PhD Students, Apply Now!! – Doctoral Scholars in Cancer Research

Doctoral Scholars in Cancer Research (DSCR)

Program Description:

Doctoral Scholars in Cancer Research (DSCR) is one of the program components of the HSC Scholars in Cancer Research Program (HSC-SCRP), an innovative, integrated training program focused on the students at critical transition points, early undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral career stages that are essential to meet the need of the cancer research workforce in Texas and USA.

The objective of this program is to recruit the students at a critical transition point, PhD level, and train them with advanced technology in the state of the art facilities under the supervision of enthusiastic mentors in the areas of cancer and health disparities. The other objective is to increase the representation of URM doctoral professionals to pursue careers in cancer.

In addition to the required course work for PhD in Biomedical Sciences, the DSCR students will be required to complete the following courses: Molecular and Cell Biology of Cancer; Journal Club in Cancer Biology; and Introduction to Health Disparities. Other advanced course work will be determined by the PhD student’s advisory committee. The average time to complete the PhD degree in biomedical sciences at HSC is 4.8 years. Since we are recruiting talented students into the DSCR program and will enrich them with additional training, we expect that the Scholars will graduate within 4.6 years. The GSBS PhD curriculum is individual development plan (IDP)-driven and competency-based. It provides students with a broad foundation of knowledge in the biomedical sciences and promotes a team-based approach to solving complex problems that we believe is essential to better understand the biological principles that govern health and disease. It also affords students a set of transferable and marketable skills that allow them to embark on various biomedical science-related career paths.

Selection Criteria:

PhD students who have completed their first year of study
Academic merit
Underrepresented groups in health professional programs (racial/ethnic groups, disabilities, disadvantaged backgrounds)
Interest in diversity and health disparity research
Commitment to careers in basic, translational, clinical and community-based approaches to solving cancer and cancer disparities


Full GSBS stipend + fringe benefits
Up to $6,000 tuition fee coverage
Up to $2,000/year for research supplies
Travel allowance to participate in local/regional/national conferences

Program Period: 2 years of funding

Application Process: Complete the online application and submit a current CV

Application Deadline:  October 1, 2021

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For more information, please contact: Dr. Rance Berg @ and Roda Cotanay @