Postdoctoral programs

Walter Lawrence Scholars Initiative

The Walter Lawrence Scholars Initiative is for diverse individuals interested in a career in science writing and communication who are in their last year of a doctoral program (post-qualifying exams) or have completed a terminal degree. Predoctoral and postdoctoral students and trainees are encouraged to apply. This six-week internship is designed to foster a pathway for individuals in this field while promoting an understanding of cancer disparities in Virginia and nationwide.

Learn more about the Walter Lawrence Scholars Initiative

Massey Scholars Program

The Massey Scholars Program offers cancer research postdoctoral fellowships to provide mentored research training to promising scientists and physician-scientists who have the potential to become productive, independent cancer research investigators and successfully compete for peer-reviewed, extramural funding. The awards will be issued for a 2-year period. The second year funding will be contingent upon proof of adequate progress during the first year. 

The fellowships are offered within two separate tracks:

  • Cancer Laboratory Research Track: All theoretical and experimental research projects relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention are welcomed under this track.
  • Cancer Prevention & Control (CPC) Track: Research projects related to topics in cancer prevention and control including (but not limited to) cancer policy and economics, communication and decision making, survivorship, disparities, community-engaged research and behavioral interventions will be acceptable for the CPC track. 

For additional information on the application process, please contact us at

Grace Mavodza

Cancer Laboratory Research Track:
Grace Mavodza, M.B.A., Ph.D.
Research focus: Regulation of ferroptosis by ceramide
MCC mentor: Can Senkal, Ph.D.

Kristina Tatum

Cancer Prevention & Control Track:
Kristina Tatum, Psy.D.
Research focus: Identifying drivers of cancer health inequities within family-based obesity treatment
MCC Co-mentors: Melanie Bean, Ph.D.; and Bernard Fuemmeler, Ph.D.

Cancer Prevention and Control Cancer Health Equity T32 for Postdocs

Massey’s NCI-funded T32 postdoctoral training program supports trainees interested in cancer prevention and control and cancer health equity research. This two-year, multidisciplinary training program is individually tailored, inclusive of a core curriculum in the science and practice of conducting cancer prevention and control research, unique training opportunities and a mentored research experience.

Learn more about the CPC-CHE T32 fellowship

Funding opportunities and other resources for postdoctoral fellows

A number of funding sources from federal and non-federal sponsors offer fellowships and training grants for postdoctoral fellows. Learn more about funding and resources available to postdocs through the Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation.