The Fellowships Programme is a core activity of UICC with a 50-year long history and plays a major role in UICC’s mission and vision to build capacity and contribute to the professional development of cancer investigators, clinicians, nurses, cancer society staff, and volunteers, with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. UICC aims to reduce the global burden of cancer by promoting the exchange and dissemination of cancer control knowledge and technical skills.

UICC Fellows come from around the globe and work in all areas of cancer control. Over 6,000 fellowships have been awarded and UICC conducts regular surveys to analyse their impact. Awarded UICC fellows mention that their cancer knowledge has increased and their professional networks have expanded as a result of their UICC fellowship, and that their new skills are much valued by their Home Institutions, Click here for testimonials from awarded fellows. Our most recent survey also showed that 60% of fellows have either published or are in the process of publishing with their hosts.

Read more about the impacts of UICC Fellowships.

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Fellowship Opportunities 

Through its fellowship programme, UICC aims to support health workers and cancer professionals focussing on cancer control, including cancer prevention, early detection, epidemiology, implementation and translational research, cancer treatment (surgery, radio- and chemotherapy), multidisciplinary patient care, rehabilitation, survivorship and palliative care.

New in 2017:

  • This year, the International Cancer Technology Transfer (ICRETT) fellowship programme has been renamed UICC Technical Fellowships (UICC-TF), with a focus on cancer control and less emphasis on basic research.
  • There are 2 new closing dates for the 2 YY Study grant calls: 15 March and 15 September 2017
  • The Chinese Fellowships pilot scheme has now been completed. The 2016 fellowships are currently underway and this scheme will be evaluated before a new call is opened.
  • A new fellowship call, Bourses pour l'Afrique Francophone (BAF), dedicated specifically to cancer professionals and health workers working in Francophone Africa was launched on World Cancer Day February 4th (see below for more details).
  • A new fellowship called the African Cancer Fellowship aimed at  enhancing educational opportunities for health care workers in cancer care and expanding workforce capability and improving cancer care for patients in Africa was launched on September 22 (see below for more details).

African Cancer Fellowships

A 1-month fellowship visit for African cancer professionals, linked to the 2018 World Cancer Congress and a common interest network for best-practice sharing.

    UICC is offering 20 one-month fellowships with a regional award value of USD 3,000 with a strong emphasis on learning skills that will be shared with peers in the the fellow's home organisation or network

    The objectives are to:

    • Enhance educational opportunities for health care workers in cancer care
    • Expand workforce capability 
    • Improve cancer care for patients  

    Additional benefits include:

    • A dedicated workshop at the 2018 World Cancer Congress for fellows to share their fellowship and knowledge sharing experiences with other awardees.
    • An online common interest network where awardees can exchange acquired knowledge and share lessons learnt.

    Closing date: 30 November 2017

    UICC Technical Fellowships

    A 1-month fellowship focusing on rapid transfer of cancer knowledge and clinical technology

    The objectives of this 1 month fellowship with a value of up to USD 3,400 are:

    • to facilitate an exchange of technical knowledge and skills in cancer control, with an emphasis on cancer prevention and diagnosis, implementation, translational, behavioural, epidemiologic and clinical research.
    • to acquire appropriate clinical technical knowledge and skills in screening, treatment and management for the effective application and use in the home organisation upon return.

    Closing date: Applications accepted at any time

    Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International Cancer Study Grants (YY)

    A 3-month fellowship focusing on advanced experimental methods and techniques

    The objectives of this 3-month YY fellowship, of a value of USD 10,000, are to initiate, set-up, or pursue bilateral cancer research projects with collaborating investigators abroad, to exchange and exploit complementary skills and material, as well as receive training in advanced experimental research methods and techniques.

     Closing date: 15 March and 15 September

    Bourses de l'UICC pour l'Afrique Francophone (BAF)

    Bourses d’un mois spécifiquement destinées aux personnels de santé et autres professionnels travaillant dans le domaine du cancer et basés en Afrique francophone. Le montant de la bourse est entre 2,000 et 3,400 dollars US, justifié selon le projet et le pays choisi.

    La clôture du deuxième appel à candidatures était fixée au 1er octobre 2017.


    Apporter un soutien aux candidats basés en Afrique francophone à réaliser une visite d’un mois dans un autre pays francophone de la même région ou plus loin, selon l'emplacement le plus approprié pour le besoin, en vue d’acquérir de nouvelles connaissances, renforcer leurs compétences et former des collaborations en vue de les appliquer de façon effective à leur retour dans leur institution d’origine.

    Ces bourses visent à contribuer à l’émergence de futurs leaders dans la région, à diffuser les connaissances et compétences acquises dans l’institution d’origine et à favoriser la mise en place de nouveaux réseaux de collaboration. 

    Pour plus d’information, cliquer ici.

    UICC Fellowships for Francophone Africa

    Fellowships of one month aimed specifically at health workers and professionals working in cancer who are based in Francophone Africa. The award amount is between 2,000 and 3,400 USD, appropriately justified according to the project and the selected country.

    The deadline for the second call is 1 October  2017.


    For applicants based in Francophone Africa to go to another French-speaking country in the same region or further afield, depending on the most appropriate location of the training need, for one month to exchange knowledge, enhance skills and form collaborations that can be effectively be put to use in the home organization upon return.

    These fellowships should contribute to the establishment of future cancer leaders in the region, and have a multiplier effect such that the skills learned are disseminated throughout the home institution and new networks are built. 

    For more information, click here.

    Our Expert Reviewers

    UICC Fellowship reviewers are volunteers who are internationally-recognised experts in their field of expertise, they help to assess the relative merits of the many worthy applications for UICC Fellowships.

    Over 500 international experts contribute more than 3000 hours of voluntary time to review applications each year.

    UICC expresses its grateful appreciation to all of the reviewers, who reviewed over 150 applications in 2016. Their names are listed here.

    Without the expertise and know-how of these voluntary expert reviewers, UICC would not be able to have such a wide-reaching effect on global cancer control. The collaboration of these volunteer expert reviewers is what enables our fellowships to function.

    This international review panel works in conjunction with UICC Fellowships Project Chairs profiled below.

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    Prof W. Nicol Keith, PhD
    Group Leader, Telomerase Therapeutics

    Nicol W. Keith is Professor of Molecular Oncology at the Institute of Cancer Sciences, Glasgow University in the UK.  Dr Keith’s research is focused on the development of novel therapeutics that target cellular senescence and telomerase, he is also a member of several national and international scientific committees.

    Dr Keith chairs both the UICC Technology Transfer Fellowships (previously called ICRETTs) and the Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International study grants committees.  


    Rob Jones

    Dr Rob Jones MA, MBChB, PhD, FRCP 
    Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacology, Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist
    Cancer Research UK - Beatson Laboratories

    Dr Rob Jones is a senior lecturer in medical oncology at the University of Glasgow. His interests include the design and execution of clinical trials, particularly those using new anti-cancer drugs. He also has an interest in the clinical aspects of new drug discovery and collaborates with basic science colleagues at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research. His clinical practice is based at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre and focuses on the management of cancers of the prostate, bladder and kidney.

    Dr Jones serves as Co-Chair of the UICC Technical fellowships (previously called ICRETTs).


    Prof. Abdellatif Benider

    Prof Abdellatif Benider
    Centre Mohammed VI pour le traitement des cancers, Casablanca, Morocco

    Professor Benider is the Chair of the Bourses pour l’Afrique francophone grant committee, UICC's fellowship dedicated to cancer professionals based in the Francophone African region.


    Last update: 
    Monday 25 September 2017