IARC Postdoctoral Fellowships for Cancer Research

International Agency for Research on Cancer

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Grant amount: Approximately €33,000

Anticipated deadline: Nov 30, 2019

Applicant type: Postdoctoral Researcher

Funding uses: Conference, Fellowship

Location of project: France

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within 5 years of receiving their PhD

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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) is the specialized cancer agency of the World Health Organization.

The objective of the IARC is to promote international collaboration in cancer research. The Agency is inter-disciplinary, bringing together skills in epidemiology, laboratory sciences and biostatistics to identify the causes of cancer so that preventive measures may be adopted and the burden of disease and associated suffering reduced.

A significant feature of the IARC is its expertise in coordinating research across countries and organizations; its independent role as an international organization facilitates this activity. The Agency has a particular interest in conducting research in low and middle-income countries through partnerships and collaborations with researchers in these regions.

Postdoctoral Fellowships

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

  • 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. IARC is particularly keen to promote the development of expertise in cancer research in low- and middle-income countries by training postdoctoral researchers from these countries who can return to apply their new skills and expertise.

The Fellowship is for a period of 2 years, the second year being subject to satisfactory appraisal.The annual stipend with dependant allowance is competitive compared with other international fellowship schemes. The cost of travel for the Fellow, and in certain circumstances for dependants, will be met, and health insurance covered.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Early career scientists from any country are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates are required to have obtained their doctoral degree in the 5 years preceding the closing date for applications. 
    • 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 2017 at the latest).
  • Candidates with a MD are eligible to apply.
  • Candidates must be proficient in English at a level sufficient for scientific communication.
  •  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.


  • Priority is given to candidates from low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), or to candidates from other countries with projects of relevance to LMICs.


  • Candidates currently working as IARC-funded postdoctoral scientists, or candidates who have worked at the Agency as a postdoc for a period greater than 6 months, cannot be considered.
  •  Fellowships are not awarded in the fields of clinical medicine, including diagnostics, therapy, or medicinal drugs.