Graduate/Doctorate Training & Education

For more information on the graduate study in cancer biology, check out the Cancer Biology Training Program within the Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe).



  • Federal agencies
    • National Cancer Institute fellowships and awards

      • Name: F31- Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows

        Career Stage: Predoctoral

        Program Description: This award supports promising doctoral candidates who will perform dissertation research and training for a PhD degree in a scientific health-related field relevant to the mission of the NCI during the tenure of the award. Applicants for the F31 must be candidates for the PhD degree and must be at the dissertation research stage of training at the time of award.

        NCI requires a clear cancer focus in graduate research training and gives funding priority to applications whose primary sponsor has cancer-related R01, or R01-like, peer-reviewed research grants at the time of application and the time of the award. For the NCI F31 Award, R01-like research funding includes peer-reviewed research grants from other federal sources and private foundations with a duration of at least 3 years with a minimum of $150,000 direct costs per year. The primary sponsor is expected to maintain such grant support during the project period. Grants under a no-cost extension do not qualify.

      • Name: F99/K00- The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award

        Career Stage: 3rd or 4th year Predoctoral

        Program Description: This award supports outstanding Ph.D. and other Research Doctoral candidates complete their dissertation research training (F99 phase) and transition in a timely manner to mentored, cancer-focused postdoctoral career development research positions (K00 phase).

    • National Science Foundation fellowships and awards in biological sciences

      • Name: NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program  (GRFP)

        Career Stage: Predoctoral

        Program Description: The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce of the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing full-time research-based master's and doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) or in STEM education. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant research achievements in STEM or STEM education. NSF especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, persons with disabilities, veterans, and undergraduate seniors to apply.

  • Nonfederal agencies
  • Institute for Cancer Research fellowships/awards
  • Grant writing