Education and Training

IARC Fellowships for Cancer Research


Call for applications is NOW OPEN (Deadline: 30 November 2016)

The application process for training fellowships in 2017-2018 is now open. Early career scientists wishing to complete their training in those aspects of cancer research related to the Agency’s mission, are invited to apply. Disciplines covered are: epidemiology (all disciplines included), biostatistics, bioinformatics, and areas related to mechanisms of carcinogenesis including molecular and cell biology, molecular genetics, epigenetics, and molecular pathology. Interdisciplinary projects are encouraged.

Fellowships are tenable at IARC in Lyon, France working in a research Group. Applicants are eligible from any country. IARC is particularly keen to promote the development of expertise in cancer research in low- and middle-income countries by training postdoctoral researchers from these countries who can return to apply their new skills and expertise. Therefore, applications from candidates from low- and middle-income countries or applicants from any part of the world, but with projects related to low- and middle-income countries, are encouraged. The Fellowship is for a period of 2 years, the second year being subject to satisfactory appraisal. Candidates are required to have obtained their doctoral degree in the 5 years preceding the closing date for applications. Candidates in the final year of their PhD studies are eligible to apply but must have been awarded their degree by the time of starting their Fellowship (30 November 2017 at the latest). The working languages at IARC are English and French. Candidates must be proficient in English at a level sufficient for scientific communication. Candidates currently working as IARC-funded postdoctoral scientists, or candidates who have worked at the Agency as a postdoc for a period greater than 6 months, cannot be considered. Candidates are required to contact the host Group of their choice at IARC before applying in order to interact closely to establish a proposed programme of mutual interest. Contact with the Group Heads can be made through the Agency's web site (research conducted by different IARC Groups can be viewed here).

Fellowships must be taken up by 30 November 2017. The annual stipend with dependant allowance is competitive compared with other international fellowship schemes. The cost of travel for the Fellow, and in certain circumstances for dependants, will be met, and health insurance covered.

On-line Application form

Deadline: 30 November 2016.

Successful applicants will be notified by 15 April 2017.

More detailed information is available from:
Fellowship Programme
150 cours Albert-Thomas, 69372 Lyon Cedex 08, France
Tel: +33 (0)472 73 84 48; Fax: +33 (0)472 73 80 80; e-mail: