NCI Scholar
AcademyHealth and NCI staff with the 2017-18 scholar at the 2018 Annual Research Meeting in Seattle.


The NCI/AcademyHealth Healthcare Delivery Research Visiting Scholars Program was launched in 2017 by the Healthcare Delivery Research Program of NCI in partnership with AcademyHealth to address key gaps and advance the field of cancer care delivery research.

This unique program offers mid-career researchers a year-long, funded part-time opportunity to contribute evidence and address cancer care challenges by conducting research and pursuing projects at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Rockville, MD. The program provides individuals with protected time to develop new research directions that advance both their own career goals and the field.

Why Become a Scholar?

  • Work closely with NCI staff in the Healthcare Delivery Research Program and gain access to NCI data and resources to improve healthcare delivery and address cancer care challenges.
  • Expand your professional network by connecting with new partners and collaborators and increase your professional visibility by presenting your research at the Annual Research Meeting (ARM) and a public webinar.  
  • Deepen your understanding of the federal grant-making process.

Learn more about the benefits of the program.

The Visiting Scholar(s) is housed in NCI’s Healthcare Delivery Research Program (HDRP).  HDRP’s mission is to advance innovative research to improve the delivery of cancer-related care and it accomplishes this work through its three Branches: Healthcare Assessment Research Branch, Health Systems and Interventions Research Branch, and Outcomes Research Branch

2021 Application Cycle

This year's application cycle has closed.

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2019-2020 Visiting Scholar

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Member, Researcher

Shellie Ellis, M.A., Ph.D.

Associate Professor - University of Kansas

Dr. Shellie Ellis is an Associate Professor at the University of Kansas. Read Bio

Recorded Webinar: Putting Rural Cancer Care Research on the Map: Capacity for Cancer Care Delivery Research in Rural America

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