Medical School

Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Research

Department of Pediatrics


Research Fellowship in Pediatric Cancer Epidemiology


PEDSEPI Health Sciences Bldgs and RiverThis training program emanates from the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics and the Cancer Center. This program will provide opportunities for both pre- and post-doctoral students to enhance their research training and experience in pediatric cancer epidemiology.

Trainees will have the opportunity to work in a variety of research settings including molecular biology, prevention and etiology, clinical outcomes (including late effects), and exposure and behavior assessment. The Graduate Faculty offer courses in epidemiology, cancer epidemiology, molecular epidemiology, cancer biology, genetic epidemiology, nutrition, methods, human experimental studies, and field research relevant to pediatric cancer.  Further, students will have opportunities for supervised research in basic biology, human laboratory research, study design, analysis, and grant writing.

It is expected that at least two post-doctoral trainees will choose to obtain either a Master's degree in Clinical Research or Public Health through the Graduate School. It is expected that trainees who graduate from this program will have the capacity to undertake pediatric cancer epidemiologic research across a spectrum of disciplines. All trainees will participate in monthly pediatric epidemiology meetings, an annual retreat, and present their own research at national meetings. All trainees will receive instruction in the responsible conduct of research. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.


Applicants must be United States citizens or permanent residents.  The pre-doctoral trainee will be formally admitted into the Ph.D. program in Epidemiology.  Post-doctoral trainees may include medical fellows who have completed their clinical training and are beginning a research training period, as well as recent Ph.D. recipients in health sciences (laboratory, clinical and epidemiology).

Criteria for selection of all trainees include academic performance and a career orientation toward independent research in an academic, clinical, or public health setting.

National Research Service Award: 
T32 CA099936


There are one pre-doctoral and three post-doctoral fellowship positions.

Please contact the Program Director, Dr. Julie Ross, by phone or via e-mail to find out current availability before applying.

Program Director/Mentor
Julie A. Ross, PhD
(612) 626-2902

Program Assistant:
Ginny K.F. Oie
(612) 626-2902

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Program Information
  • Current Fellows

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  • Details of Fellowship Benefits/Obligations

    Based on current NIH-approved levels and years of post-doctoral experience.  For more information, click here.  Annual appointments, with a three-year minimum commitment expected of pre-doctoral trainees, a two-year minimum commitment of postdoctoral trainees.   Five-year maximum pre-doctoral support, three-year maximum post-doctoral support.

    Applies only to postdoctoral trainees during their first 12 months of training. The second and subsequent years of postdoctoral training will serve to pay back a postdoctoral service payback obligation.  For more information, see

    Full payment of tuition and fees.

    Reimbursement of pre-approved travel expenses to one professional meeting per grant year.

    Reimbursement for textbooks and other required course materials, as well as certain other research-related expenses, on a pre-approval basis.

    The monthly premiums are paid for self or family coverage; trainees are required to pay $103.76 per semester.

    Trainees receive stipends during the normal periods of vacation and holidays observed at the University of Minnesota.  The period between spring and fall semesters is an active time of research training and is not considered to be a vacation or holiday.

    Trainees may receive stipends for up to 15 calendar days of sick leave per year.  Sick leave may be used for the medical conditions related to pregnancy and childbirth.  Up to 30 calendar days of parental leave per year is allowed for the adoption or birth of a child.

    Trainees are generally housed individually with the research advisor to whom they are assigned.

    No routine clerical support is provided by the training grant.  An assistant to the Program Director will coordinate administrative functions such as processing of appointment documents, tuition and health insurance premium payments, and reimbursements for travel and other training-related expenses.

  • Fellowship Faculty

    Program Director

    • Julie A. Ross, PhD, Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Epidemiology & Clinical Research; School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology; Master's and PhD Program Faculty

    Medical School

    College of Pharmacy

    College of Veterinary Medicine

    School of Public Health

  • The Fellowship Experience

    Trainees will be provided opportunities to study all aspects of pediatric cancer epidemiology.  The notable feature of this training grant is an exposure to a multi-disciplinary group of investigators who are highly interactive in their research endeavors.  This program allows pediatric cancer epidemiology trainees an opportunity to integrate and work within studies of pediatric cancer in:

    1. the basic laboratory - including studies of genetic susceptibility, exposure and maternal-fetal interactions
    2. the human experimental laboratory - including studies of human metabolism (including diet and chemical carcinogens)
    3. the epidemiologic methodology setting - including survey techniques and identification of adjuncts to questionnaires through validation and comparison studies
    4. etiologic studies including case-control and cohort studies
    5. behavioral assessment and interventions - including smoking cessation

    Predoctoral students will be formally admitted into the PhD program in Epidemiology.  The coursework options in the Division of Epidemiology within the School of Public Health include relevant biologic areas (e.g., Pathology, Cancer Biology, Medical Microbiology, Genetics, Nutrition) to provide a well-rounded approach to pediatric cancer epidemiology. 

    Postdoctoral students will be required to take PubH 6387 (Cancer Epidemiology), PubH 6341 (Epidemiologic Methods 1), PubH 6450 (Biostatistics 1), PubH 8392 (Readings in Pediatric Cancer Epidemiology), and Responsible Conduct in Research.  Additional courses of interest can be chosen based on the trainee's interest.  It is expected that at least two postdoctoral trainees will choose to obtain either a Master's degree in Clinical Research or Public Health through the Division of Epidemiology.

    Fellowship Length

    For predoctoral fellows, the fellowship supports the Ph.D. degree.  A minimum of three years on fellowship is anticipated, with a five-year maximum.

    For postdoctoral fellows, a two-year minimum commitment to traineeship is expected, with a three-year maximum.

    Application Process


    First, confirm that you are eligible* and that a fellowship slot is available.

    Then, complete an application, obtain three references, and mail to:

    Dr. Julie A. Ross
    Division of Epidemiology & Clinical Research
    Department of Pediatrics
    University of Minnesota
    420 Delaware St SE, MMC 422
    Minneapolis, MN 55455

    *A trainee must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the U.S. or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., in possession of a currently valid Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551, or some other legal verification of such status).  Non-citizen nationals are generally persons born in outlying possessions of the U.S. (e.g., American Samoa and Swains Island).  Individuals on temporary or student visas are not eligible.  If your application is approved, we will require proof of citizenship, such as a notarized photocopy of passport or other legal verification.


    Stipends and Benefits

    Current Pre-doctoral Stipend: $22,920
    Current Post-doctoral Stipend: $42,840 - $56,376, based on experience since receipt of the doctoral degree.

    Tuition, fees, health insurance coverage, travel, reimbursement for some research-related expenses, paid vacation/sick leave.

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