Graduate & Postdoctoral Funding

Cancer Center at Illinois Graduate Scholarship Program

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The Cancer Center at Illinois Graduate Cancer Scholarship Program (GCSP) provides graduate students in CCIL member labs with experience preparing research proposals for supporting high-quality collaborative research conducted by those students. The primary criterion for selection is the quality of the proposed research. An applicant must be a Ph.D. candidate in the laboratory of a current CCIL member with at least one CCIL member acting as co-mentor. CCIL Graduate Cancer Scholars will be encouraged to submit an application for an NCI F31 Predoctoral Fellowship and schooled on the process as relevant.

Submission deadline for the next round of funding will be announced soon.


Cancer Center at Illinois Postdoctoral Fellowship

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The Cancer Center at Illinois (CCIL) Postdoctoral Fellowship provides one year of funding for postdoctoral fellows conducting cancer-focused research. The short-term funding is designed to support fellows during their development of an NIH F32 proposal which must be submitted within eight months of receiving the fellowship.

The proposal should be submitted as a single PDF by clicking the button above. 

Proposal Instructions

Dates and Deadlines

  • Proposal Due Date: Rolling, submit any time
  • Award Notification: Most decisions will be made two weeks after submission of the application
  • Funding Release Date: Within two weeks of award


Eligibility requirements for this award  are the same as those for F32 awards and may be found here:

Funding Levels and Restrictions

This one-time support provides $50,000 in funding to fellowship awardees. Awardees must commit to submitting an NIH F32 proposal within eight months of receiving the fellowship and submitting an annual report; mentors must commit to supporting the postdoctoral fellow for two additional years.

Proposal Preparation

The applicant should submit (1) an NIH biosketch, (2) an NIH biosketch for mentor and co-mentors, (3) a statement of when the full F32 proposal will be submitted, and (4) an NIH F32 “preproposal” consisting of the following:


Section of Application Page Limits
Project Summary/Abstract 30 lines of text
Project Narrative Three sentences
Introduction to Submission 1
Applicant’s Background and Goals for Training 1
Specific Aims 1
Research Strategy 3
Sponsor and Co-Sponsor Statements 6
Letters of Support from Collaborators, Contributors, and Consultants 6

Review Criteria

  • Significant priority will be given to proposals submitted to the NCI
  • Significant priority will be given to projects aligning with the CCIL Strategic Plan
  • Significant priority will be given to collaborative projects between current CCIL members, translational research between CCIL members and physicians from our clinical partner organizations, or research that utilizes CCIL Shared Resources

Award Expectation

Awardees are expected to submit an F32 proposal within eight months of receiving the award and provide a one page annual report regarding the outcomes of their project highlighting external funding received, patents, awards, and publications accepted. Details on NCI F32 application requirements can be found here:

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