The NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition (F99/K00) Award supports outstanding Ph.D. and other Research Doctoral candidates complete their dissertation research training and transition in a timely manner to mentored, cancer-focused postdoctoral career development research positions.

The F99/K00 award is meant to provide up to 6 years of support in two phases:

  • The initial (F99) phase will provide support for 1-2 years of dissertation research (final experiments, dissertation preparation, and selection of a postdoctoral mentor).
  • The second (K00) phase will provide up to 4 years of mentored postdoctoral research and career development support, contingent upon successful completion of the doctoral degree requirements and securing a cancer-focused postdoctoral position at a new institution.

The two award phases are intended to be continuous in time meaning gaps are not permitted between the completion of the PhD requirements (i.e. acceptance of the PhD thesis by the institution and not when the degree is conferred) and the start of the K00 phase. A K00 award will be made only to a PD/PI who has successfully completed the F99-supported training, secured a cancer-focused postdoctoral appointment, and provided NCI with a strong research and career development plan.


Applicants for the F99 should be third or fourth graduate students nominated by their institutions.


This is a limited submission competition, which means that students do not apply directly to NCI. Instead, universities conduct internal competitions, and each university may submit one nomination to NCI for consideration in the national competition. UChicago students should contact their departmental administrator to determine the nomination process within their school or division.

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