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
Online learning
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

  • Six self-guided online courses are currently available for staff of UICC members on the UICC eLearning platform. 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 sign up or sign in to your UICC eLearning account)

Upcoming offers

Master courses call for applications to open Spring 2022


Latest Capacity Building news
Kirsty Brown, diagnosed with cervical cancer at age 26, is now cancer-free and advocating for girls to be vaccinated against HPV. Image from the film Conquering Cancer, which is being made available for free in LMICs for World Cancer Day to raise awareness about cervical cancer prevention.
21 January 2022

Conquering cervical cancer on World Cancer Day

To celebrate the 2022 World Cancer Day campaign theme of “close the care gap”, the film Conquering Cancer will be made available for free to organisations in low- and middle-income countries.

Doctor operating on a patient
19 January 2022

How cancer control planning can help close the gap in cancer care

Essential instruments for reducing a country’s cancer burden, national cancer control plans often do not include vulnerable populations and suffer from a lack of implementation. The ICCP-ECHO programme offers LMICs a way forward.

C_Can_Funcancer patients and volunteers convening in Cali, Colombia in November 2019-Santiago Esteban
17 January 2022

UICC welcomes the addition of two new cities to the City Cancer Challenge

UICC is thrilled to learn that Arequipa in Peru and Nairobi in Kenya will now benefit from the support of C/Can in developing innovative, sustainable and equitable quality cancer care.

A man consulting a book and iPad, symbolising the value of online learning
12 January 2022

UICC online learning offer in 2022

UICC is launching a number of self-guided courses as well as new Master courses for UICC members to support the continuing education of cancer control professionals.

Mark Middleton, CEO of ICON Group, left; Dr Cary Adams, CEO of UICC, right.
14 December 2021

In Conversation: Integrated cancer care and remaining connected during COVID-19

Dr Cary Adams, CEO of UICC and Mark Middleton, CEO of ICON Group speak about delivering integrated cancer care and keeping staff connected during COVID-19.

Caregiver explaining cervical cancer secondary prevention to a woman
3 December 2021

Secondary cervical cancer prevention in the Philippines

The SUCCESS project builds upon a strong foundation of national commitment in the Philippines to facilitate the introduction of an accessible screening and early treatment model for cervical cancer.


"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: 
Thursday 2 December 2021