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Career Development: Fellowships, Internships, Training & Grants

National Cancer Reporting Fellowships

The deadline to apply has passed.

With the support of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust, AHCJ will be presenting the National Cancer Reporting Fellowships with expertise from the National Cancer Institute and others. AHCJ will select 10-12 journalists to spend four days on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., 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:

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

  • Deep dive: Immunotherapy

  • Cancer evidence by the numbers

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

  • The world of guidelines and cancer screening

  • Social determinants: Addressing disparities in access to quality health care and clinical trials

  • How clinical trials work

  • Hands-on exercises: Using SEER and

  • Deep dive: Genomics

  • Storybuilding: Including patients in the equation

  • Deep dive: Diet and cancer risk

  • Clinical center tours

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), travel expenses within the United States, a food stipend and lodging.

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

The 2019 fellowship will be Nov. 4-7. 

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

What you'll need to apply:

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 the full fellowship week. 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.