Evaluating the impacts of UICC Fellowships

13 May 2013

A survey shows the fellowship impact on research capacity, skills, knowledge and professional influence levels.

Over 600 Fellows have answered a recent survey on the perceived impacts of their fellowship on their research capacity, skills, knowledge and professional influence levels. An evaluation of the impact of the fellowships programme, based on this survey, was conducted by UICC Fellowship Chairs Prof. Nicol Keith, Dr Robert Jones and Prof. Marie Chow with support from UICC office.


The survey spanned years 1997- 2010 and over 600 Fellows reported on the perceived impact of the Fellowship on their research capacity, skills/knowledge & professional influence levels. Furthermore the role of the Home and Host environment in training was assessed. UICC has a range of Fellowship schemes. These can be viewed as a portfolio and the evaluation to date highlights the power of the portfolio as each has unique features which together deliver training relevant to gaps in skills and knowledge.

The following map displays a geographical representation of survey respondents.


Key Findings UICC Fellowship scheme operates across all areas of common scientific interest in cancer research 
Fellowships increase: 

  • Research Capacity & Output 
  • Skills and Knowledge
  • Professional Influence 

Home Institutes benefit through: 

  • Skills/technology transfer 
  • Publications grantee/host supervisor 
  • Returning Fellows have an increased ability to attract funding 
  • Networks established by the Fellows extend influence internationally

Download the High Level Overview

Review of fellow survey

UICC Fellows come from around the globe and work in all areas of cancer research. As a result of their Fellowship, grantees mention that they have increased knowledge, an expanded professional network and that their new skills are valued by their Home Institute. 92% of all respondents find the Fellowship experience is a unique opportunity for international training and 81% were extremely satisfied (16% moderately) with the Fellowship experience. The main reasons for applying are the international scope and the wide range of skills/advanced training in experimental methods or special techniques supported. 50% mentioned that their knowledge increased greatly, and 41% a lot. 84% of ACSBI, 73% of YY and 38% of ICRETT fellows mention that they have published with their host supervisor. Regarding ICRETT, 97% mentioned that technology/skills transfer fellowships were either extremely or very useful. 98% reported they were very or extremely likely to recommend the fellowship to others.

Download the Detailed Impact Evaluation of UICC fellowships

Last update: 
Friday 18 August 2017