Postbaccalaureate Training

The NCI Center for Cancer Research offers a variety of training opportunities for recent college graduates.  Trainees may spend one year (or several years) working with world-class biomedical researchers on NCI’s campuses in Bethesda and Frederick, Maryland.

A scientist with Dr. Marchand's Molecular Pharmacology Group, circa 2009.

Who Can Apply?

  • Recent college graduates with a bachelor of science degree or the equivalent in the health sciences
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents

How Do I Apply?


NCI Master's CRTA – The NCI Master's CRTA is designed to produce a cadre of highly trained research support personnel.  College graduates and individuals who hold a master's degree spend 2-3 years mastering the latest and most advanced techniques for basic and/or applied research at NCI.

Johns Hopkins-NCI Master of Science in Biotechnology  – This joint training program, which results in a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, focuses on bioassay development, chemical libraries, molecular targets and cancer, and high-throughput screening laboratory automation.