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IARC Summer School – Call closed


IARC Summer School 2023 application is now closed.
There is no Summer School in 2024 – The next edition will be in 2025 (the call for application will open in November 2024)

The IARC Summer School is designed for researchers and health professionals involved in cancer prevention and cancer control. Tailored to foster international collaboration, the IARC Summer School offers a unique multicultural and multidisciplinary learning environment, to expand your network and enable interactions with IARC faculty and invited international experts, as well as among participants.
Two modules, as per the Modules at a Glance section, are offered (each participant can attend only one module) and are structured to offer a combination of:

    • autonomous learning on an online space: educational material, pre-course individual and group assignments, live online sessions (depending on the module, the online part is 4 weeks or 2 weeks long with live sessions) – please check the overview of the modules below and the time commitment expected from participants.
    • face-to-face training during 5 days in IARC’s new premises, in Lyon, France, with high-level multidisciplinary lectures, group work and practical activities facilitated by IARC faculty, and “Meet IARC scientists” in-person meetings!

Key dates and time commitments can be found in the module descriptions below.

Modules at a Glance

“Introduction to Cancer Epidemiology”
This course will focus on the practical application of epidemiological principles and methods to various cancer control activities, mainly targeting the search for the causes of cancer.

“Implementing Cancer Prevention and Early Detection” **
This course will provide a broad perspective on principles, concepts, issues, and practices of cancer prevention, early detection, and programme implementation.




** IMPORTANT – Prerequisite to apply to the Prevention Module.

Those interested in applying to the module on “Implementing Cancer Prevention and Early Detection” must submit a certificate of completion of the self-paced learning path  “Introduction to Cancer Prevention and Early Detection” in the online application form.  Create an account on the IARC Learning portal to complete the prerequisite self-paced learning path now!  Click here and follow guidance.

Who can apply?

The following are invited to apply: cancer registry staff, epidemiologists, statisticians, physicians and oncologists, public health specialists, postgraduate students, and others with a direct interest in working in cancer epidemiology, cancer registration, and activities related to cancer control, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. For the Prevention module please check the  important** prerequisite information above. All participants must be fluent in English, the working language of the course.

Important – Before you apply:

  • Participants can attend only one module. 
  • Familiarize yourself with the topics and learning objectives of your module of interest.
  • Carefully consider the dates and the time commitment needed to complete your module of interest. Participants are required to attend all scheduled activities. A certificate of completion will be issued to participants who have attended the entire course and performed all online and face-to-face scheduled activities.
  • For the Prevention module please check the important** prerequisite information above. A completion certificate will be requested in the application process.
  • Seek your supervisor’s agreement and the support of your Institution. A signed letter of support from your supervisor/institution will be requested in the application process. Please download the following guidance to prepare your letter of support.
  • A list of fields that will need to be completed in the application form is available here.


What equipment will I need to participate in the IARC Summer School?

  • A stable Internet connection.
  • A desktop computer or laptop with Internet connectivity and video camera and microphone functionality.
  • A laptop during the face-to-face classes time


Is there a course fee?

Yes, the registration fee to attend the IARC Summer School (only one module can be attended) is €1800. 

Please note that IARC Scholarships are available to support applicants working in and affiliated to an institution based in a low-income, lower-middle-income or upper-middle-income country. Please check the current World Bank Country Classification to see the country classification of the institution you are working for: Low-Income (LIC), Lower-Middle-Income (LMIC), Upper-Middle-Income (UMIC) or High-Income (HIC).
Applicants from HIC are not eligible for IARC Scholarships and will have to pay the registration fee at the time of confirmation of their selection.
The registration fee (€1800) includes:

  • 53-57 hours of training (depending on the chosen module) and certificate of completion of the following components:
    • Participation in the online part (2 to 4 weeks): access to self-paced learning resources, quiz, pre-course assignments, initiation of a group work assignment, attendance of scheduled live sessions with faculty members, facilitators and other participants.
    • Participation in the face-to-face part (5 days): in-person classes, group work preparation, practical activities, site visit (in the Prevention module), social activities, etc.
  • Possibility to meet IARC scientists of the participant’s choice to seek guidance on their research focus or/and to explore options for future collaboration in the area of cancer prevention research.
  • Access to the dedicated online space of the IARC Summer School, and the IARC Learning portal and resources.
  • Welcome reception, coffee breaks and lunch during the 5 days of training at IARC.
  • Facilitation of visa procedures (IARC support attestation and official invitation letter); Participants are responsible for paying the visa application fee themselves.

Application is now closed
Results will be notified from mid-February 2023

Modules have limited enrolment!

Need more information? Listen to the Scientific Coordinators and our participants!
Visit the Frequently Asked Questions  for more information.

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