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2021 Application Timeline

  • January 19, 2021: Application cycle opens
  • March 22, 2021: Application cycle closes at 5:00 p.m. ET
  • May 2021 – June 2021: Interview of selected candidates
  • July 2021: Announcement of selected Scholar(s)
  • September 2021: Program start date
  • August 2022: Program end date

Please see the NCI/AcademyHealth Healthcare Delivery Research Visiting Scholars Program application packet for detailed application instructions. 

Questions? Contact AcademyHealth staff

Eligibility Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • A doctoral degree or a clinical degree with a research masters in a relevant area such as economics, epidemiology, health services, or another public health or social science
  • Ranking of Associate Professor, or equivalent, or a record of research independence. See preferred qualifications below.
  • Record of first or senior authored publications relevant to health care delivery research, with or without a focus on cancer
  • Ability to commit 20-35% full-time equivalent over a one-year period. Due to COVID-19, NCI and the Scholars will discuss the safest and most feasible way for the Scholar to spend time and interact with NCI staff.
  • Employment at a US-based institution (note that the institution must agree to a temporary assignment of personnel using the Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Program)

Preferred Qualifications

  • Record of research independence documented by service as a Principal Investigator, Site Principal Investigator, or lead of a major sub-project funded through a large, multi-year contract or grant (R01 or comparable) from an organization such as NIH, AHRQ, NSF, PCORI, ACS, RWJF, etc.  This excludes career awards and pilot projects.

Required Application Materials

Applications must include:

  • A completed Application Form, including:
    • Curriculum Vitae. (Not to exceed 20 pages, single-sided) Include publications and major presentations; previous fellowships, scholarships, honors and awards; and previous and current grant funding of the applicant.
    • Work Plan. (Not to exceed two pages, single-sided) Provide a description of the project that the Scholar proposes to lead during the one-year program.
    • Outline of Career Goals. (Not to exceed one page, single sided) Statement about how serving as a Scholar will advance the applicant’s career goals.
  • Supporting documentation, including:
    • Two letters of recommendation. Applicants must indicate referee information as part of the application. All letters must be:
      • On official letterhead 
      • Signed by your reference

*Applicants should include their full name on all supporting application materials. Please note: candidates may be asked to complete a telephone interview.

Selection Criteria

The selection committee will evaluate the applications based on:  

  • Relevance and potential contribution of the proposed activity to address an important healthcare delivery question or gap in the cancer continuum;
  • Clarity of the description of proposed activity;
  • Feasibility of completing the activity in a one-year timeframe;
  • Relevance of long term career goals to the healthcare delivery research field;
  • Prior research productivity, including funding and published manuscripts; and
  • Written and oral communication skills, interpersonal skills, and ability to collaborate with peers.

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All AcademyHealth applications will be kept confidential and will only be used for the purpose of evaluating applicants. By submitting your application to AcademyHealth for consideration, you acknowledge that AcademyHealth will not return submitted materials to applicants.