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The program is guided by an advisory committee that provides strategic direction and plays a key role in selecting candidates.

Program Requirements


Visiting Scholars are expected to lead a project of their own design and to collaborate with NCI staff on at least one other project.  Scholars may take on additional collaborative projects if time permits.  Scholars’ primary responsibility will be to lead an activity with the ultimate goal of improving healthcare delivery in at least one area of the cancer continuum (i.e. prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, or end-of-life care).  Possible activities include but are not limited to:

Time, Travel, and Cost Commitment


The expected time commitment is flexible so that Scholars can maintain their major responsibilities in their current institution.

  • Scholars will devote a minimum of 20% full time equivalent and up to 35% full time equivalent over a one-year period. 
  • Scholars will be expected to spend at least two days per month  on-site at NCI’s Shady Grove facility in Rockville, MD.
  • Scholars will be provided with salary and benefits through an agreement with their institution to cover their full time equivalent commitment as well as mentorship throughout the program. 
  • Travel costs, including lodging and a per diem, and salary coverage up to the NIH limit for grants will be provided. 
  • The specific time commitment and travel schedule will be negotiated once Scholars are accepted into the Program.

Selection of Candidates


  • We anticipate that two Scholars will be accepted into the program for academic year 2020. 
  • Preference will be given to individuals with a background in economics for one of the available slots.
  • Applicants with expertise in behavioral economics; measurement and analysis of contextual factors; and precision medicine are also of particular interest. 
  • All applicants are expected to have a strong interest in cancer research, although prior experience is not required.

Benefits of Being a Scholar


AcademyHealth will provide Scholars with the following benefits: