AcademyHealth staff with scholar Dr. Virginia Sun at the 2022 Annual Research Meeting in Washington, D.C.
AcademyHealth staff with scholar Dr. Virginia Sun at the 2022 Annual Research Meeting in Washington, D.C.


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 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.

Interested in Applying for this Program?

Applications are now closed. To receive information about this program and the next application cycle, please fill out this brief interest form.

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2021-2022 Visiting Scholar

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Member, Researcher

Virginia Sun, Ph.D., R.N.

Associate Professor - City of Hope

Dr. Sun is an Associate Professor in the Department of Population Sciences and the Department of Surgery at City of Hope. Read Bio

Read more about Dr. Sun's time as a Visiting Scholar in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Learn more about past scholars here.

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