How to Apply

You must have either an MD or DO degree. Applicants with a PhD or combined MD, PhD degrees are NOT eligible.

Complete applications should be submitted electronically to the K12 program manager via e-mail: MEDK12Applications@MSK.org

The application should conform to NIH guidelines with respect to formatting (e.g. font size and margins).

Completed applications should include the following:

  • Completed cover sheet
  • A full curriculum vitae (not an NIH biosketch)
  • A 1-page career plan from the applicant demonstrating a commitment to academic translational research and how the K12 program will help the applicant achieve this goal.
  • A research proposal (limit to 6 pages) including:
    • Abstract and specific aims (1 page)
    • Research Strategy (5 pages)
      • Significance
      • Innovation
      • Preliminary studies
      • Approach
      • Impact statement
    • Literature cited, figures, and information regarding human subjects research and vertebrate animal research (these items are NOT included in the 6-page limit).
  • A letter from the respective Department Chair addressing:
    • The applicant’s prospect for developing into an independently funded academic translational cancer investigator (MSK applicants).
    • The department’s assurance that the applicant will be promoted to a junior level faculty position, with clinical privileges if the applicant is a senior fellow. (MSK applicants).
    • The department’s assurance of at least 70-80% protected time for research as a K12 scholar (MSK applicants).
    • Applicants from institutions outside of MSK will be required initially to submit a letter from the respective Department Chair at their current institution regarding the applicant’s prospect for developing into an independently funded academic translational cancer investigator.
  • Letters of recommendation from both the applicant’s clinical and laboratory mentors including statements of commitment to the applicant as well as a brief summary of the mentor’s planned training program.

The criteria for selecting scholars will be based on the selection committee’s assessment of the candidate’s potential, the scientific merit and feasibility of the applicant’s research proposal, and the submitted letter of recommendation. Applications from women and minorities are strongly encouraged.

Dates and Deadlines

  • Electronic application deadline: May 25, 2018 at 5:00 pm
  • Interview finalists: June 04 – 08, 2018
  • Notification of award: July 02, 2018
  • Appointment start date:  August 1, 2018

For more information about the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center K12 Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology and/or the application process, please email: MEDK12Applications@MSK.org