Training Program in Nervous System Tumors



Now Accepting Applications for 2020 Training Program in Nervous System Tumors

Application Deadline: November 18, 2019

The Massachusetts General Hospital is pleased to offer a National Cancer Institute-sponsored, 2-year research/training fellowship in nervous system tumors.

AWARD DETAILS: 2 years of sponsored research experience, and didactic research training
ANTICIPATED AWARD DATES: July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2022

Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent U.S. residents, must have completed clinical training in neurology, neurosurgery, medical oncology, pediatric oncology or radiation oncology and must be eligible for HMS appointment at the Fellow or Instructor level. 

The program consists of 2 years of research experience as well as didactic training in clinical research methodology. Trainees are expected to devote at least 75% effort to research training. Trainees should engage in laboratory-based or clinical translational research on nervous system tumors under the guidance of an experienced mentor. 

Awardees will be notified by Friday December 13, 2019.

An application consists of: 1) project description (2 pages maximum), 2) curriculum vitae (HMS format) and 3) three letters of recommendation.

Applications should be submitted as a single pdf via email to:

Leah Hesse, Ph.D.
K12 Program Administrator 


The K12 training grant is designed for individuals who have completed clinical training in an Oncology discipline (Medical Oncology, Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, etc) and who desire a translational research experience in preparation for a career in academic medicine. Training is funded by NCI through the Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology (K12). The educational experience is uniquely tailored to each Scholar based on individual Scholar’s background.

Over 20 Scholars have completed this program. View the Scholars page.

  • Timeline: The mentored Scholar period is a commitment for two years with at least 75% protected effort. The program cycle generally runs from July 1 to June 30 each year. View the Timeline page.
  • Program guidance: Program is lead by two directors and advised by 3 Advisory Boards (Internal, External, Alumni), and includes a biostatistician and program administration. View the Contacts page, or view the Advisors page.
  • Compensation and effort: Scholars receive salary support and commit at least 75% of full time professional effort to research training. All Scholars receive around a $30,000 annual budget to be used for: supplies, tuition, travel, dues, books, technical and statistical support.
  • Scholar Mentorship: Each Scholar chooses a 3-4 person mentoring committee consisting of clinical and basic science researchers and meets with them at least twice per year. View the Faculty page.

Key Training elements include View the Training page.

  • Basic Science Research
  • Clinical Research
  • Didactic core curriculum

Other requirements

  • Complete NCI/Partners Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training requirements
  • Present “K12 project updates” twice per year at weekly MGH Neuro Oncology Fellowship Meeting
  • Provide an annual progress report
  • Evaluate mentors and the overall program twice per year