Established in 1962, the Fellowships is one of UICC's oldest and most established portfolio of programmes.

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What are UICC Fellowships? 

  • Short-term international training and learning opportunities for professionals working in all aspects of cancer control (click here and here for examples of recently awarded Fellows and their chosen topics).
  • Individual in-person visits or virtual sessions with leading experts to gain technical knowledge and tailored advice.


Established in 1962, the Fellowships programme is one of UICC's oldest and most established initiative. Whilst it has developed and adapted over time, the programme's objective remains the same: to strengthen workforce capacity in cancer control by facilitating the exchange of knowledge, expertise and technical skills in cancer prevention, early detection and diagnosis, treatment and palliative care. UICC Fellowships also enable networking and collaboration across institutions and countries.




Enabling the exchange of knowledge, skills and techniques for cancer control through one-month international visits. Fellowships can be clinical observerships, on translational, operational or clinical research or in public health fields.

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Destinées aux personnels de santé travaillant dans le domaine du cancer basés en Afrique francophone, une visite d’un mois pour acquérir de nouvelles compétences et renforcer des collaborations.

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Supporting individuals from UICC member organisations to obtain expert learning and guidance in cancer control via a series of facilitated one-to-one video calls.

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Training of postdoctoral and clinical cancer researchers through three-month international collaborative projects. 

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Programme overview

Fellowship programmes Call dates Duration of visit Award amount Eligible Candidates Language of Application
Technical Fellowships 

To be confirmed

From two weeks to two months

2,200 to 5,800 USD

Master's Degree or medical equivalent


Bourses pour l’Afrique Francophone A confirmer De deux semaines jusqu'à deux mois 2,200 à 5,800 USD Titulaires d’un Master ou équivalent Français
YY study grants 1 September - 30 November 2023 Three months 10,000 USD >2 years post PhD English
Virtual Fellowships 

1 April - 31 December 2023

Four one-hour video calls


Cancer control professionals working in a UICC member organisation

English, French or Spanish


The UICC Fellowships programme support individuals from all over the world, and from all areas of cancer control. Over 4,000 fellowships have been awarded to date. 99% of Fellows would recommend going on a UICC fellowship, with 84% reporting that the skills and knowledge gained during their fellowship had a positive impact on cancer patients.


Long-term impact

Download and distribute the UICC Fellowships Flyer within your network

Applicants from all regions are welcome.

UICC Fellowship Flyer 2020
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The UICC Fellowships annual activity report 2021 

Summarises the results of the Technical Fellowships, the Bourses pour l'Afrique Francophone, the YY Study grants and the Virtual fellowships.

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Programme chairs and reviewer committee members

Each of the Fellowships programmes is supported by a pool of external reviewers, international experts across all fields of cancer control. Each application is reviewed by a minimum of two reviewers, and a final decision is made by the respective Programme Chair.

UICC would like to acknowledge and thank the Programme Chairs and reviewers for their time and dedication.

Fellowship partners

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Virtual Fellowships allow cancer professionals from UICC member organisations to obtain expert learning and guidance in cancer control in English, French or Spanish, through a series of four one-to-one video calls with experts.

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

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En 2017 UICC a lancé un programme de bourses pour le personnel de santé et les autres professionnels travaillant dans le domaine du cancer en Afrique francophone.

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The YY Study Grants provide an important opportunity to advance cancer research through international collaboration. 

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In the last 50 years UICC has awarded over 4000 fellowships to cancer professionals from over 140 different countries.

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Fellows who have successfully completed a fellowship are invited to join the Association of UICC Fellows.

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UICC regularly reviews its capacity building programmes to ensure UICC programmes are not only contemporary but also targeted to meet the emerging needs of cancer control organisations and contribute to the development of cancer control at a country level.

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Participants of a workshop at the 2022 World Cancer Congress in Geneva, Switzerland (October 2022)

Fostering an influential cancer community with the skills, knowledge, networks and resources to achieve effective cancer prevention and control.  

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UICC has been supporting the continuing education of cancer control professionals through online learning since 2014.

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UICC has a long history of building capacity for cancer organisations globally through grant making.

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The UICC's organisational leadership workstream is designed to provide leaders in cancer organisations at all levels with spaces to acquire new skills, and opportunities to collaborate and take action together.

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UICC’s Cancer Advocates programme provides an opportunity for civil society organisations (CSOs) from low- and middle-income countries to gain the skills and knowledge to engage in national advocacy efforts for improved cancer control. The programme is available in English, French and Spanish.

UICC's Virtual Dialogues provide members, and the cancer community, with regular opportunities to connect, exchange knowledge, access expert insights, and share solutions from the comfort of one's office or home.

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Launched in 2018, the Patient Group Mentoring programme is a tailored mentorship programme dedicated to building capacity of a representative cohort of patient groups at the regional level.

Last update

Friday 31 March 2023

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