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USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellowship Program

The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Postdoctoral Fellowship Program (Norris Postdoctoral Fellowship) provides postdoctoral training opportunities in cancer research to promising researchers who have received a doctoral or medical degree and who have the potential to become productive and successful independent cancer research investigators.

A Norris Postdoctoral Fellowship is a type of traineeship and emphasizes mentored research supervision and training in scientific writing, grant and manuscript preparation. A Norris Postdoctoral Fellowship is a period of advanced training intended to develop the skills needed to promote the career of the postdoctoral scholar, under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Mentors are responsible for providing a training environment that is suited to the individual needs of the postdoctoral scholar for personal and professional growth. A Norris Postdoctoral Fellow may not be asked or directed to perform tasks or perform work on behalf of the mentor or university, or on behalf of a research sponsor. Their responsibilities are defined by a well defined and tailored research training plan, including a description of the research strategy well-suited to the stage of the postdoctoral scholar’s career development to date. As such, Norris Postdoctoral Fellows are not employees of the University and, therefore, provide no service to the University.

To be considered for a Norris Postdoctoral Fellowship, an applicant should submit a CV, three letters of recommendation, a research plan including a description of the research strategy, a cover letter describing the skills and techniques that he or she expects to learn during the training period, and discussing the relationship and/or impact of the proposed research training plan to the applicant’s career goals. The applicant must describe the background leading to the proposed research, the significance of the research, the research approach (design and methods) for achieving the specific aims, the rationale, and expected/alternative outcomes of the proposed studies. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

The USC Norris Postdoctoral Fellowship Program is funded from various funding sources, including but not limited to NIH funded training grants, fellowship awards to investigators, and several endowed or gifted postdoctoral fellowships that are awarded each year. Some of these funding sources are listed below:

Cancer Control and Epidemiology Research Training Grant (5 T32 CA009492-33)
Training of Physician Scientists in Cancer Research Grant (5 T32 CA 009659-22)
Lyndon E. Robb Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship
ARCS (Achievement Rewards for College Scientists) Postdoctoral Scholarship

To be considered, please submit your application packet (in one PDF file) with Subject Line: Norris Postdoctoral Fellowship to the Cancer Center Administration Office at