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 Application 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   

The fellow will receive 40,000€ for a one year project.

The host institutes will receive 1,000€ to cover administration costs.

Second year prolongation, including additional 40,000€, upon request and subsequent approval. Download the request form

Application requirements

Please read the full Guidelines and Application Instructions for Research Fellowships before starting your application.

Applicants must satisfy all the below criteria:

  • Be an ESMO member age 40 or under at the time of application
  • Be an oncologist with at least one year experience in medical, radiation or surgical oncology and currently engaged in cancer research or clinical oncology practice
  • Be proficient in English

Application must include:

  • Completed online application form
  • Digital portrait photograph
  • Detailed description of research project* proposal including timeline
  • Motivation letter, including project goals and how the acquired techniques will be used in the home institute/country
  • Acceptance letter from the person responsible for the project at the host facility (mentor)
  • Recommendation letter from the applicant’s department head at home institute

* Whilst any project in the field is eligible, research projects in the area of GI cancers, immunotherapies in melanoma, oncolytic viruses and bone health in cancer patients are particularly welcome.

Application review process:

Applications are reviewed by the ESMO Fellowship Committee which comprises leaders in the oncology field. The committee will evaluate and score all aspects of the application, and in particular focus on:

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

Applicants with the highest score will be awarded the fellowship.

The applicant’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; applicants will be notified about the result approximately 1-2 months after the application deadline.