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 7, 2024

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Event Date
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Announcement Cycle 3 trainees-April 2024

The Strategic Training Achievements for Research Success (STARS) program is pleased to announce the selection of 33 trainees for the Class of 2024.

Funded by the National Cancer Institute (D43 CA260640) we are committed to supporting cancer research that enables equitable and 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.

The PM Track, for talented project managers living and working in SSA, to develop skills to better manage cancer research projects.

The 10 PI and 23 PM track candidates were selected through a rigorous selection process during which applications were reviewed by and external advisory board and an internal review committee.

Congratulations to our D43 STARS Class of 2024!

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