UICC Technical Fellowships (UICC-TF)

Transfer of cancer control knowledge, skills and techniques through one month international visits

Since its inception in 1976, the UICC Fellowships have contributed to the development of the professional capacity of over 4,000 UICC Fellows from over 110 countries by facilitating appropriate person-to-person training in specific areas that are relevant to cancer control activities and clinical management being conducted in the Fellows’ home countries.


The aim of the UICC Technical Fellowships is to allow the international exchange of knowledge and to enhance skills in cancer control, prevention and treatment and to allow the acquisition of diagnostic and therapeutic clinical expertise that can be applied in the fellows’ home organisations upon their return.

Covid-19 Pandemic

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.

“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 for fellowships open and continue to promote this opportunity in the current global context.” 

So far, UICC has received 27 applications from 13 countries. All applications received before the closing date of 17 April will be processed. It is likely, however, that final decisions may be delayed as many of the reviewers are actively involved in the frontline care of patients, which is the priority at this time. 

Any awarded Fellowships will need to postpone their Fellowship visit start dates until 2021.


Application Guidelines:

The 2020 call for applicants opened on January 31st 2020




Eligible candidates are cancer professionals such as cancer advocates, public health investigators, implementation and translational researchers, pathologists, epidemiologists, tobacco control activists and cancer registrars in the early stages of their careers who hold at least an MSc or MA.

In addition, clinicians and nurses who are established in oncology practice and hold as a minimum an MD degree (for doctors) or RN (for nurses) are eligible to apply.

Medical and PhD Students are not eligible.

Practical Information:

Duration 1 month
Extension Up to 2 months with funding secured by the Fellow from the home or host organization and at no cost to the UICC
Available  50-60 per year
Average value US$ 3,400 (as monetary contribution towards the least expensive international travel and living costs)
2020 Call open January 31st 2020
2020 Call closes December 31st 2020
Notification of results Generally within 60 days of registration


  • Facilitate the international exchange and development of technical knowledge and skills in all areas of cancer control
  • Build capacity of the individual and the home organisation through the effective application and dissemination of the newly acquired skills in the home organisation upon return
  • Support the development of networks of cancer control professionals for the continued sharing of best practices and knowledge, and the informal provision of ongoing support, guidance or training

Types of Fellowship:

Public Health

This type of Fellowship is dedicated to promoting, protecting and preserving good health in order to prevent premature death due to cancer, restore health and maximise the quality of life when health cannot be restored.


This type of Fellowship is aimed at investigators who wish to perform translational cancer research that aims to convert basic research knowledge into practical applications that can enhance the health and wellbeing of cancer patients.  Basic research is no longer encouraged by this fellowship programme. 


This type of Fellowship is aimed at clinicians who wish to perform clinical cancer research dealing directly with patients, or who wish to learn new clinical techniques and skills by observing others.

Cancer Topics:

The Technical Fellowship programme aims to support health workers and cancer professionals who wish to gain skills or knowledge in any of the seven topics listed below. 

  1. Cancer prevention
  2. Causes of cancer
  3. Cancer registries, analysis of cancer data
  4. Early detection, pathology, diagnosis, and prognosis
  5.  Cancer treatment
  6.  Patient support, survivorship and palliative care
  7. Health economics, universal health coverage and policy, national cancer control plans

Technical Fellowship Programme partners in 2019: 

The Technical Fellowship programme is generously supported by a group of cancer societies and foundations.


Last update: 
Wednesday 10 June 2020