Cancer Research Postdoctoral Fellowships, France

Deadline: 30 November 2013
Open to: candidates with a doctoral degree (PhD)
Fellowship: annual stipend of 33 000 Euros, plus travel costs and health insurance


A period of postdoctoral training at the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides a unique opportunity for cancer research training in an international environment with high profile research activities. Compared to traditional postdoctoral fellowships, IARC postdoctoral fellows have manifold opportunities to establish an international network, become involved in multinational studies or consortia, or meet renowned researchers in their field collaborating with or working at IARC. The programme is designed to provide young researchers with a strong foundation for a career in cancer research.

Applications for training fellowships in 2014-2015 are invited from junior scientists wishing to complete their training in those aspects of cancer research related to the Agency’s mission: to coordinate and conduct both epidemiological and laboratory research into the causes and prevention of cancer. Disciplines covered are: epidemiology (including genetic and molecular), biostatistics, bioinformatics, and areas related to mechanisms of carcinogenesis including molecular and cell biology, molecular genetics, epigenetics, and molecular pathology. There is an emphasis on interdisciplinary projects.

IARC awards between eight to eleven new fellowships per year, depending on availability of funds. Fellowships are tenable at the IARC in Lyon, France working in a research Group. The fellowship is for a period of two years, the second year being subject to satisfactory appraisal. Fellowships must be taken up by 30 November 2014.


The annual stipend with dependant allowance is competitive compared with other international fellowships schemes. The annual stipend is currently 33 000 Euros (net) and will be paid monthly in advance. Stipends are not considered as a substitute for any salary paid to a Fellow at home. The cost of travel for the Fellow, and in certain circumstances for dependants, will be met and health insurance covered.


Applicants are eligible from any country. The IARC is particularly keen to promote the development of expertise in cancer research in low- and medium-resource countries by training postdoctoral researchers from these countries who can return to apply their new skills and expertise. Therefore, applications from candidates from low- and medium-resource countries or applicants from any part of the world but with projects related to low- and medium-resource countries are encouraged.

Candidates are required to have finished their doctoral degree (Ph.D.) within five years of the closing date for application, or be in the final phase of completing their doctoral degree. The working languages at IARC are English and French. Candidates must be proficient in English at a level sufficient for scientific communication. Candidates currently working as IARC-funded postdoctoral scientists, or candidates who have worked at the Agency for a period greater than six months, cannot be considered. Candidates are encouraged to contact the host Group of their choice at IARC before application in order to interact closely to establish a proposed programme of mutual interest.


Applications are to be submitted online by 30 November 2013. Access the online application form HERE.

See the official call HERE for further details.

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