Education and Training

Expertise Transfer Fellowship

Call for applications: There is no call for the time being

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer research Agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). Situated in Lyon, France, IARC has both epidemiology and laboratory Groups, allowing it to fulfil its mission: to coordinate and conduct research on the causes of human cancer, to elucidate the mechanisms of carcinogenesis, and to develop scientific strategies for cancer control.

IARC is offering an Expertise Transfer Fellowship to enable an established investigator to spend 6-12 months in an appropriate host institute in a low- or medium-resource country* in order to transfer knowledge and expertise in a research area relevant for the host country, and related to the Agency’ programmes. The major areas of activity are focused on understanding cancer etiology (including infections, nutrition, lifestyle, environment, radiation, and genetics), developing strategies for cancer prevention (primary prevention, screening, and implementation research), and elucidating the underlying mechanisms of carcinogenesis through studies of molecular and cell biology, molecular genetics, epigenetics, and molecular pathology. The Agency also has strong programmes dedicated to describing the global cancer burden, and to the evaluation of carcinogenicity through its Monographs Programme. There is an emphasis on interdisciplinary work in the Agency’s research activities.

Applications should include a proposed collaborative research project, specifying the link to IARC’s ongoing activities, and a letter of support from the host laboratory giving details of feasibility and anticipated benefit to the receiving institute. A letter of endorsement from a research Group at IARC must also be provided. Priority will be given to projects directly linked to IARC’s ongoing research programmes, involving at least one contact at IARC.

Applicants should be established cancer researchers, actively engaged in the field, with appropriate scientific or medical qualifications, and an excellent publication record. They must also belong to the staff of a university or a research institution.

Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by 30 April of the selection year. The annual remuneration will be US$ 63,600 (net), pro-rata according to length of stay. This amount may include limited support for the project. The cost of travel for the Fellow, and in certain circumstances for dependants, will be met, and health insurance covered. The Fellowship should be taken up no later than 30 November of the selection year.

(*any country other than those classified as high-income economies by the World Bank)