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An important facet of oncology: easing the physical and mental suffering of cancer patients. Fellows spend an intensive period of observation at one of the ESMO Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care



Palliative Care Fellowship

Applications will open in Autumn/Winter 2024

  • Provide oncologists additional experience in palliative care training
  • Allow recipients to spend a minimum of one month of observation at one of the ESMO Designated Centres of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care.
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Amount and duration

Palliative Care Fellowship

3,000€ for a minimum of one month observation at an ESMO Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care

Host Institutes

The host institute will receive a one-off payment of 1000€ towards the administration costs of hosting a fellow

View the list of Designated Centres 

Application requirements

Candidates must
  • Be an ESMO member at the time of application
  • Be an oncologist
  • Be proficient in English and/or in the community language of the host institute
Application must include
  • Completed online application form
  • Digital photograph
  • Recommendation letter from your department head at your home institute
  • Acceptance letter from the person responsible for you while completing your fellowship at the host Designated Centre
  • Weekly programme for the palliative care fellowship (arranged by yourself with the host Designated Centre)
  • Motivation statement of your fellowship goals and how the acquired techniques will be used in the home institute/country

Application review process

Applications for the Palliative Care Fellowship are reviewed by the ESMO Designated Centres Working Group, which comprises experts in the field of supportive and palliative care. The working group will select the recipients after evaluating and scoring all aspects of the applications.

  • The extent and level of previous education (CV)
  • Motivation letter
  • Other professional training and publications
  • Quality of the application
  • The strength of the fellowship proposal including the weekly schedule and details of what skills and knowledge will be acquired during the stay. The aim and feasibility of the visit and work plan, with consideration for the host institutes expertise in the field of palliative care
  • How the acquired information and knowledge will be used in the home institute

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

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