Fellowship outcomes and impact

In the last 50 years UICC has awarded over 4000 fellowships to cancer professionals from over 140 different countries.

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In the last 60 years, UICC has awarded over 4200 fellowships to cancer professionals from over 140 different countries. During these years, the UICC Fellowships programme has served as a driving force for knowledge exchange, promoting technical skills training, and reinforcing capacities worldwide.

Over the past 10 years, 355 Fellows have been surveyed to evaluate the long-term impacts of their fellowship visits. On average, 97% of responders would recommend the fellowship experience to their colleagues, 85% have established last lasting contacts with their host supervisors while 75% considered that the fellowship visit has contributed positively to their professional growth.

Fellowship Timeline

Since the programme’s creation in 1962, there have been various different formats of fellowship visit, as described below, varying from visits of a couple of weeks up to a year’s duration. Two sub-programmes for Francophone Africa in 2017, (Bourses pour l’Afrique Francophone) and in 2024, for Latin America, (Beca para América Latina) have been translated into French and Spanish respectively in order to encourage more applications from these regions, and Virtual Fellowships were introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic where Fellows are trained by experts via video calls.

Post-one-year fellowship survey

To ensure the Fellowship programme continues to meet high standards, Fellows’ experiences are captured through a survey one year after the completion of their fellowship visits to evaluate the long-term impact of the programme and to gauge the level of satisfaction from the Fellows so that improvements can be made.

2023 Results

In December 2023, 81 Fellows responded to a post-one year survey.

Fellows would recommend going on a fellowship visit 

Fellows consider the fellowship led to an improvement in the quality of their organisation’s cancer care services (43% “A lot”, 31% “Considerably)

Fellows are still in contact with their host supervisor over a year after their fellowship visit.

Fellows considered the fellowship contributed positively to their professional growth with 72%  that had been given considerably more responsibility within their current role as a result of the fellowship.

Fellows considered that the skills and knowledge gained during their fellowship had a positive impact (direct or indirect) on cancer patients.

Fellows shared the skills and knowledge gained during their fellowship visit with ten or more colleagues.

Spotlight on Fellowship topics

The follow articles showcase how our fellows have contributed to key cancer control priority areas through their fellowship projects. 

Building geriatric oncology collaborations in North America

Dr Enrique Soto Pérez de Celis, former UICC Young Leader, obtained a Technical Fellowship to visit Dr Shabbir Alibhai at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Older Adults with Cancer Clinic (OACC) in 2023 and build clinical and research collaborations across North American cancer institutions: Read more

Operation 1000 women : lessons learned from Kenya

Eveline Tata Mayaah from Humanity at Heart in Cameroon visited Kenya in 2019, and shares how upon her return to Cameroon she created a programme “Operation 1000 women”, aimed at raising awareness about cervical and breast cancer. Read more

How UICC is building capacity in Francophone Africa

Doctor Alinon from Togo shares his personal experience of his UICC fellowship visit in 2017 to Congo-Brazzaville with the aim of strengthening patient management and palliative care services in his country. Read more

Association of UICC Fellows

The Association of UICC Fellows (AUF) is a diverse network of 1575 members coming from 114 countries around the world. Members of the AUF are cancer professionals working in various fields, collectively covering the entire continuum of cancer care, including prevention, early detection, treatment and care, palliative care, and survivorship.

In 2024, more networking opportunities will be offered to its members to facilitate the sharing of best practices, collaboration, and ongoing professional development. These efforts aim to foster a vibrant community where members can leverage each other's expertise, collaborate on innovative projects, and collectively contribute to the global fight against cancer.

“Fellowship at King Hussein Cancer Center was transformative, equipping me with invaluable skills and insights that will undoubtedly elevate our institution's tobacco dependence treatment initiatives. The experience has not only broadened my clinical expertise but also fostered lasting collaborations, enriching both personal and professional growth. I am confident that the knowledge gained will significantly enhance patient care and contribute to advancements in our institution's research goals.”
Dr. Ayman Al-Dahshan, 2023 Technical Fellow, from the Memorial Souad Kafafi University Hospital
"Being a UICC fellow is an outstanding opportunity to sharpen skills across different areas of cancer research and receive exceptional training to become a leader in the field of cancer control. It is also a valuable route to furthering career development, adding value to the work of one’s home institution and expanding professional networks."
Chris Wild, Director of IARC speaking at the 2016 WCLS
Christopher P. Wild, PhD, ICRETT Fellow 1984 and 1992 and former Director

UICC Young Leader and Technical Fellow Dr Christian Ntizimira champions palliative care in Rwanda

Staff of the African Center for End of Life Care
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Building geriatric oncology collaborations in North America: a visit to Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

Enrique Soto with a patient
Enrique Soto-Pérez-de-Celis MD
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Global breast cancer stage: my time at IARC

UICC Technical Fellow Javier David Benítez Fuentes with a woman colleague at IARC reading a report on a computer screen during his Fellowship at IARC
Javier David, Benitez Fuentes
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"I am a strong advocate for sharing practices. We don't all need to go through trial and error or reinvent the wheel. However, it is important to adapt the knowledge acquired to the realities of our low resources settings for our skills to be useful. I have personally very much benefited from my UICC fellowship in the US. So much so that I have encouraged and helped my colleague in Senegal apply for a UICC fellowship himself and it has been approved. Currently, I am supporting a colleague who lives in Cameroun to apply too. Two years after my return from my fellowship, I have hosted a fellowship candidate from Rwanda. That is what I call knowledge transfer; of which I am a strong advocate."
Sokhna Ndiaye, Technical Fellow from Senegal, 2015
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Established in 1962, the Fellowships is one of UICC's oldest and most established portfolio of programmes.

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Virtual Fellowships allow cancer professionals from UICC member organisations to obtain expert learning and guidance in cancer control in English, French or Spanish, through a series of four one-to-one video calls with experts.

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Transfer of cancer control knowledge, skills and techniques through two-week to two-month international visits 

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En 2017 UICC a lancé un programme de bourses pour le personnel de santé et les autres professionnels travaillant dans le domaine du cancer en Afrique francophone.

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The YY Study Grants provide an important opportunity to advance cancer research through international collaboration. 

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Fellows who have successfully completed a fellowship are invited to join the Association of UICC Fellows.

UICC regularly reviews its capacity building programmes to ensure UICC programmes are not only contemporary but also targeted to meet the emerging needs of cancer control organisations and contribute to the development of cancer control at a country level.

Last update

Friday 03 May 2024

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