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

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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.

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.


Enabling the exchange of knowledge, skills and techniques for cancer control through two short weeks to a 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 

15 June to 15 August 2023

From two weeks to two months

2,200 to 5,800 USD

Master's Degree or medical equivalent


Bourses pour l’Afrique 15 juin à 15 aout 2023 De deux semaines jusqu'à deux mois 2,200 à 5,800 USD Titulaires d’un Master ou équivalent Français
YY study grants 15 September - 15 November 2023 Three months up to maximum 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

Founded in 1951 to support cancer research, the Swedish Cancer Society is an independent non-profit organization with the vision of finding cures for cancer. The overall aim of the Society is to achieve a higher survival rate and a reduction in the incidence of cancer. Their main task is to raise and distribute money for cancer research. As one of the largest financiers of cancer research in Sweden, the Swedish Cancer Society essentially acts as a national research council. Thanks to the organization’s extensive knowledge about cancer, the Swedish Cancer Society is also active in areas such as public opinion and spreading knowledge about cancer, as well as results of cancer research.

Founded in 1936, the Cancer Society of Finland is the largest patient and public health organisation in Finland as well as being an expert organisation nationally. The aim of CSF is to prevent cancer, promote health and ensure a good quality of life for people with cancer. The CSF comprises of 12 regional cancer societies and six national patient organisations. The CSF’s member societies are independent actors that adhere to commonly agreed values and working principles. Activities are based on the results of scientific research, which is funded through grants offered by the Cancer Foundation Finland sr and the Foundation for the Finnish Cancer Institute sr. The Finnish Cancer Registry is a statistical and epidemiological cancer research institute that has run a database of all cases of cancer in Finland since 1952.

Established in 1984, the China Anti-Cancer Association (CACA) is a non-government and non-profit organisation with a mission to unite people involved in all branches of oncology with a shared interest in fighting cancer. CACA is dedicated to improving cancer control in China through increasing the survival rates, and decreasing the incidence and mortality rates of cancer. CACA plays an important role in promoting academic exchange, organising public education, establishing collaboration with international cancer societies, and providing data and advice to the Chinese government for making strategies and policies on cancer control. The branches consist of 45 professional societies, 47 full membership organisations, and 30 local anti-cancer associations with a total membership exceeding 47,000.

Israel Cancer Association (ICA) was founded in 1952. Many years of involvement and a proud record of achievement have earned ICA widespread recognition, both nationally and internationally, as a prime leader in the fight against cancer.

The Japan National Committee for UICC is a group of Japanese organisations that are members of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), gathered to support the UICC to strive to realise the World Cancer Declaration. Currently UICC-Japan is composed of 29 full Japanese UICC members, including major cancer specialists in Japan, cancer centres, research institutes, research funds, hospitals and cancer associations.

The Swiss Cancer League is a national, charitable, private organisation, founded in 1910. It is the Berne-based headquarter of an association of 19 regional cancer leagues. The Swiss Cancer League covers all aspects of cancer, with the aim of ensuring that fewer people develop cancer, fewer people suffer and die from the consequences of cancer and more people can be treated successfully. The organisation supports innovative cancer research projects, increases public awareness of prevention measures and is committed to early diagnosis and treatment. One of its first concerns is to ensure high-quality advice and psychological support for all cancer patients and survivors and their caretakers. The Swiss Cancer League also supports other cancer control organisations in low income countries.

National Cancer Centre (NCC) was established in 2000. It strives to improve national health and welfare by reducing the incidence and mortality of cancer through research, patient care, education & training, and support for the national cancer control programs. "Vision 2020" is a program that represents the organizations goals into the future, where it fights to protect the Korean people from cancer through innovative research, quality medical care, optimal training of cancer experts, and support for national cancer control programs. 

The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation® is saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection. The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is one of the leading voluntary health organizations in the U.S. and the only U.S. non-profit focused solely on cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, it has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence and fulfils its mission through research, education, outreach and advocacy. The Foundation’s vision is to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!®

Sanofi is a global life sciences company committed to improving access to healthcare and supporting the people we serve throughout the continuum of care. From prevention to treatment, Sanofi transforms scientific innovation into healthcare solutions, in human vaccines, rare diseases, multiple sclerosis, oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular solutions and consumer healthcare. More than 110,000 people at Sanofi are dedicated to make a difference on patients’ daily life, wherever they live and enable them to enjoy a healthier life.

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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.

Participants of the Cancer Advocacy Programme showing their coloured hands

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

Tuesday 26 September 2023

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