Mazumdar-Shaw International Post Doctoral Oncology Fellowship Program



MIT has established the Mazumdar-Shaw International Oncology Fellows Program: a high-impact, bilateral collaboration with India focusing on cancer research training as its cornerstone. The aim of the Mazumdar-Shaw International Oncology Fellows Program is to help raise a new generation of cancer researchers in India whose careers and professional networks will be increasingly global. The broader mission is to build India’s position as an intellectual hub for oncology research from which significant advances are expected to emerge. This Fellowship program offers opportunities for postdoctoral scientists, engineers, and physicians to undertake cancer research at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT, working at the interfaces between biology/​medicine and the diverse fields of mathematics, engineering, computer science, and the physical and chemical sciences. Candidates will be expected to identify an important biomedical research question and to propose a project to extend their research interests and abilities. After their Fellowship, candidates will be expected to continue their research and share the benefit of their MIT training within an Indian host institution. 


Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Fellows are generally selected in August and January, but exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. These awards are open to individuals – postdoctoral scientists, engineers, and physicians – with a passion both to tackle India-centric oncology problems and to further India’s position as one of the world’s hubs for cancer research. In order to promote the probability of high impact translational research with relevance to Indian oncology patients, the applicant must be either: 
• an Indian national, or 
• a non-Indian national who has a career intent to work on an Indian-centric research problem and spend time conducting research in India. The Koch Institute may consider inquiries from a host university regarding an exceptional biomedical research scientist or engineer who does not fall within the categories above. 
The applicant should be about to submit his/​her doctoral thesis or have up to, but no more than, three years postdoctoral experience from date of his/​her PhD or MD. 
Time spent outside the research environment will be taken into consideration. Applicants may have a background in any appropriate field of study (e.g. biology, medicine, chemistry, physics, or engineering) but must propose to address an important cancer research question. The proposed research should fall within the Koch Institute’s current research areas of focus, as described above and on the Koch Institute’s web site. Applicants must indicate which KI laboratory or laboratories would most effectively align with his or her proposed research. 

To Apply

Applications and all required documentation will be submitted electronically to MIT, via aca​d​e​micjob​son​line​.org. Applicants’ supporting materials are reviewed by the Mazumdar-Shaw International Oncology Fellowship Screening Committee, a board of leading Indian cancer research professionals. The Mazumdar-Shaw International Oncology Fellowship Screening Committee then submits to the Koch Institute a short-list of candidates for an initial phone or video screening interviews with Koch Institute faculty. Ahead of the initial screening interview, candidates will have identified the KI lab in which they prefer to conduct their research.Through this video screening interview process, the Koch Institute faculty will select final candidates for onsite interviews. These candidates will travel to MIT at the Program’s expense for a full day of interviews. The Koch Institute Executive Committee will make the final selection of Fellows. No more than two Mazumdar-Shaw International Oncology Fellows will be selected each year. Awards will be conditional upon a satisfactory performance at the interview. Applicants will be notified in writing of their success, or otherwise. Decisions will not be available by telephone. 

Applications and all required documentation must be submitted electronically to MIT, via aca​d​e​micjob​son​line​.org

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