Key Dates


Cycle 3 Program Announcement and Applications Open October 2, 2023
Live Webinar for Potential Applicants October 2, 2023 6:00pm UTC

Webinar for Potential Applicants


STARS Overview slides

PowerPoint Slides
Letter of Intent (LOI) Due Date (online submission) December 20, 2023, 23:59 UTC
Application Due Date  February 2, 2024, 23:59 UTC
Scientific Merit Review March 2024
Decisions Announced April 5, 2024
Training Start Date May 3, 2024

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Event Date
Cycle 2 Training kickoff meeting -

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Cycle 2 announcement

Funded by the National Cancer Institute (D43 CA260640), we are  committed to support cancer research that enables equitable impactful global scientific collaboration by strengthening institutional capacity in low-and middle-income countries for global cancer research. The STARS program aims to create a cadre of individuals who will obtain fundamental skills to lead and support cancer research in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) who will be able to disseminate best practices for high quality cancer research conducted in Africa.

The training is comprised of two tracks:

  • The PI Track, for doctoral level talented early-career SSA researchers committed to a career in cancer research to gain expertise in research oversight and governance, build research skills, a scientific project focus, and apply for independent grant funding.
  • PM Track, for talented project managers living and working in SSA to develop skills to better manage cancer research projects.

The 10 PI track, and 18 PM track candidates were selected through a rigorous selection process during which applications were reviewed by an external advisory board and an internal review committee.

Congratulations to our D43 STARS Class of 2023!

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