking candidates to participate in the Graduate Student Recruiting Program, to be held virtually May 4 to May 5, 2021. The purpose of this event is to recruit outstanding senior graduate students to postdoctoral positions at the NCI.

We will be selecting up to 25 students to spend 2 days discussing their research through poster sessions, meeting other students from around the U.S., learning about the research at NCI and exploring postdoctoral training opportunities through interviews with NCI principal investigators.

February 5th - Application Deadline. March 5th - Final Decisions. March 12th - Accepted Application Open For Review. March 15th - Interview Scheduling. May 4th and 5th - GSRP Event.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible, you must be enrolled in a PhD program in the U.S. and on schedule to complete your PhD degree requirements by December, 2021.

How to Apply

You must apply through our online application process, and you must complete and submit an application before the deadline, February 12, 2021. You will need to register in order to establish your application account. Please allow 1-2 business days for your account to be approved. To complete the application you will be asked to provide:

  • Personal Information – name, home/school address, phone, email, optional demographic information
  • Citizenship
  • Education – degrees awarded or expected; upload unofficial academic transcripts
  • Personal Statement – provide responses for three prompts (300-500 words per response)
  • Curriculum Vitae – current CV adapted to suggested format
  • Research Interests
  • Abstract – document containing abstract of poster to be presented at NCI, if invited to participate
  • References – address and e-mail for 3 persons who will provide current and original letters of recommendation (one must be your dissertation advisor)

You may complete the application at your own pace and in multiple sessions. Once you submit your application, requests will be e-mailed to your referees. We recommend that you contact your referees prior to submitting your application so they are prepared to receive and respond to your requests. Referees will have a separate deadline for submitting their letters.

All applications and requests for letters of recommendation must be made through your application account.

Tips for Applying.

Frequently Asked Questions.


You must submit your application no later than 11:59 PM on February 12, 2021 EST. We recommend that you do not wait until the final hours to submit your application.

Your letters of recommendation must be uploaded by your referees no later than 11:59 PM on February 19, 2021 EST. If you need to request a letter from another person, you will be able to do so after you have submitted your application.

You will be notified by e-mail when letters of recommendation are submitted. Additionally, you may log into your application account to see the status of your letters of recommendation. It is your responsibility to ensure that we have received these letters no later than 11:59 PM on February 19, 2021 EST.


All complete applications submitted by eligible candidates by the above deadlines will be reviewed. An application is considered complete only if 3 letters of recommendation are received. All candidates will be notified by March 12, 2021 regarding the status of their applications. Candidates placing in the top 25 will be asked to confirm that they plan to attend the Graduate Student Recruiting Program from May 4 to May 5, 2021. Upon confirmation, they will be put in touch with our logistics team to make travel arrangements.

Contact Information

Questions regarding the NCI Graduate Student Recruiting Program should be directed to the program coordinator:

Program Coordinator
NCI Graduate Student Recruiting Program

Questions regarding the functioning of the application, sending/receiving requests for letters of recommendation, or the website in general should be directed to Technical support is available Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM U.S. Eastern Time.