Grad students: Earn up to $9,000 next semester as a cancer research assistant

Grad students: Earn up to $9,000 next semester as a cancer research assistant

Grad students: Earn up to $9,000 next semester as a cancer research assistant


Graduate students at the University of Guam are invited to apply for student trainee positions in cancer disparities research. The Pacific Island Partnership for Cancer Health Equity (PIPCHE) Graduate Research Fellowship in Cancer Disparities is is a cancer research, training, and outreach program in partnership with the University of Hawaii and funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. The fellowship includes paid opportunities as a graduate assistant, a research assistant, or both.


Applications are due by Sept. 23, 2022.


Initial appointment is for one semester, but extensions are possible for up to two years with satisfactory performance. Previously awarded student trainees will be considered pending the availability of funds.


Tuition waivers up to $3,000 per semester, per student, are possible. Up to an additional $6,000 per semester is available for students who wish to work as research assistants on a U54 PIPCHE research project. Students may apply for one or both forms of funding but are encouraged to apply for both. 


Students who are accepted into the program are expected to attend weekly seminar meetings hosted by the University of Hawaii Cancer Center. Students who are awarded research assistantships will be required to work up to 20 hours per week on a U-54 research project (students are paid for the hours they work).

PIPCHE Fall 2022 Flyer 


  • $3,000 per semester for up to two years (pending availability of funding)
  • $6,000 per semester to work as a research assistant
  • Faculty mentorship
  • Travel opportunities
  • Research experience and training


  • U.S. citizen, U.S. national, permanent U.S. resident, or citizen of FSM, Marshall Islands, or Palau
  • Admitted to a relevant master's program at UOG
  • Suitable mentor who is a UOG faculty member with experience in cancer research or a relevant field
  • Interest and/or thesis topic related to cancer health disparities in the Pacific
  • Students of Pacific Island ancestry and/or students with significant experience in the Pacific region will be granted priority


Submit by email your completed application; curriculum vitae; statement of research interests and career goals; proposed research plan, if applicable; and a brief description of mentor’s research to

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For more information, please contact Alicia Borja, PIPCHE program manager, at or Dr. Troy McVey, Research Education Core Co-Lead, at