The University of Guam Cancer Center announces the availability of student trainee positions in cancer disparities research. Current students at the University of Guam are invited to apply for a graduate assistantship and research assistant positions made available by the Pacific Island Partnership for Cancer Health Equity (PIPCHE). This is a cancer research, training and outreach program in partnership with the University of Hawaii, funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.

Funding is up to $3000 per semester, per student, for a tuition waiver. Up to an additional $6000 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. Students are encouraged to apply for both. Funding is subject to annual budgetary limitations.

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

Eligibility Requirements

  • U.S. citizen, U.S. National, permanent U.S. resident, or citizen of one of three U.S. Compact Nations (FSM, RMI, ROP).
  • Admitted to a relevant program at the University of Guam.
  • Suitable mentor who is a University of Guam faculty member with experience in cancer research or relevant field.
  • Research or career interests 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.

Student Requirements

All students who are accepted into the program are expected to attend regularly scheduled meetings hosted by the University of Guam and/or 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).

Submission Instructions

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Submit by email your completed application and curriculum vitae to by July 31, 2024.

For more information

Dr. Yvette Paulino, Research Education Core Co-Lead at
Kayli Lizama, REC Coordinator at

By Merrick Orot
Merrick Orot Career Advising Specialist