Young Leaders Programme

UICC aims to nurture aspiring young cancer control professionals to become successful leaders in cancer control and the wider global health community.

In order to do so, UICC offers a unique opportunity to become a UICC Young Leader and to be part of a global network of inspiring and ambitious young leaders in cancer control. Through the programme, UICC will facilitate opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, for networking and connecting with experienced leaders, and the chance to engage and participate in recognised international events. 

The latest call for applications is now closed. The new cohort of Young Leaders will be announced in August 2019.

What is the Young Leaders Programme?

UICC's Young Leaders Programme begins every second year at the World Cancer Leaders' Summit for a duration of 12 months.  

The programme focuses on the following key areas:

  • International Engagement: Attend the World Cancer Congress and the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and participate in dedicated sessions and networking opportunities at both events.
  • Learning and Networking: Access leadership development and capacity building opportunities as well as UICC’s international network of cancer control organisations
  • Regional Impact: Attend an event or organise a study visit with regional relevance to promote knowledge sharing and collaboration in cancer control.

Funding and support is provided to pursue the above three opportunities.

Young Leader Eligibilty Criteria

UICC defines a young leader as being someone who is:

  • up to and including 40 years of age at the application deadline
  • an established cancer control professional with demonstrated impact in his/her network/organisation
  • a self-starter with proven experience in community engagement and mobilisation
  • fluent in English (both spoken and written) for successful interaction at an international level

Benefits to Young Leaders

  • Recognition and visibility: Young Leaders will be profiled and showcased on the UICC website as well as at all relevant events. 
  • Access: Young Leaders will enjoy exclusive access to events such as the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit which is a high-level, invite only event. 
  • Engagement: Young Leaders will always have a point of contact at the UICC secretariat in Geneva. They will be offered the opportunity to join UICC Congress committees (for e.g. Abstract or Programme Committee) or task forces depending on their interests and expertise. 
  • Community: Young Leaders will join the prestigious and existing group of Young Leaders alumni, a proactive community of cancer control professionals who engage with and support UICC’s work.

Should you have any queries, please contact

The UICC Young Leaders Programme is supported by Roche



Last update: 
Monday 22 July 2019