VCU Massey Cancer Center


Education & training for postdoctoral fellows

VCU Massey Cancer Center offers postdoctoral training through a vast array of extramurally funded, highly productive laboratories of Massey research members. The objective of our training programs is to provide an integrated educational experience that prepares fellows for successful independent research careers. One unique feature of these training programs is the emphasis on basic research along with their translational application within the context of existing Massey interdisciplinary research programs, which include: Cancer Cell Signaling, Cancer Molecular Genetics, Cancer Prevention and Control and Developmental Therapeutics.

Postdoctoral Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control

This 2-3 year individually tailored, multidisciplinary training program is an NCI-funded T32 postdoctoral training program to equip trainees to be future CPC leaders. Participants will have the opportunity to enroll in VCU’s MPH program. Pilot funds are also available to help support research and travel.   

The program offers a core curriculum in the science and practice of conducting CPC research, individualized training opportunities and mentorship through research experience. Areas of research broadly include behavioral cancer prevention and control and health services/outcomes research.

Specific opportunists include (but are not limited to):   

  • Cancer communication, including the use of social media and digital/mHealth
  • Cancer health disparities
  • Cancer healthcare economics
  • Survivorship and outcomes research
  • Community-engaged research
  • Health behavior research, obesity, tobacco control and cancer screening

Qualified PhDs and MDs are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Read the PostDoc CPC Ad for more information and instructions on how to apply. For additional questions about the program, email the co-director, Bernard Fuemmeler, PhD, MPH, at

Massey Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellowships

Massey Cancer Center offers cancer research postdoctoral fellowships to provide mentored research training to promising scientists and physician-scientists who have the potential to become productive, independent cancer research investigators and successfully compete for peer-reviewed, extramural funding.

The fellowships are offered within two separate tracks:

  • Cancer Laboratory Research Track: All theoretical and experimental research projects relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention are welcomed under this track.
  • Cancer Prevention & Control (CPC) Track: Research projects related to topics in cancer prevention and control including (but not limited to) cancer policy and economics, communication and decision making, survivorship, disparities, community-engaged research and behavioral interventions will be acceptable for the CPC track. 

The purpose of these fellowships is to provide mentored research training to promising scientists and physician scientists who have the potential to become productive, independent cancer research investigators and successfully compete for peer reviewed extramural funding. Applications are due on October 1, 2018. Application guidelines can be accessed below. For assistance accessing information related to our programs or additional information please contact Morgan Hembarsky at or at 804-828-3114.

Post Doc RFA 2018

Post Doc Guidelines 2018

VCU Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA)

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) offers the Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Awards (IRACDA) to support the development of a diverse group of highly trained scientists to address the nation’s biomedical research needs. The program promotes consortia between research-intensive institutions (RII) and partner institutions that have a historical mission and a demonstrated commitment to providing training, encouragement and assistance to students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research enterprise of the nation. The IRACDA program combines a traditional mentored postdoctoral research experience with an opportunity to develop academic skills, including teaching, through workshops and mentored teaching assignments at a partner institution. The program is expected to facilitate the progress of postdoctoral candidates toward research and teaching careers in academia. Other goals are to provide a resource to motivate the next generation of scientists at partner institutions and to promote linkages between RIIs and partner institutions that can lead to further collaborations in research and teaching. The VCU IRACDA program is co-directed by Massey Cancer Center research members Paul B. Fisher, M.Ph.,Ph.D., and Joyce Lloyd, Ph.D. VCU partners with Virginia State University (VSU) and Virginia Union University (VUU), with a significant body of trainees working in the laboratories of Massey research members.

Learn more about the VCU IRACDA program.

Training grants

Several training grants from the National Institutes of Health are currently active at VCU.

NIH training grants

A number of funding sources from federal and non-federal sponsors offer fellowships and training grants.

Learn more about the funding opportunities available for postdoctoral fellows at VCU by viewing this list of funding announcements for training grants.

Additional resources for postdoctoral fellows at VCU are available at the Office of Research and Innovation.

Learn more about these resources.

How-to Talks by Postdocs

How-to Talks by Postdocs is a series of instructional brown-bag lunch talks for the general VCU health sciences and VA Biotechnology Research Park community taught by postdoctoral fellows. These are not seminar talks, but an opportunity for postdocs to share hands-on knowledge and insights related to the health sciences. Each How-to Talk is about one-hour, is free and takes place on Mondays in the second-floor lecture room (2-010) of the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences (MCV Campus). This series is coordinated by the Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences (VCU Libraries), C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Center for Clinical and Translational Research and the VCU Postdoctoral Association.

Learn more about the How-to-Talks by Postdocs.

For assistance accessing information related to our programs, please contact Morgan Hembarsky, Program coordinator at or 804-828-3114.