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Facts and Figures

Since 1967, IARC’s Education and Training Programme has made a substantial contribution to the development of cancer research in many countries through the training of cancer researchers in areas of the Agency’s competence.

This has, in turn, contributed to the shaping of the Agency’s research strategy and to widening its network of collaborators; it has also promoted and enhanced IARC’s reputation and standing worldwide as an international organization.

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IARC Postdoctoral Fellowships 1966-2019

Since 1966, 633 IARC Postdoctoral Fellowships have been awarded to young scientists from over 82 countries. In the ten last years, the majority of fellows were from LMICs. The call for IARC Postdoctoral Fellowships opens every two years.

Next call: September 2020

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IARC Postdoctoral Fellowships impact

80% of past Fellows are now working in the public sector, with three quarters still active in cancer research. Fellows from LMICs who benefited from a Return Grant indicate that this benefited their career as well as their institution (promotion, related funding, continuation of the project initiated at IARC, etc.).
More than 95% of Fellows considered the Fellowship to be either decisive (68%) or helpful (28%) for their career (the other items being “minimal” 4% or “adverse” 0%).***

*** From the last survey carried out in 2019, targeting the 28 Fellows supported BY THE SECOND COFUND GRANT FROM THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION COVERING THE PERIOD 2013–2019.

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IARC Early Career and Visiting scientists (2018-2019)

The Agency hosts close to 200 Early Career and Visiting Scientists each year (around 100 at any point in time), making it an ideal multicultural environment for education, training, and expertise exchange.

During the biennium 2018-2019, a total of 295 Early Career and Visiting Scientists from over 62 different countries have been trained at IARC.

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IARC Summer School

The IARC Summer School in Cancer Epidemiology is a major training event that takes place in Lyon during June and July every two years, and targets a wide range of professionals with a direct interest in working in cancer epidemiology or registration, particularly from LMICs.

The next call will open end of 2020.

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IARC Courses

International courses on basic and advanced topics related to cancer research are organized either at IARC or worldwide, mainly in LMICs.
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