The New Mexico Cancer Nanoscience and Microsystems Training Center


June 01, 2014: Announcing New CNTC Fellowship Support for Graduate Students and Postdocs

The New Mexico Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center (CNTC) provides stipends and interdisciplinary training to graduate students and postdocs whose interdisciplinary research uses nanoscience and nanoscience-enabled microsystems to understand the fundamental properties of cancer cells and to discover and develop diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic tools with potential to reduce suffering and death due to cancer. Students may be enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program on the UNM North Campus or in any of the Physical Sciences and Engineering Programs, including NSMS and BME, on South Campus. Support will be allocated based on the academic qualifications of the student and his/her advisors, the scientific merit of the project, and the likelihood that the fellowship will work as "glue" to enhance interactions between physical and biomedical scientists working at the interface of nanoscience and cancer. Fellowship support is for one year. Graduate students receive full stipends (NIH rate) as well as tuition, fees and health insurance. Postdocs receive $25,000 towards their stipend and must demonstrate that matching funds are available to complete their full stipend. All CNTC trainees must have co-mentors, one with primary expertise in cancer biology and one with primary expertise in the physical, computational or engineering sciences.

Applications from minorities and women are encouraged. Postdocs and students who are NOT US citizens MAY apply for these fellowships. CNTC fellows may work at UNM and at partnering institutions, including the Los Alamos and Sandia National Labs.

The next CNTC application deadline is Monday June 30th for students seeking fellowship support beginning on or after August 1, 2014. For application guidelines, please see

The University of New Mexico and the partnering New Mexico National Laboratories have outstanding capabilities and breadth in materials synthesis and self-assembly, nanolithography, interrogative platforms, and functional micro/macrosystems. The University of New Mexico also has one of the 64 NCI-designated Cancer Centers in the nation and nanoscale engineering and physical sciences approaches provide core technologies for research to prevent, detect and treat cancer.

The New Mexico Cancer Nanoscience and Microsystems Training Center (CNTC) was established to recognize and to expand partnerships between the cancer and nanoscience communities in New Mexico in order to reduce suffering and death due to cancer. Its mission is to equip graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with the biomedical knowledge and nanoscale physical sciences and engineering tools needed to become next-generation leaders in cancer research. Interdisciplinary skills are developed primarily though immersion in interdisciplinary research teams working towards improved cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. CNTC mentors and fellows are drawn from a wide range of UNM, National Lab and local biotech programs as described here. Please consider joining the CNTC as a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow or as a mentor.

CNTC Fellowships Available

Applications for CNTC graduate and postdoctoral fellowships are due April 01 for June 01 activation and June 30 for activation on the first day of the Fall semester. Graduate stipends are either equal to or slightly above the NIH pay scale, depending on policies of the home department or program. Postdoctoral fellowships are matching awards (50% grant support matched with 50% support from other sources) using the NIH pay scale ( Fellows receive additional benefits including tuition, health insurance and access to travel funds. The benefits and responsibilities of becoming a CNTC pre- and post-doctoral fellow and/or mentor can be found on the How To Apply page.

Reminder to all CNTC Trainees and Mentors

Please acknowledge support from the New Mexico Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center, grant R25CA153825 on your publications and posters.