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.
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 will reopen on 2nd October 2020 allowing candidates to apply for fellowship visits to take place in 2021.
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:
* 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
|Fellowship programmes||Open / Ouverture||Closes / Clôture|
|UICC Technical Fellowships (UICC-TF)||
2nd October 2020
31st December 2020
|Bourses pour l’Afrique Francophone (BAF)||2 octobre 2020||31 decembre 2020|
|Virtual Fellowships||22 June 2020||31st December 2020|
|YY study grants||2nd October 2020||31st December 2020|
Please download and distribute the UICC Fellowships Flyer within your network, applicants from all regions are welcome:
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.