Global Cancer Fellowship Program

The mission of the Global Cancer Program at UCSF’s Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center is to reduce the global cancer burden through innovative research, education, and collaboration.


Our mission reflects our aim to increase collaboration between UCSF faculty, trainees, staff and students and with our international partners.  Through development of formalized institutional partnerships, the Global Cancer Program promotes collaborative investment in cancer-related capacity building, education, and innovation through a variety of cancer-related disciplines.  We are deeply committed to providing training and longitudinal mentorship to early career investigators at UCSF and from our international partner institutions who will become the future leaders in the emerging academic field of global oncology.


Eligible individuals must have an M.D., Ph.D., Pharm.D., R.N. or equivalent and must be early career investigators who are either in the final stages of training or in a junior faculty position. Home institutions will be required to demonstrate commitment to the individual’s research career development through a commitment to providing protected time for research. Global Cancer Fellows must be affiliated with UCSF or one of the Global Cancer Program’s international partner sites. The initial duration of the fellowship will be 12 months, with an option for extension contingent upon productivity and career stage. 


Our Global Cancer Fellowship Program is intended to be responsive to the needs of the individual, depending upon career stage, prior research training, specialty, and desired area of focus. Components include a formal mentoring program with a scholarship oversite committee, access to coursework (in person or via online distance learning) relevant to their career goals, partial support for research activities coursework, and travel, and monthly future cancer leader sessions focused on professional development and research in the field of global oncology.


Example coursework and training resources include:

TICR Summer Workshop 

Advanced Training in Clinical Research 

CTSI Training in Implementation Science

Global Health Pathway (for UCSF medical trainees only)

UCSF Global Health Bootcamp (a Continuing Medical Education course)


The Global Oncology Fellowship Program will cover cost of tuition. The applicant must identify which course(s) would be of interest and demonstrate time available to take the courses. We have learned that these courses are very labor intensive and most people can really only manage 1 course/semester on top of existing commitments (1 course  = $2500).


Applications for the 2024 Global Cancer Fellows cohort are due by June 1. To apply, please submit the following materials to [email protected]

  1.  Personal Statement (Do not exceed 1000 words)
  • Please describe how your career goals relate to global cancer control
  • Describe your previous involvement with relevant coursework, clinical work, research, program or policy development.
  • Please state why you are interested in an international mentored research training experience and how this program will contribute to your professional advancement.
  1. Career Development Plan (Do not exceed 1000 words)

Briefly describe your Career Developmental Plan including anticipated coursework and mentoring plan.

  1. Research Proposal  (Do not exceed 1000 words)

Briefly describe your research proposal including goal or hypothesis, aim(s), and a summary of methodological approach. Include a timeline summarizing what you aim to accomplish within the 12-month timeframe, and the feasibility of the study within the available budget and timeline. Please feel free to submit a pre-existing research proposal summary from other applications as an appendix.  

  1. Budget  

Please describe the funding support that will be required to meet your career development goals. This may include engaging in coursework, research, data analysis, and/or travel during the fellowship period. Please provide a detailed budget that outlines requested costs. Please describe any additional sources of funding that you have available for your salary and proposed research projects that you have or are applying for (This may include T32, D43 or MEPI grant support, secondary fellowships, etc.). Awards will be up to 10,000 USD, and depending on number of accepted applications, partial budgets may be awarded.

  1. Letters of Support

Please provide a Letter of Support from a mentor at your home institution, with a statement of commitment to providing mentorship for research and continued investment in your research career development.

  1. Please submit your CV or NIH-style Biosketch with the application.

Learn more about our current Global Cancer Fellows here!