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IARC Fellowships Frequently Asked Questions
IARC Postdoctoral Fellowships

How do I apply?

Applications can be made by completing the online application form.

Which research topics are covered?

Epidemiology (all disciplines included), biostatistics, bioinformatics, and areas related to mechanisms of carcinogenesis, including molecular and cell biology, molecular genetics, epigenetics, and molecular pathology. There is an emphasis on interdisciplinary projects.

Which research topics are not covered?

IARC focuses on cancer prevention. Fellowships are not awarded in the fields of clinical medicine, including diagnostics, therapy, or medicinal drugs.

I have an MD, MPH degree – can I apply?

Candidates with a MD are eligible to apply.

I am currently a PhD student – can I apply?

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 of the year in which the Fellowship will be awarded).

I obtained my PhD degree nearly 5 years ago – Am I eligible to apply?

Candidates are required to have obtained their doctoral degree in the 5 years preceding the start date of the Fellowship. So if the planned start date of your Fellowship is 31 October of the year in which the Fellowship is to be awarded, you must have obtained your PhD degree no earlier than exactly 5 years before that start date.

Are these Fellowships only for candidates from low- and middle-income countries (LMIC)?

Yes, applicants are eligible from any low- and middle-income country (see the World Bank list).

For how long is the Fellowship?

This is a 2-year fellowship

Is a proof of language ability needed?

No. If you wish, you may submit one. You will be able to prove your English proficiency on a scientific level during an interview, should you be pre-selected.

Do I have to complete the medical report form?

No. Candidates can wait for the selection outcome before having the medical report completed by their general practitioner.

Where can I find out more details about what a Postdoctoral Fellowship at IARC entails?
Where can I find details of the research carried out by the Groups at IARC?

See our website.

Where can I find the contact details for Group Heads?

Contact email addresses are found on the “Staff” page of the related Section or Group page.

I did not receive a response from my chosen Group at IARC. Whom can I contact?

Should you have any difficulty in contacting Groups at IARC, please send a message to

Where can I find information about Lyon?
What are the next steps after I submit my application?

Eligibility of candidates is checked by the Pre-selection Committee at the beginning of February. Eligible candidates are contacted for telephone/skype interview during the second half of February or the month of March. The Selection Committee meets at the end of March to review and rank all applications. Candidates are informed of the results of the selection by end of May.

Will I be interviewed?

Preselected candidates will be contacted for telephone/skype interview during the second half of February or during the month of March. The interview lasts approximately 30 minutes.

When will I hear the results?

Candidates will be informed of the results by end-May.

If I am chosen, when can I start my Fellowship?

Successful candidates can start as from July/August of the year of selection. The start date is to be determined in consultation with the host Group and no later than 30 November of the year of selection.

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