Fellowship Opportunity

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is pleased to invite applications from qualified candidates for a paid communications fellowship in the Office of Cancer Survivorship (OCS), within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). OCS works to enhance the quality and length of survival of all persons diagnosed with cancer and to prevent, minimize, or manage adverse effects of cancer and its treatment. 

This full-time fellowship position is based in Rockville, Maryland. It provides a qualified fellow with a unique opportunity for training and professional development in communicating scientific and health-related information to a variety of audiences while also being an integral part of the NCI OCS team. 

Position Description

The fellow will join OCS, housed within the DCCPS Office of the Director, and will oversee and assist in a variety of communications efforts focused on cancer survivorship. 

Specific duties will include:

  • Interviewing survivors and capturing their stories for the OCS Cancer Survivors Stories page, https://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/ocs/resources/survivor-stories.
  • Updating OCS website materials, including writing information regarding cancer survivorship research, and promoting through the relatively new OCS Twitter account, https://twitter.com/NCICancerSurv.
  • Creating content that highlights funded survivorship investigators and their research.
  • Exploring website analytics and making recommendations for future efforts.
  • If the fellow is interested in social media, we would welcome ideas for our Twitter account. 
  • Other interesting and educational projects as they arise. Please note that projects can be tailored to the fellow’s interests and professional goals.
  • Participating in trainings that are of interest to the fellow.


  • Bachelor’s or master’s degree in communications or marketing, biomedical science, or public health-related field.
  • Some experience with health communications, science writing, or marketing.
  • Strong interest in cancer survivorship and/or science and health communication.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and experience managing projects.
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team, and also work well independently on self-directed projects.
  • Experience using graphic design and video editing software such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, or Premiere Pro, and infographic generators such as Venngage or Canva is desirable, but not required.
  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Stipend and Benefits

The starting salary is approximately $40,100 for a trainee with a relevant bachelor’s degree and $46,700 for a trainee with a relevant master’s degree. The fellow will be hired through the Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA) mechanism. Stipends for fellows are adjusted yearly and are commensurate with academic achievement and relevant experience. For information on health insurance benefits available for CRTA fellows, visit https://faes.org/content/health-insurance-services

The OCS office is easily accessible by car or public transportation from surrounding locations in the Washington, D.C. area. 

Fellows will attend relevant scientific and communications meetings, seminars, and workshops for training and professional development purposes. 

Application Requirements

  • One-page cover letter describing your interest in this fellowship, your professional background, and how you see this position furthering your career goals. Also include your earliest start date.
  • CV or resume (include citizenship status).
  • Contact information for two professional references, along with a brief description of your work and its duration with these individuals.
  • Three writing samples (these can be a combination of short, written pieces and educational or marketing materials like brochures, event announcements, etc.).

All application materials must be submitted electronically to NCIOCSInquiries@mail.nih.gov. Please include the following in the e-mail subject line: EGRP Communications Fellow 2022. 

Additional Information

DCCPS is deeply committed to building a diverse health sciences workforce that maintains, fosters, and promotes an equitable, inclusive, accessible, and nurturing work environment. Diverse teams foster scientific innovation, improve the quality of research, contribute their lived experiences to a robust learning environment, advance the likelihood that underserved or health disparity populations participate in and benefit from health research, and enhance public trust.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor. More details are available at https://www.eeoc.gov/federal-sector/federal-employees-job-applicants

Application Deadline

This announcement will remain active until the position has been filled. 

Start Date

The ideal start date will be in September 2022 but is negotiable. 


Nicole Saiontz, MHS  
NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship 
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences 
National Cancer Institute 
Email: NCIOCSInquiries@nih.gov  

Last Updated
July 21, 2022