Immuno-Informatics Postdoctoral Fellowship

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Apply for the Immuno-Informatics Postdoctoral Fellowship

There is a burgeoning need in cancer immunology for scientists with expertise and understanding in both quantitative and biological sciences. The combination of these two areas of research is seen as critical next steps to fuel the discovery of new immunotherapies. 

The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) Immuno-Informatics Postdoctoral Fellowship Program aims to support qualified young scientists at academic research institutions around the world who wish to receive dual training in immunology and data science. The fellowships will support both computational biologists who seek to strengthen their knowledge of immunology and cancer immunologists who seek training in computational biology, data science, and/or genomics under the mentorship of world-renowned scientists in these disciplines. We will also consider applicants from diverse PhD fields who will train at the interface of cancer immunology and computational biology. The program is designed to train and equip the next generation of scientists with the knowledge and practical tools to pursue novel research ideas bridging immunology and computational biology. 

Financial Information

Fellowships are for three years. Beginning with the March 1, 2023, deadline (for new awards beginning July 1, 2023), newly awarded fellowships provide a stipend of $74,000 for the first year, $76,000 for the second year, and $78,000 for the third year. An allowance of $5,000 per year is allotted to the host institution for use at the sponsor’s discretion to help pay for the fellow’s research supplies, travel to scientific meetings, health insurance, and/or childcare. CRI provides additional support for fellows to attend CRI’s annual International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference (CICON), and to participate in CRI’s soon-to-be-launched Bioinformatics Bootcamp.

Deductions for administrative overhead are not allowed from either the stipend or the institutional allowance. Payments are made monthly in U.S. currency to the host institution.


The application deadlines are March 1 and September 1; when those dates fall on the weekend, applications are due the following Monday. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Eastern Time on these dates. Applicants are notified of fellowship committee decisions within approximately 14-16 weeks of the application deadline.

Fellowships can be activated four months after the application deadline but no later than one year following the deadline. Awards activate on the first of the month.


Project Criteria 

Project must be hypothesis-driven in basic or translational cancer immunology or immunology. The applicant should make every effort to demonstrate the potential of the proposed study to directly impact our understanding of the immune system’s role in cancer by leveraging the use of innovative technologies and/or computational methods including high throughput “omic” methods and data analyses. A successful proposal will include how the project intends to address the current gaps in cancer immunology.

The application should also address new skills expected to be gained by the applicant in either immunology and/or computational biology including theoretical knowledge and practical skills. Applicants are encouraged to identify a secondary co-mentor in addition to their primary sponsor that addresses the gaps in their knowledge of either immunology or computational biology.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicants for the CRI Immuno-Informatics Postdoctoral Fellowship must be working in areas directly related to immunology or cancer immunology. An eligible project must fall into the broad field of immunology with relevance to solving the cancer problem.
  • Applicants must have a doctoral degree by the date of award activation and must conduct their proposed research under a sponsor who holds a formal appointment as an assistant professor or higher rank at the host institution.
  • Applicants with 5 or more years of relevant postdoctoral experience at the time of award activation are not eligible, with the exception of MD applicants, who should not include years of residency in this calculation.
  • Only in exceptional circumstances will applicants who have already spent 3 or more years in a sponsor’s laboratory by the start date of fellowship be considered for a fellowship award.
  • The fellowship must be performed at a non-profit institution in the United States or abroad. There are no citizenship restrictions.
  • Only one fellow per sponsor may apply per application round, and faculty sponsors may not have more than three CRI-supported fellows at any time.

Before you can access the online application form, you will first be asked to answer six questions that will help determine whether you are eligible to apply for a CRI Fellowship. If you meet the required criteria, you will be directed to the online application. If you do not meet the required criteria, please do not apply, as your application will be eliminated for administration reasons. 

Instructions for Applying

The application process requires you to complete a PDF application form for institutional signatures and certification. You will upload this form along with your other supporting materials. 

