What is the UICC Fellowship Programme?

The Fellowship Programme plays a major role in UICC's mission. Alongside other capacity building offers, it aims to reduce the global cancer burden by facilitating the exchange of knowledge, expertise and technical skills. The programme also enables networking and collaboration across institutions and countries.

UICC fellows come from around the globe and work in all areas of cancer control. The fellowships allow them to visit world-renowned institutions in order to learn best practices and new skills.

What type of fellowships are available?

As part of its response to the coronavirus pandemic, UICC is temporarily closing the calls for the 2020 Technical Fellowships and for the sub-programme focused on Francophone Africa, Bourses pour l'Afrique Francophone. This is in line with UICC’s decision not to hold any face-to-face meetings or events in 2020. The Technical Fellowships and its French sub-programme Bourses pour l’Afrique francophone plan to be reopened as of 1 October 2020 allowing candidates to apply for fellowship visits to take place in 2021.

NEW: Virtual Fellowships

A virtual alternative to in-person fellowships is available for UICC Member organisations, providing an opportunity for the sharing of knowledge and skills on cancer control despite the current travel restrictions. A virtual fellowship will include a minimum of four one-hour online video calls between an UICC member and an expert. The Virtual Fellowships programme will co-exist alongside the Technical Fellowships once it re-opens, providing an online learning alternative to UICC members, and complementing the Virtual Dialogues as part of UICC's virtual offer.

“The Technical Fellowships Programme’s remit is to support and promote the exchange of knowledge and skills to enhance cancer control through international travel, in-person visits and face-to-face mentoring,” said Kirstie Graham, UICC’s Director of Capacity Building. "Therefore, we believe it would be inconsistent to keep the call open and continue to promote this opportunity during the  global pandemic. Our ambition is that through the Virtual Fellowships and UICC’s Virtual Dialogues, UICC Members can continue to receive tailored learning and training opportunities to support them in their individual contexts".


Fellowships are available in one- or three-month durations:

  • Technical Fellowships are open to candidates holding a Master's degree or medical equivalent. Funding contributes towards travel costs and living expenses during a one-month visit. Applications can be submitted between 31 January and 31 December. The Technical Fellowships programme has been adapted to support applications from francophone Africa, including the opportunity to apply in French. More information is provided below.
  • Les Bourses pour l’Afrique Francophone sont des bourses d’un mois spécifiquement destinées aux personnels de santé et autres professionnels travaillant dans le domaine du cancer et basés en Afrique francophone.
  • Virtual Fellowships involve a minimum of four one-hour video calls with an expert in the specified field of interest. They are open to candidates from UICC Member organisations who have at least five years’ experience working in cancer control. Applications are welcome from 22 June 2020. Depending on the number of applications received, priority will be given initially to applications focused on cancer control and COVID-19.
  • Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International Cancer (YY) Study grantsFunding contributes towards travel costs and living expenses during a three-month visit. Established researchers who have at least two-years' experience post PhD are eligible to apply. The call for applications opens once a year, typically in July. Funding contributes towards travel costs and living expenses during a three-month visit.

Which topics are eligible for in-person* fellowships?


Public Health 

  • Epidemiology and cancer registries
  • Health education
  • Health economics
  • Cancer screening & prevention
  • Pathology




  • Implementation research
  • Translational research into early detection, prognosis and therapeutics
  • Clinical cancer research






  • Observerships in cancer treatment e.g. oncology, radiotherapy, surgery*
  • Patient support, survivorship, palliative care

* Observerships in cancer treatment are not eligible topics for the YY study grants

*For Virtual Fellowships, topics will be initially related to cancer control and COVID-19

When are the application deadlines?

Fellowship programmes Open / Ouverture Closes / Clôture
UICC Technical Fellowships (UICC-TF)

1 October 2020

Open call

Bourses pour l’Afrique Francophone (BAF)  1 octobre 2020 Appel ouvert toute l'année
Virtual Fellowships  22 June 2020 Open call
YY study grants  August 2020 November 2020

Please download and distribute the UICC Fellowships Flyer within your network, applicants from all regions are welcome:

How many fellowships were awarded in 2019?

In 2019, 144 applications were received and 72 Fellows were awarded through the UICC-Technical Fellowships, Bourses pour l'Afrique francophone and YY Study Grants. Please see below for more details about them.

The programme would not have been possible without the invaluable support from our UICC Fellowship chairs and review committee members who kindly evaluated all fellowship applications for us in 2019.

Who are the Fellowship Partners?



What is the impact of the Fellowship Programme?


UICC Fellows come from around the globe and work in all areas of cancer control. Over 4,000 fellowships have been awarded to date. Awarded UICC fellows who have been surveyed say that their cancer knowledge has increased and their professional networks have expanded as a result of their UICC fellowship visit, and that their new skills are much valued by their Home Institutions.


Last update: 
Thursday 23 July 2020
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