Capacity Building
Developing capacity building initiatives to strengthen the cancer community
About Capacity Building

UICC has more than 50 years of experience in providing training and capacity building across the field of cancer control.

In promoting greater equity in cancer control, UICC is striving to:

  • Support organisations in doing a better job tomorrow than they already do today
  • Increase members’ impact by scaling up their relevance, reach, and sustainability in their own settings, taking into account that each member is unique 
Our impact

4,000+ fellowships awarded in the last 50 years


51 organisations received a SPARC grant, to support MBC patients


60 institutions shared their expertise by hosting fellows


200+ Congress delegates participated in a Master course


300+ senior executives engaged in the CEO Programme


45 Young Leaders from 27 countries in the alumni community

Explore our offer
SPARC Grants
CEO Programme
Young Leaders Programme
Leadership in Action meetings
Master Courses
Cancer Advocates programme
Regional engagement
New on offer: Virtual Fellowships
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UICC is launching a virtual alternative to the in-person learning experience provided by UICC’s Fellowships programmes, allowing the continued transfer and exchange of key skills and knowledge in cancer control at a time when UICC members need it the most.

Open and upcoming calls

Find the latest Capacity Building opportunities right here:

Deadline_for_applic Opportunity
31 December 2021

Applications for the following Fellowship programmes are now open

Ongoing offers                                  

  • UICC's Virtual Dialogues provide members with enhanced opportunities to connect, exchange knowledge, access expert insights, and share solutions on their respective and common challenges.

    Click here to view the Virtual Dialogue schedule

  • Three self-guided online courses are currently available for staff of UICC members on the UICC eCampus. These courses are accredited by the Accreditation Council of Oncology in Europe.

    Click here to view the available courses
    (To access the course you must register for or sign in to your UICC eCampus account)

Upcoming offers

YY Study Grant programme call for applications to open Autumn 2021.


Latest Capacity Building news
Doctor advising a breast cancere patient on medicine.
Spotlight on breast cancer
4 October 2021

Beating breast cancer: the first year of UICC’s dedicated programme

Marking Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, UICC looks at the achievements of its Breast Cancer Programme launched a year ago and showcases awareness campaigns organised by member organisations for Pink October.

Cary Adams, CEO of UICC and Charles Goddard, Editorial Director at The Economist Group, speak about developments in cancer care and the impact of COVID-19, and the need to address cancer as an economic as well as a health issue.
24 August 2021

In Conversation: Stalled progress in cancer care

Dr Cary Adams, CEO of UICC and Charles Goddard, Editorial Director at the Economist Group, review the progress made in cancer care in the past decade and how to respond to the setbacks due to COVID-19. 

Recreated world map featuring the headshots of the ten new young cancer professionals who were selected to join UICC's new 2021-2022 cohort of Young Leaders
11 August 2021

UICC’s new cohort of Young Leaders 2021-2022 respond to questions on equity and innovation in cancer care

Ten aspiring leaders in cancer care have been selected by UICC for the Young Leaders programme. They address a range of challenges facing the cancer community, in which equity and innovation play an important role.

Screening has started as part of the SUCCESS project in the Ivory Coast
7 July 2021

New recommendations for screening and treatment of cervical cancer

Cervical cancer is still one of the most common cancers worldwide. Many women – especially in low-income countries – die from cervical cancer, which is both preventable and treatable. 

Dr Cary Adams, CEO of UICC and Prof. Sanchia Aranda, Chair of City Cancer Challenge (C/Can)
17 June 2021

In Conversation: The role of good governance in the success of an organisation

In this second exchange in UICC's In Conversation series, Dr Cary Adams of UICC and Prof. Sanchia Aranda of C/Can speak about how different organisations require different governance frameworks to carry out their missions. 

Woman doctor reading a book in a library, illustrating the publication of the 7th edition of the TNM Atlas based on the UICC TNM Classification of Malignant Tumours
9 June 2021

The 7th edition of the UICC TNM Atlas – a pictorial guide to the TNM staging system

The 7th edition of the UICC TNM Atlas has just been published, presenting an illustrated version of the TNM Classification of Malignant Tumours and promoting the uniform application of the TNM classification in cancer practice.


"I am so grateful for this course and addressing these issues and functionality in a way that is informative and also dispels the beliefs and taboo language and process around sexuality. So good to openly discuss and have good questions to ask. Thank you to the team who put this together and to the lecturers who gave their time and experience - such a well rounded course"

Participant from Master Course on 'Sexuality Issues in Cancer Care'

“UICC has pioneered the development of a tailor-made programme to support CEOs of cancer organisations in their leadership role and to help them address today’s challenges in the rapidly changing environment of cancer control. As a CEO myself, I was excited to experience these opportunities to mingle with peers, exchange thoughts and views, and hear about best practice case studies. I’m extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend the sessions and meet other CEOs in the cancer field.” 

Maria Jocelyn Kara Alikpala, Chief Executive Officer
Chris Wild, Director of IARC speaking at the 2016 WCLS

"Being a UICC fellow is an outstanding opportunity to sharpen skills across different areas of cancer research and receive exceptional training to become a leader in the field of cancer control. It is also a valuable route to furthering career development, adding value to the work of one’s home institution and expanding professional networks."

Christopher P. Wild, PhD, ICRETT Fellow 1984 and 1992 and former Director
Last update: 
Monday 23 August 2021