The Union for International CancerControl (UICC’s) Young Leaders Programme 2023/2024 for next generation of cancer leaders.

Application Deadline:  25 May, 2023

The Union for International #CancerControl (UICC’s) Young Leaders programme aims to nurture aspiring young cancer control professionals to become successful leaders in cancer control and the wider global health community. The programme runs every other year, starting in October on the occasion of the World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and culminating the following year at the World Cancer Congress.

In each cycle, up to 10 participants are selected to access learning on global cancer control leadership areas, engage in small group work on key priority topics and take active part in UICC’s two flagship international events.

UICC is encouraging mid-career cancer control professionals, who have contributed to progress in cancer control in their country or region and are motivated to expand their influence to drive impact globally, to apply for the 2023-24 cycle of its Young Leaders programme

Eligibility Requirements

  • To be eligible for the programme, applicants must:
  • Be 40 years old or younger at the application deadline (i.e. 25 May 2023)
  • Be able to communicate in English for successful interaction at an international level
  • Have worked professionally in cancer control for at least 5 years
  • Ideal candidate
  • While the programme welcomes candidates from a broad array of backgrounds and diverse areas of focus across the cancer control continuum, the profile Young Leaders would ideally have in common is that of:
  • A mid-career cancer control professional with a track record of advancing cancer control from a public health perspective in their local context,
  • With a multidisciplinary and collaborative outlook that goes beyond their individual area of expertise, 
  • And with the ambition and potential to help drive impact in cancer control on a broader global or regional scale.


  • Recognition and visibility within the global cancer control community 
  • Travel support to attend the invite-only World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and participate at the World Cancer Congress
  • Access to dedicated learning on global cancer control and leadership
  • Individual accompaniment from the UICC team to access relevant learning and networking opportunities

Focus Areas

International Engagement

UICC Young Leaders start their journey at the invitation-only World Cancer Leaders’ Summit and attend the World Cancer Congress the following year. They also participate in other relevant UICC events, such as World Cancer Day and UICC’s Virtual Dialogues. These opportunites enable Young Leaders to:

  • raise their profiles through dedicated activities at UICC events;
  • network with cancer control leaders and organisations;
  • improve their knowledge of the latest developments in global cancer control.

Learning and Collaboration

  • Opportunity to engage in small group work on a key priority area in global cancer control leading to specific advocacy or knowledge deliverables, such as a call to action, policy paper, opinion piece, a micro-course, podcasts series, or similar.
  • Access to dedicated online classes and virtual meetings to gain insights from experts on global cancer control and leadership themes, as well as share own work with peers and the broader Young Leaders Alumni network.

Individual Support

Each Young Leader will have a point of contact at the UICC secretariat in Geneva who will provide them with individual support throughout the year including:

  • individual needs assessment and mapping of opportunities;
  • connection with relevant members of UICC’s extensive network;
  • opportunities to increase profile through UICC’s programmes, website and social media;
  • tailored assistance to leverage the full range of capacity building opportunities available at UICC in line with their interests and expertise.

Following completion of the programme, Young Leaders will join the growing group of Young Leader Alumni, a proactive community of cancer control professionals who engage with and support UICC’s work.


  •  Application Deadline: Thursday, 25 May, 2023
  • The outcomes of the selection will be communicated to all candidates by mid-July.
  • The programme formally starts with an in-person workshop on 15 October in Long Beach, CA, United States, the day before the 2023 World Cancer Leaders’ Summit, 16-17 October, which the Young Leaders are supported to attend.
  • Regular online classes and group calls will take place from November 2023 to June 2024.
  • Small sub-groups will engage in self-directed project work on a focus area during the course of the programme with the aim to produce a deliverable by September 2024.
  • Young Leaders are then supported to attend the 2024 World Cancer Congress taking place in Geneva on 17-19 September 2024, where the programme culminates.

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the UICC Young Leaders Programme 2023/2024


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