Department of Medicine

Application Process


Eligibility & Benefits


We currently are not accepting applications as this time. Please check back at a later date.

Applicants for the Integrative Cancer Epidemiology Training Program must have earned (or be within three months of completing) a Ph.D. in epidemiology or D.V.M. or M.D. degree with a master’s degree in epidemiology from an accredited program. Fellows may be citizens or non-citizen U.S. nationals or international citizens with student visas. Fellowships are funded for three years, renewed annually pending research progress.

Postdoctoral stipends follow NIH guidelines. Fringe benefits include health insurance, paid institutional holidays, paid vacation and sick leave. In addition, support is provided for travel and registration fees for each post-doctoral fellow to attend at least one workshop and one research meeting a year. Each fellow will be allocated a computer and $10,000 per year to spend on lab supplies, relevant analytic software, etc.


Initial Submission


To apply, please submit the following documents to, addressed to Dr. Margaret Spitz. Attachments should be in .pdf or .doc format. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the co-directors and Internal Advisory Committee for feasibility (availability of required data, specimens); for approval by your suggested mentors; and for scientific relevance. A decision on all eligible applications will be made within one month of submission.

  • Transcripts of your graduate career and master's level education in epidemiology
  • Academic CV
  • One-page letter of intent

One-Page Letter of Intent


Your letter of intent should address the following:

  • Specify which research area of integration is of interest to you (e.g., genomics, metabolomics)
  • Identify at least two faculty members from our mentor list (one must be an epidemiologist) with whom you would potentially like to work.
  • Summarize why this program is a good fit for your training and experience.

Applications Under Consideration


Applicants who are considered to meet the criteria, a phone interview may be scheduled. At this phase, you should initiate discussion with your selected mentors. If your application is under consideration, you'll be asked to provide the following documents:

  • A two page description of your career goals and an outline of the proposed research.
  • Signed approval from your prospective mentors (at least one mentor must be an epidemiologist).
  • Three letters of recommendation.

The most competitive candidates will be invited for an interview at Baylor College of Medicine, where they will present their research and meet with prospective program mentors. Airfare and accommodations will be provided.