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Supporting Materials

After you have filled out all required fields on the online application, you are asked to upload as part of your application the following supporting documentation in PDF format:

  1. The entire PDF application form, please make sure all signatures have been obtained.
  2. Brief description of the applicant’s background and research accomplishments. Not to exceed one page.
  3. Provide a brief description of the knowledge and skillsets you aim to attain during your CRI funded training period. Describe the gaps in your knowledge and skillsets that have been missing from your training to this point and how specifically this  training opportunity will help fill those gaps and enhance your understanding of immunology and/or computational biology (examples may include opportunities in the mentor/co-mentor lab, resources available at training institution, external training opportunities etc.) Maximum 250 words.
  4. List of other funding sources to which applications have been or will be submitted, with due dates.
  5. Applicant’s curriculum vitae and bibliography (NIH biosketch preferred).
  6. Brief summary of your project, including a description of how the proposed research is relevant to understanding the role of the immune system in cancer and/or the treatment of cancer through immunological means. Not to exceed one page.
  7. Abstract of research in non-technical English explaining the importance of the proposed research and its potential clinical relevance. The abstract will be used for fundraising purposes and submitted to CRI’s lay Board of Trustees. Abstract limited to 250 words.
  8. Specific aims of the project. Not to exceed 1 page.
  9. Concise research proposal (background, significance, materials and methods) not to exceed 4 pages inclusive of tables and figures, exclusive of references.
  10. *Letter from the sponsor introducing the applicant and describing the sponsor’s qualifications to direct the proposed research. The letter must contain assurance that the applicant’s project will be conducted under the direct supervision of the sponsor. Finally, sponsors are asked to indicate whether the application was written by the applicant and also whether any preliminary data included in the proposal was generated by the applicant or by the lab prior to the applicant’s arrival.
  11. *Sponsor’s curriculum vitae/biosketch and a list of sponsor’s current research support. NIH biosketch is preferred. If including a formal C.V. then limit bibliography to past 5 years.
  12. *Letter from the co-mentor describing their qualifications and the training environment that will address the gaps in the applicant’s knowledge of either immunology or computational biology.
  13. *Co-mentor’s curriculum vitae/biosketch and a list of sponsor’s current research support. NIH biosketch is preferred. If including a formal C.V. then limit bibliography to past 5 years.
  14. *Two letters of recommendation are required. One letter must be from the applicant’s thesis advisor. Applicants who received an MD or otherwise who do not have a thesis advisor should have some other qualified individual submit this letter. The second letter should be from an individual well acquainted with the applicant’s work. The sponsor may not submit one of these letters. If the sponsor was also the applicant’s thesis advisor, you must contact CRI for further instruction.


  • Applications exceeding stated page limits will be disqualified.
  • Only PDF documents will be accepted. All files must be submitted individually on the attachments page of the online application. 
  • When you have finished uploading the attachments, click “Submit.” You will receive a notice confirming that you have successfully submitted your Application Form. Immediately after, an automated notification from CRI will be sent to your email address, also confirming submission. If you encounter problems uploading your attachment, email it to [email protected]. Be sure to note the application number, which will be assigned to you at the time of submission.
  • Online applications will be accepted until 5 p.m. Eastern Time on the deadline date. If the deadline falls on the weekend, applications will be accepted until the close of business that following Monday. We strongly suggest submitting your applications as early as possible to provide ample time in case your application is incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • *Documents 9 through 13 should be submitted directly by the applicant via the online application form as a PDF. While direct online submission of recommendation letters by the applicant is preferred, a referee may instead scan a copy of their letter as a PDF and email it to [email protected]. Please include with the email the name of the applicant and the application ID in the subject line of the email. 
  • All letters should be scanned in grayscale at a maximum resolution of 300 dpi to keep file size to a minimum. Do not scan in color, as this will significantly increase the file size, which could potentially cause uploading problems.
  • Any documents you attach to your online application form must be typed single-space using a 12 point or larger font size.

Award Terms and Conditions

All awardees must adhere to the terms of this award.

Please note: The Cancer Research Institute will not modify the terms of its policies at the request of individual institutions. Policies have been approved by our Board of Trustees, and we do not have the resources to negotiate separately with the many institutions that receive our support.

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