Invitation to Apply for the Nigerian Cancer Research Training (NCAT) Program

We are writing to solicit applications for the fourth cohort of our Nigerian Cancer Research Training (NCAT) Program. This program seeks to expand cancer research training within ARGO-participating institutions. The program employs a multi-pronged training approach, utilizing workshops, coursework, hands-on research, and mentorship.

We have a competitive selection of 12 Clinical Research Scholars per year using an established application process and a committee of MSK and Nigerian faculty. The program is structured so there is an intensive first year with a heavy research skills training component and then subsequent years include mentorship, team science training, and opportunities for pilot grants. 

We will offer the following didactic training activities:

  1. Utilizing online and in-person training developed by GCDI-ARGO, we will provide focused education in the fundamentals of clinical research to the 12 research scholars each year. There will be four workshops per year—we will aim for two in-person and two virtual workshops.
  1. For the 12 research scholars we will offer:
    • Harvard Principles and Practice of Clinical Research certificate course: A number of our physicians from ARGO institutions and previous cohorts have completed this time intensive collaborative, interactive, distance-learning course in clinical research; and we anticipate sponsoring participation of additional physicians from cohort 4.
    • Mentors from Nigeria and North America will be assigned for each clinical research scholar.
    • Monthly zoom meetings with research topics and presentations

Application criteria: 

  1. Consultant with Fellowship of relevant college or Faculty lecturer (PhD).
  2. Open to all physician, nursing, and science (social sciences and basic sciences) fields involved in cancer research.
  3. Applicant must be a Senior lecturer or below and have been employed at an ARGO institution for 5-years.
  4. Applicant has a position in a Nigerian institution that is part of ARGO for at least the year of the NCAT program and one year beyond
  5. Approval letter from applicant’s departmental leadership

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Oluseyi Olanrewaju, Research Project Associate at ARGO  ( ) or Naqiya Choonawala, Global Cancer Disparities Initiatives (GCDI) Program Research Project Associate at ( ).

Applications must be received by 15 July, 2024.

We look forward to receiving your applications.


Dr. Isaac Alatise,


African Research Group for Oncology (ARGO)

Dr. Peter Kingham,


Global Cancer Disparities Initiatives (GCDI) MSK