Deadline: November 30, 2020

Applications are open for the WHO International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) Postdoctoral Fellowships 2021-2023. For more than 50 years, the IARC Fellowship Programme has trained more than 600 rigorously selected early career scientists from more than 80 countries.

Fellowships are tenable at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in Lyon, France. The fellowship is for a period of two years (a brief interim report during the 1st year of the Fellowship as well as a final report at the end will be required).

Candidates are required to prepare their research proposal in line with IARC’s three emerging priorities, as stated below:

  • Evolving cancer risk factors and populations in transition
    IARC host Section/Group: Cancer Surveillance (CSU), Genetic Epidemiology (GEP), Genetic Cancer Susceptibility (GCS), Biomarkers (BMA), Nutritional Epidemiology (NEP), Nutritional Methodology and Biostatistics (NMB), Epigenetics (EGE), Molecular Mechanisms and Biomarker (MMB), Environment and Radiation (ENV), Infections and Cancer Epidemiology (ICE)
  • Implementation research
    IARC host Section/Group: Environment and Radiation (ENV), Infections and Cancer Epidemiology (ICE), Nutritional Epidemiology (NEP), Prevention and Implementation (PRI), Screening (SCR), Infections and Cancer Biology (ICB)
  • Economic and societal impacts of cancer
    IARC host Section/Group: Cancer Surveillance (CSU), Genetic Epidemiology (GEP), Nutritional Epidemiology (NEP), Nutritional Methodology and Biostatistics (NMB), Environment and Radiation (ENV), Screening (SCR)
  • Proposals focusing on cancer and COVID-19 will also be considered (IARC host Section: Cancer Surveillance (CSU)).

Fellowship

  • The current IARC postdoctoral stipend is €2,820 per month.
  • The cost of travel for the successful candidate, and in certain circumstances for dependants, will be met, a dependant’s allowance and a training allowance paid, and health insurance covered, within IARC’s maximum liability.
  • Depending on certain conditions, Fellows from LMIC countries will be able to apply for an IARC return grant of max. €10,000 during the second year of their Fellowship in order to start up an independent research programme linked to IARC’s activities upon return to their LMI country of origin.

Eligibility

  • Open to early career scientists from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
  • All candidates are required to have finished their doctoral degree within five years of the closing date for application.
  • Candidates with an MD are also eligible to apply on condition that their research experience can be considered equivalent to that of a candidate with a doctoral degree.
  • 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 (November 30 of the year in which the Fellowship will be awarded).
  • The working languages at IARC are English and French. Candidates must be proficient in English at a level sufficient for scientific communication.
  • Candidates currently at IARC as fully-funded postdoctoral scientists, or candidates who have been at the Agency as a postdoctoral scientist or a doctoral student for a period greater than six months, cannot be considered.

Application

Applications can be made by completing the online application form. Applications must be submitted by November 30, 2020.

Click here to apply

For more information, visit IARC.

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