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Oncology Center of Excellence Fellows Program

The purpose of the Oncology Center of Excellence Fellows Program is to familiarize fellows training in hematology and/or oncology with the role of the FDA throughout all phases of oncology drug or biological product development and research. Fellows will gain professional experience under the mentorship of Medical Officers in the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Fellows will also have the opportunity to interact with scientists dedicated to cancer research and product review in the Center for Biologic Evaluation and Research (cellular and gene therapies, vaccines) and the Center for Devices and Radiologic Health (in vitro diagnostics, therapeutic devices).

Hematology and oncology fellows currently enrolled in an ACGME accredited fellowship program may apply for this 8-week program. Rotations are offered three times a year: September-October, February-March, and May-June. Approval from the fellowship program director and a background check are required. This is a volunteer-based program. FDA will not provide transportation or housing. Application deadlines are provided below:

 Rotation Date Application Deadline Notification of Selection
 February-March 2018 October 31, 2017 November 30, 2017
 May-June 2018 January 31, 2018 February 28, 2018
September-October 2018 May 31, 2018June 30, 2018


  • Submit a one-page personal statement, your resume, and a brief statement from your fellowship program director in support of your application to FDAoncology@fda.hhs.gov.
  • In the subject line of your email, indicate what rotation slot(s) you are interested in (February-March 2018, May-June 2018, and/or September-October 2018).
  • In your personal statement, explain how this rotation will fit in with your career plans and include your specific area(s) of interest within hematology or oncology (e.g., breast cancer, GI cancers, benign/malignant hematology, etc.).


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