ESMO Translational Research Fellowships

Comprehensive bench-to-bedside training in translational research. Fellows have the opportunity to learn about the latest developments in basic cancer research.

European centres of excellence serve as host institutes providing the necessary support to develop specific high-quality translational research projects in oncology, and helps fellows gain valuable international experience.

Fellowship Deadline
Translational Research Fellowship Applications currently closed

The Translational Research Fellowships are designed to:

  • Provide training in translational research in European centres with an international reputation in the field
  • Improve career development through collaboration with European institutions of excellence
  • Provide the necessary support to develop specific high-quality translational research projects in oncology

Amount and duration   

  • 35,000€  for 1 year
  • Host institutes receive 1,000€ for administration costs

Second year prolongation, including additional 35,000€, upon request and subsequent approval. Download the request form

Application requirements

Candidates must:

  • Be a Full or Junior ESMO member in good standing at the time of application – renew your membership here
  • Be an oncologists with at least 1 year experience in medical, radiation or surgical oncology
  • Be under the age of 40
  • Be proficient in English

Application must include:

  • Completed online application form
  • Digital photograph
  • Detailed description of research project proposal including timeline
  • Brief statement of project goals and how the acquired techniques will be used in the home institute/country
  • Name of host institute and acceptance letter from the person responsible for the project at the host facility
  • Letter of recommendation from the candidate’s department head

Application review process:

Applications are reviewed by the ESMO Fellowship and Award Committee which comprises leaders in the field of medical, radiation, or surgical oncology as well as basic scientists participating in cancer research. The committee will select the recipients after evaluating and scoring all aspects of the application.

  • The extent and level of previous education (CV)
  • Motivation letter
  • Other professional training and publications
  • Research project
  • Quality of the application, overall strategy, methodology, and proposed analyses of the research data as well as and appropriateness to accomplish the specific aims within the grant term.
  • Feasibility of the project given the time frame and the budget

The Committee will evaluate each applicant taking into consideration the above irrespective of race, sex, nationality, or religious/political views.

The candidate’s supervisors in both the host and home institute should preferably be Full ESMO members.

Important: All applications must be submitted in English; incomplete applications will not be accepted