Cancer Education and Career Development Program

Training for Successful Careers in Cancer Disparities Research

The Cancer Education and Career Development Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago prepares promising new scholars to conduct research in the critical field of cancer disparities.

Our predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees benefit from didactic workshops, personalized mentoring, and hands-on research experience to launch their careers with:


We set trainees well on their path to successful careers as independent cancer researchers. From the first week of the program, trainees pursue a multiple-year plan to address their individual goals and needs. Following this plan, a trainee is quickly immersed in training, assigned a mentor, and integrated into ongoing research.

A trainee’s goals and progress are regularly reviewed by her or his mentor, our program directors and advisory committees. In this way, our program has prepared former trainees for positions as junior faculty in the health sciences colleges of universities, investigators in nonprofit research institutions, and staff members at the National Institutes of Health.

Funded consistently by the National Cancer Institute since 1992, the program has a long track record of nurturing and supporting its trainees. Take a closer look at our program.


Our trainees are part of a vibrant institution of learning. The University of Illinois at Chicago is a young, progressive, ground-breaking research university that serves the needs of aspiring students and a devoted top-tier faculty who share a commitment to the promise of public education and the imperative of social justice and civic engagement — doing good and giving back.

In 2013, the Times Higher Education’s worldwide ranking for universities under 50 years old placed UIC as the 19th best young university in the world. We’ve also been recognized as one of the most diverse colleges in the United States. More than a third of our students speak English as a second language. UIC has a higher percentage of Latino and African American students than any Big 10 university.

Learn more about diversity at UIC.

With a hospital, clinics and seven health sciences colleges, UIC offers more graduate study in medicine, public health, nursing, pharmacy, applied health sciences, and dentistry than any other health education institution in the nation. In 2016, UIC was awarded over $313 million in extramural research funding, of which almost half came from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

As part of our comprehensive, structured program, trainees can pursue formal course options across the campus and encounter an abundance of research opportunities in Chicago, an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse city.

Our program considers applications throughout the year. Learn about eligibility criteria.

We are part of the Institute for Health Research and Policy, UIC’s home and incubator for multidisciplinary health research, which aims to reduce health disparities across the lifespan. Learn more about the institute.