Young Leaders 2021-2022: Call for applications

UICC seeks aspiring cancer control professionals with the potential to become future leaders in global cancer control

Applications to join the 2021-2022 cohort of UICC's Young Leaders open on Thursday 25th March to Wednesday 26th May (nb: deadline extended from the original 23rd May date).

The call aims to identify up to eight emerging cancer control professionals with demonstrated impact in a local setting and with the skills and leadership potential to contribute to the global cancer control agenda in the future. Acting as a springboard for international engagement, the programme is an opportunity for Young Leaders to acquire the necessary knowledge, networks and connections that can help them grow their impact in their area of work, whether regionally or globally.

UICC aims to reach a broad range of potential candidates from across the globe to ensure the final selection reflects a variety of backgrounds, experiences and regions. Candidates from civil society, academia, healthcare and the private sector are all welcome to apply. Candidates may be affiliated with a UICC member organisation, but this is not mandatory.

Candidates with expertise and interests in UICC's key thematic areas of work are particularly encouraged to apply. These include breast cancer, cervical cancer elimination, Universal Health Coverage, access to essential medicines, and tobacco control.

Applications are submitted via proposalCENTRAL, an electronic grant submission system. Please read carefully the eligibility and selection criteria below and download the application guidelines before applying.

Eligibilty criteria

To be eligible for the programme, candidates must:

  • be 40 years old or younger at the application deadline (i.e. 26 May 2021),
  • be fluent in English, both spoken and written, for successful interaction at an international level,
  • have worked professionally in cancer control for at least 5 years.

Selection criteria

The selection panel will look for a profile of:

  • an emerging cancer control professional with demonstrated impact in a local setting,
  • with the skills and leadership potential to bring about positive change in an area of cancer control,
  • who does not already possess the know-how, connections or profile to engage internationally,
  • but has the ambition to grow their impact, influence and networks on a broader regional or global level.


What is expected of Young Leaders during the programme:

  • 12-month commitment, formally starting in conjunction with the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in October 2021 and culminating with the 2022 World Cancer Congress
  • Active participation in UICC’s convening platforms, i.e. World Cancer Leaders’ Summit (WCLS) and World Cancer Congress (WCC), as well as World Cancer Day and Virtual Dialogues as relevant (note: participation to the WCLS and WCC is funded by UICC and is deemed in-person, unless travel restrictions apply)
  • Engagement with UICC’s communications in the form of contributions to news articles, blogposts, social media, or promotional videos, as coordinated by UICC and in alignment with Young Leader’s areas of expertise
  • Disposition to engage, interact and collaborate with fellow Young Leaders and the broader Young Leaders Alumni network
  • Availability to contribute skills, expertise and time to a UICC's project or programme of work, aligned with their skills and interests (within respect of their day-to-day professional commitments)
  • Responsiveness to UICC’s requests related to the administration and monitoring of the programme, including provision of up-to-date contact information and completion of M&E surveys
  • Acting in good faith as a UICC ambassador, upholding the UICC’s mission, vision and values

What can Young Leaders expect from the programme:



Recognition and visibility
within the global cancer control community by showcasing Young Leaders at UICC events and online.



Exclusive opportunities to attend the invite-only World Cancer Leaders’ Summit & speak at the World Cancer Congress.



Support from the UICC team to access relevant learning and connections, and to engage with a relevant UICC's project or programme of work.

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Last update: 
Friday 28 May 2021