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Career Development: Fellowships, Internships, Training & Grants

AHCJ- National Cancer Reporting Fellowship

Application deadline: noon CT on Dec. 14

With the support of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, AHCJ will be presenting the AHCJ- National Cancer Reporting Fellowship with expertise from the National Cancer Institute and others.

AHCJ will select journalists to spend three partial days online Jan. 12-14, 2021, with experts from the National Institutes of Health to increase their understanding of and ability to report accurately on complex scientific findings, provide insight into the work of cancer researchers and to better localize cancer-related stories.

Session topics include:

  • COVID-19 and cancer connections

  • Moonshots, dream teams and wars on cancer: What’s ahead?

  • Cancer evidence by the numbers

  • Hands-on exercises: How to understand and relay cancer statistics

  • The world of guidelines and cancer screening

  • How clinical trials work

  • Using SEER and other data resources

  • Storybuilding: Including patients in the equation

Candidates should be working journalists who qualify for AHCJ professional membership – please check here to see if you qualify. The fellowship includes AHCJ membership (new or renewed).

We only ask that you commit to attending all of the sessions with the other fellows.

If you have any questions about this fellowship, please contact Susan Cunningham at or 573-882-2203.

What you'll need to apply:

Application deadline: noon CT on Dec. 14

Please note: ALL files submitted MUST be PDFs. The system will not accept Word or any other file type.

  1. A brief cover letter telling us about yourself, your understanding of the fellowship and why you are applying for this fellowship (PDF, max. 5 MB).

  2. A current résumé (PDF, max. 5 MB).

  3. letter of recommendation from a current supervisor (PDF, max. 5 MB). This letter should comment on your strengths and the likelihood that you and your employer will benefit from the fellowship. The letter should pledge the organization will support the applicant in attending all fellowship sessions. Freelance applicants should include a recommendation from an assigning editor or client.

  4. A URL to one story you published or aired during the past 12 months. If no URL is available, you may attach a PDF or MP3 — max. 15 MB. We strongly encourage broadcasters to upload their material to a service such as YouTube for review if it is not already available online. Note that YouTube allows “unlisted” posting.