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ESMO Oncology Fellowship Programme: Enhancing Careers since 1989

ESMO Fellowships 30 Years

For over 30 years ESMO has supported more than 500 young oncologists through a range of fellowships that have provided valuable educational opportunities, shaped professional lives and enhanced careers.

On average over the last 10 years 45 positions have been offered annually, 38 short-term and 7 long-term placements, these Fellowship recipients represent the future of research in their field. ESMO Oncology Fellows have been drawn from 75 countries within and beyond Europe.

The ESMO oncology fellowship programme provides young oncologists time dedicated to learn how to think scientifically and conduct research according to rigorous standards and incorporate the latest scientific practices into daily practice.

 Find out more about the different ESMO Fellowships opportunities

The ESMO Oncology Fellowship Programme promotes:

  • Professional development
  • Research, education and the science of medical oncology
  • Networking of oncology institutes and oncology fellows
  • Importance of mentors to supervise and guide young oncologists

An ESMO Fellowship educates young oncologists in the field of clinical and laboratory research and is an investment in the future, which is likely to impact on the quality of cancer patient care for years to come.

Tips for a successful fellowship: Evandro de Azambuja

ESMO Fellowship Programme Booklet

ESMO Fellowship Programme Cover

There are so many more promising talents who have demonstrated the potential and promise to benefit from these excellent opportunities. To find out more, check our booklet!

What our Fellows think about the Programme

Christoph Massard 
Institute Gustave Roussy, Villejuif, France


If you want to better understand your strength or weakness, you need to go abroad and come back for good as Ulysses and his Odysseus. Ten years on, my best memories are the network of smart people met during my journey.

Noelia Tarazona
Hospital Clinico Universitario de Valencia, Valencia, Spain

Noelia Tarazona

The ESMO Fellowship was an excellent opportunity to further strengthen my training to be a leader in Oncology which has been my goal since I graduated in Medicine. I had the opportunity to spend two years at a “Centre of Excellence” (The Royal Marsden) and that gave me a greater understanding of different work perspectives, the chance to meet colleagues for future collaborations and allowed me to introduce my new knowledge and skills into my home institution. I feel so proud of being part of ESMO and I would like to continue contributing to the progress of this Society.

Konstantinos N. Syrigos
Athens University School of Medicine, Athens, Greece


As an ESMO fellowship recipient, I am very proud and I believe that this was a very important step in the beginning of my professional career

Giannis Mountzios
Henry Dunant Hospital Center Athens, Greece

Giannis Mountzios

The ESMO Fellowship Programme has opened a new window of opportunity for me and has made me think and act as an international l Oncologist. It has broadened my spirit and my perception of cancer as a global health issue and has taught me that multidisciplinary teamwork offers the best results. I am grateful to ESMO for the opportunity given to me when I most needed it and for making me feel like a member of a big family of dedicated professionals who share the same goals and the same vision, to improve cancer care worldwide.

To find out more see Giannis’s article in ESMO Perspectives

ESMO Fellowship Awards 2019

 – see more details about each fellow and their projects here

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