ExCEL (Excellence in Career Enrichment Leadership)

The early career bench and physician-scientists in Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center's Transdisciplinary Research Programs are committed to nurturing the next generation of diverse and multidisciplinary cancer investigators. Several of these faculty have joined the Excellence in Career Enrichment Leadership (ExCEL) Committee, which, among other efforts, runs an annual award competition and symposium for senior postdoctoral investigators.

ExCEL Committee

Committee members are bringing their remarkable energy, expertise, and experience working in the cancer field to focus on:

  • representing the interests of Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center early career members
  • training the next generation of Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center leaders
  • highlighting new research opportunities and technologies for the Cancer Center
  • assisting Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center in the recruitment of women and individuals from historically underrepresented groups

The members are early-career investigators themselves, contributing to the work of:

The Stem Cell and Cancer Biology Program

The Cancer Therapeutics Program

The Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program

The Cancer Epidemiology, Prevention and Control Program

ExCEL Scholar Award Competition & Symposium

Every year, the ExCEL Committee invites up to four exceptional postdoctoral investigators to present their work at a half-day Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine research symposium.

The 2024 ExCEL Scholar Award Symposium is scheduled for Thursday, March 14th.

Scholars who have made outstanding research achievements and have an interest in MECCC Transdisciplinary Research Program areas are invited to apply.

Awardees not only present their work but have the opportunity to network with MECCC faculty and trainees to learn more about MECCC research.

The ExCEL Scholar Award Competition & Symposium is a MECCC Cancer Research Training & Education Coordination (CRTEC) event, supported by colleagues in our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion initiatives as well as participants in the Women's Initiative Network.


Postdoctoral investigators conducting research in labs in the United States are eligible to apply. The committee encourages women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.


How to Apply
Applications for the ExCEL Scholars Award Competition for 2024 are open from November 1, 2023 to January 10, 2024. Accepted applicants will be invited to visit Montefiore Einstein Comprehensive Cancer Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine to participate in the annual ExCEL symposium and networking events on March 14, 2024, with all travel and lodging expenses covered. Please click the link below for full application instructions and to apply:


Contact Information
Please email excelsymposium@einsteinmed.edu with any additional questions about the online application.