Journal Article

International Agency for Research on Cancer fellowships programme—over 30 years of experience

R. Montesano and E.El Akroud

in Carcinogenesis

Volume 20, issue 11, pages 2041-2044
Published in print November 1999 | ISSN: 0143-3334
Published online November 1999 | e-ISSN: 1460-2180 | DOI:
International Agency for Research on Cancer fellowships programme—over 30 years of experience

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In 1966 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) initiated a fellowship programme designed for young postdoctoral scientists from any country in the world who wish to receive training in another country in an area relevant to the aetiology and pathogenesis of cancer. Various disciplines are covered such as cellular and molecular biology, pathology, genetics and biochemistry, and particular attention is given to training in cancer epidemiology. A total of 471 fellowships have been awarded during the last 32 years, averaging 15 fellowships per year, and representing approximately one in four of the applications evaluated every year. Thirty-six percent of the total number of fellowships awarded have come from developing countries and eastern Europe. North America and western Europe are the regions preferentially selected by 98% of the fellows for training, with the USA (48%) and the UK (19%) remaining the most frequently selected countries for a host laboratory. Approximately 82–85% of fellows returned to their home countries and around 82% remain active in cancer research. A total of 101 fellowships have been awarded in epidemiology or biostatistics with the majority of IARC fellows in epidemiology originating from developing countries or developed countries in which the teaching of chronic diseases epidemiology is deficient. In addition, the IARC has received considerable input into its activities through its fellowship programme. The IARC fellowship programme is an effective tool in the provision of training in cancer research to young scientists worldwide, selected on the basis of scientific excellence and has made a substantial contribution to the development of cancer research in many countries.

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Subjects: Clinical Cytogenetics and Molecular Genetics

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