International Agency for Research on Cancer -- IARC Fellowships for Cancer Research

Funding Agency:
World Health Organization

Early career scientists wishing to complete their training in those aspects of cancer research related to the Agency’s mission, will be 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.

Applicants are eligible from any low and middle income country (see the World Bank link) as IARC is particularly keen to promote the development of expertise in cancer research in these countries by training postdoctoral researchers who can return to apply their new skills and expertise.

Fellowships are tenable at IARC in Lyon, France working in a research Group. 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 the different IARC Groups and respective contact details can be found at the Research Sections pages.

The fellowship is for a period of two years, the second year being subject to satisfactory appraisal.

Deadline: Nov. 30, 2020 (tentative)

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates are required to have obtained their doctoral degree in the five years preceding the start date of the Fellowship. 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.

The working languages at IARC are English and French. Candidates must be proficient in English at a level sufficient for scientific communication.

Funding Type



Post Doctoral Fellows


Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 30, 2020