Since its inception in 1976, the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) fellowships have contributed to the development of the professional capacity of over 2500 UICC Fellows from over 110 countries by facilitating appropriate person-to-person training in specific areas that are relevant to the cancer research, clinical management and other cancer control activities being conducted in the Fellows’ home countries. Read more for testimonials by awarded fellows.
The aim of the UICC technical fellowships is to create a transfer of cancer control knowledge, skills and techniques through one month international visits.
- Facilitate the international exchange and development of technical knowledge and skills in all areas of cancer control
- Build capacity of the individual and the home organisation through the effective application and dissemination of the newly acquired skills in the home organisation upon return
- Support the development of networks of cancer control professionals for the continued sharing of best practices and knowledge, and the informal provision of ongoing support, guidance or training
The Technical Fellowships focuses on the following topics:
- Cancer prevention
- Causes of cancer
- Cancer registries, analysis of cancer data
- Early detection, pathology, diagnosis, and prognosis
- Cancer treatment
- Patient support, survivorship and palliative care
- health economics, universal health coverage and policy, national cancer control plans
Target candidates are all cancer professionals, including cancer researchers, especially those performing translational, clinical and implementation research, clinicians, nurses and pathologists and public health professionals including epidemiologists, health educators, social workers, nutritionists, administrators and other specialised professional workers working in the field of cancer are all encouraged to apply for a UICC Technical Fellowship.
In line with UICC’s mission to promote greater equity, priority will be given to fellowship applicants based
in low and middle-income countries. In line with this focus, applications from organisations that are of
seeking to build technical skills and knowledge in areas or services of key public health priority will be
given priority over those with access to state-of-the-art technologies, such as robotic surgery for example.
• The applicant may be of any nationality and may reside in any country at the time of the application but must apply to visit a different country for their fellowship visit.
• The applicant must hold a minimum of a Master’s degree. Qualified medical doctors may be considered in the absence of a higher degree (i.e an MD) if they hold or are within a year of holding a board certification (or equivalent) in a cancer-related specialty.
• Registered nurses who have an RN qualification with documented experience of working with cancer patients for at least five years.
• Candidates who are currently participating in a study/educational programme, eg medical, Master’s or PhD students are not eligible to apply, regardless of whether they already hold a Master’s degree or medical equivalent.
• The duration of a fellowship should be between two and eight weeks. Applications for fellowships with shorter or longer durations are not eligible.
• Starting from the date of online submission, applications require 60 days for evaluation. Projects with start dates commencing before this 60-day limit are not eligible.
• To permit effective communication at the host organisation, the candidate must have adequate fluency in a common language.
• The candidate must also be on the staff payroll of a university, research laboratory or institute, hospital, oncology unit, registry or cancer society to where they will return at the end of a fellowship.
The completed application along with all documents must be submitted online in English. Applicants must submit proposals electronically through proposalCENTRAL
It is the responsibility of the applicant to identify a suitable host supervisor, to make contact witht hem and obtain their agreement to host and mentor them for the duration of the fellowship visit. An invitation letter from the host supervisor and a host supervisor attestation form signed by them must be uploaded as part of the application in order to be eligible.
More information can be found on the UICC website and in the general conditions and Application guidelines.