Young Leaders Programme 2021-2022 by The Union for International Cancer Control

Deadline Date – 23-May-2021 Grant Size: Not Available

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) is seeking applications from aspiring cancer control professionals with the potential to become future leaders in global cancer control.

The call aims to identify up to eight emerging cancer control professionals with demonstrated impact in a local setting and with the skills and leadership potential to contribute to the global cancer control agenda in the future. Acting as a springboard for international engagement, the programme is an opportunity for Young Leaders to acquire the necessary knowledge, networks and connections that can help them grow their impact in their area of work, whether regionally or globally.

UICC aims to reach a broad range of potential candidates from across the globe to ensure the final selection reflects a variety of backgrounds, experiences and regions. Candidates from civil society, academia, healthcare and the private sector are all welcome to apply. Candidates may be affiliated with a UICC member organisation, but this is not mandatory.

Candidates with expertise and interests in UICC’s key thematic areas of work are particularly encouraged to apply. These include breast cancer, cervical cancer elimination, Universal Health Coverage, access to essential medicines, and tobacco control.


What can Young Leaders expect from the programme:

  • Recognition and visibility within the global cancer control community by showcasing Young Leaders at UICC events and online
  • Exclusive opportunities to attend the invite-only World Cancer Leaders’ Summit & speak at the World Cancer Congress
  • Support from the UICC team to access relevant learning and connections, and to engage with a relevant UICC’s project or programme of work

What is expected of Young Leaders during the programme:

  • 12-month commitment, formally starting in conjunction with the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit in October 2021 and culminating with the 2022 World Cancer Congress
  • Active participation in UICC’s convening platforms, i.e. World Cancer Leaders’ Summit (WCLS) and World Cancer Congress (WCC), as well as World Cancer Day and Virtual Dialogues as relevant (note: participation to the WCLS and WCC is funded by UICC and is deemed in-person, unless travel restrictions apply)
  • Engagement with UICC’s communications in the form of contributions to news articles, blogposts, social media, or promotional videos, as coordinated by UICC and in alignment with Young Leader’s areas of expertise
  • Disposition to engage, interact and collaborate with fellow Young Leaders and the broader Young Leaders Alumni network
  • Availability to contribute skills, expertise and time to a UICC’s project or programme of work, aligned with their skills and interests (within respect of their day-to-day professional commitments)
  • Responsiveness to UICC’s requests related to the administration and monitoring of the programme, including provision of up-to-date contact information and completion of M&E surveys
  • Acting in good faith as a UICC ambassador, upholding the UICC’s mission, vision and values

Eligibility Criteria: Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria American Samoa Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia Bosnia And Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo (Brazzaville) Congo DR Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote DIvoire (Ivory Coast) Croatia Cuba Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guam Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island And Mcdonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hong Kong SAR Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran Iraq Ireland Isle Of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati South Korea North Korea Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Laos Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macau Macedonia Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Marshall Islands Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Micronesia Federated States Of Moldova Republic Of Monaco Mongolia Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Burma(Myanmar) Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands Netherlands Antilles New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Northern Mariana Islands Norway Oman Pakistan Palau Palestinian Territories Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Puerto Rico Qatar Reunion Romania Russia Rwanda Saint Helena Saint Kitts And Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Pierre And Miquelon Saint Vincent And The Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome And Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia And Montenegro Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Slovak Republic Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia And The South Sandwich Islands Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard And Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syria Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania Thailand East Timor (Timor-Leste) Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad And Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks And Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States United States Minor Outlying Islands Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela Viet Nam British Virgin Islands United States Virgin Islands Wallis And Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Montenegro Saint Barthélemy Serbia Kosovo South Sudan

To be eligible for the programme, candidates must:

  • be 40 years old or younger at the application,
  • be fluent in English, both spoken and written, for successful interaction at an international level,
  • have worked professionally in cancer control for at least 5 years.

Eligible Countries:

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