IARC/WHO Postdoctoral Fellowships for Training in Cancer Research 2019-2020

Lyons, Rhône (FR)
The annual fellowship stipend is competitive compared to other international fellowships
September 25 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer Agency of the World Health Organization (WHO). Situated in Lyon, France, IARC houses both epidemiology and laboratory Groups allowing it to fulfil its mission: to coordinate and conduct both epidemiological and laboratory research into the causes of human cancer, to elucidate the mechanisms of carcinogenesis and to develop scientific strategies for cancer prevention and control. 

The application process for training fellowships in 2019-2020 is now open. Early career scientists wishing to complete their training in those aspects of cancer research related to the Agency’s mission, are 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. 

Fellowships are tenable at IARC in Lyon, France working in a research Group. Applicants are eligible from any low and middle income country (see the World Bank link https://datahelpdesk.worldbank.org/knowledgebase/articles/906519) 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. The fellowship is for a period of two years, the second year being subject to satisfactory appraisal. 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 (30 November 2019 at the latest). 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 worked at the Agency as a postdoctoral scientist or a student for a period greater than six months, cannot be considered. 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 viewed here: http://www.iarc.fr/en/research-groups/index.php).

The annual stipend with dependant allowance is competitive compared with other international fellowships schemes. The cost of travel for the Fellow, and in certain circumstances for dependants, will be met and health insurance covered. Fellowships must be taken up by 30 November 2019.    

Successful applicants will be notified by end of May 2019.

More detailed information is available from:

Fellowship Programme
150 cours Albert-Thomas, 69372 Lyon Cedex 08, France
Tel: +33 (0)472 73 84 48; e-mail: fel@iarc.fr; Website: http://www.iarc.fr