Candidates sought for NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

Note: Vanderbilt is limited to one application to this program.

Internal proposal deadline: Jan. 15, 2016

Application due date: Feb. 19, 2016

The purpose of the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is to encourage and retain outstanding graduate students who have demonstrated potential and interest in pursuing careers as independent cancer researchers. The F99/K00 award is intended for individuals who require one to two years to complete their Ph.D. dissertation research training (F99 phase) before transitioning to mentored postdoctoral research training (K00 phase). Consequently, applicants are expected to propose an individualized research training plan for the next one to two years of dissertation research training and a plan for three to four years of mentored postdoctoral research and career development activities that will prepare them for independent cancer-focused research careers.

Eligibility: The applicant must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled as a graduate student in the third or fourth year of a mentored Ph.D. or equivalent research degree program (e.g., EngD, DNSc, DrPH, DSW, ScD) in the biomedical, behavioral or clinical sciences at a domestic institution. The applicant must be at the dissertation research stage of training at the time of award and must show evidence of high academic performance in the sciences and commitment to a career as an independent cancer research scientist.

The F99/K00 award may not be used to support studies leading to the MD, DDS or other clinical, health-professional degree (e.g., DC, DMD, DNP, DO, DPM, DVM, ND, OD, AuD). Students matriculated in a dual-degree program (e.g. MD/PhD, DO/PhD, DDS/PhD, or DVM/PhD) are not eligible for the F99/K00 program.

Note: If an applicant begins a postdoctoral position or completes all Ph.D. dissertation requirements before an F99 award is made, neither the F99 award nor the K00 award will be issued.

An internal proposal is required, including:

  • Name of PI/PD(s)
  • Tentative title of the intended proposal
  • Names of other key faculty, departments expected to participate
  • A brief (one to two page maximum) summary of the scope and content of the program.
  • Letter from the applicant’s department chair or center director committing to provide the necessary space and other resources to support the awardee’s independent research.

Additional information may be requested.

Internal proposals should be submitted as a single compiled PDF via this link: VUMC Federal Limited Submission Internal Proposal Form

If necessary, a faculty review committee will select the institutional applicants.


For more information, please contact Susan Meyn in the VUMC Office of Research at or 615-322-0470; or Elizabeth Rapisarda, assistant provost of research and graduate education, at elizabeth.rapisarda@Vanderbilt.Edu or 615-322-3684.