Black in Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship


Black in Cancer aims to strengthen the network between black people in the cancer space whilst highlighting black excellence in cancer research and medicine. 

In pursuit of this mission, Black in Cancer will be highlighting Black excellence in the field of cancer research by awarding a postdoctoral fellowship to an outstanding member of the cancer research community who embodies the principles of the organization. The goals of this award are to advance innovative strategies that will lead to preventions, treatments, or cures for cancers of all types, promote research into disparities in cancer outcomes in the Black community, and increase Black representation in the cancer research community.

The Black in Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship will provide up to three years of financial support for an ambitious scientific project, including one in its early stages and/or not currently supported by grants from the NIH, NSF, DoD, or other government agencies. In an effort to help the awardee achieve success in a tenure-track position, the fellowship can also be used to provide funding that bridges this transitional stage of an academic career. The award will provide $75,000 per year while the awardee is a trainee but will increase to $100,000 per year if/when the awardee accepts an academic tenure-track position.

This award opportunity is offered in collaboration with Emerald Foundation, Inc., which is a private biomedical research foundation that invests in research projects in the fields ofoncology, neurodegenerative diseases, autoimmune disorders, heritable congenital diseases, and other conditions that are incompletely understood and have been resistant to treatment. Within these program areas, invited research proposals can cover the range of cell biology, genetically engineered mouse models (and those in other organisms), immunology, microbiology, synthetic chemistry, bioinformatics, nanotechnology, and beyond. Emerald Foundation, Inc. is proud to partner with Black in Cancer to facilitate more Black postdoctoral researchers transitioning to faculty positions.


To begin the grantmaking process, Black in Cancer asks applicants to send a Letter of Inquiry, which should be 1–2 pages in length and explain the clinical implications and scientific rationale of the project. The letter should also include a brief summary of the research plan and describe any essential preliminary data; however, data/figures are not required. If you feel that your letter would be enhanced by a previous publication from your lab, please include the PDF as a separate attachment with your Letter of Inquiry. After submitting a Letter of Inquiry, applicants will be contacted if a full proposal is requested.

Letters of inquiry should be emailed as a PDF. 

Letter of inquiry  deadline:  2 August 2021