Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International Cancer (YY) Study Grants

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

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The YY Study Grants provide an important opportunity to advance cancer research through international collaboration. Their purpose is to enable individuals from any country to carry out cancer research projects abroad and including the opportunity to receive further training in research methods or techniques. Since its inception in 1972, the YY Study Grant programme has contributed to the professional capacity development of over 330 Fellows from over 40 countries. 

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Call dates

Call opens:  Autumn 2024
Call closes:  tbc

Eligible candidates: 

  • Possess PhD (or equivalent degree*) at least 2 years prior to the application closing date of the YY Selection applied for
  • Actively engaged in cancer research
  • Recent publications in the international peer-reviewed literature

Practical information:

Target candidates: Researchers, clinicians, epidemiologists, public health professionals

Duration: Three months

Extension: Up to two months with funding secured by the fellow from other sources and at no cost to UICC

Available: Four to five YY Study Grants 

Average value: US$ 10,000 

Research type: Basic, translational, public health or applied cancer research

Notification of results: To be confirmed

Note: This is not a clinical training fellowship

Click here to read about YY Study grant Fellows awarded in 2020, 2022 and 2023 (PDF)

What do the YY Study Grantees say ?

“My project is focused on identifying new biological targets that can be translated into novel clinical approaches for thyroid cancer. Through this fellowship, I will have a unique opportunity to get new skills and training in leading-edge technology and methodologies in the field. It will offer me an excellent opportunity to reinforce existing collaborative relationships and establish new ones. It will help me achieve my academic and professional goals of developing an independent career in the field of thyroid research.”
Laura Fozzatti, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina
“This fellowship will give me the opportunity to forge ahead using a transdisciplinary approach towards discovery of new therapeutics for cancer control. The fellowship will be combining concepts of artificial intelligence for the development of an imaging platform for In-Ovo image analysis for preclinical testing of anticancer agents. In addition this fellowship will enable lasting collaborations with host lab for future collaborative research.”
Seema Bhatnagar, Amity University Noida, India

The Japan National Committee for UICC is a group of Japanese organisations that are members of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), gathered to support the UICC to strive to realise the World Cancer Declaration. Currently UICC-Japan is composed of 29 full Japanese UICC members, including major cancer specialists in Japan, cancer centres, research institutes, research funds, hospitals and cancer associations.

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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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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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In the last 60 years UICC has awarded over 4200 fellowships to cancer professionals from over 140 different countries.

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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 23 February 2024

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