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Black in Cancer Mentorship Programme 2023

This program is for Black students with an interest in a career that contributes to the fight against cancer.  


Black students in the UK and USA are historically under-represented in Higher Education. Through this mentorship program we aim to match students with a mentor (scientists at any level who have at least completed a bachelor’s degree; working in either industry or academia) to help support them and provide career-focused advice. Through this, we aim to actively counteract the poor retention rate of Black students in university. We are now accepting applications from students based at UK, USA and Canadian institutions studying Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) subjects at an undergraduate or masters level. The BiCMP aims to support Black undergraduate students by:

  1. Connecting them with a mentor; a professional working in the field of cancer who will:

    • Providing a listening ear and encouragement

    • Give specific cancer research/industry career insight

    • Help students set short- and long-term goals

    • Help students identify training opportunities to help prepare them for further study or work

  2. Provide employability enhancing training events

  3. Science communication competitions (with prizes)

  4. Monthly raffles for vouchers to buy textbooks

The formal mentee-mentor relationship will run for 9 months from October 2023 to June 2024. There may be opportunities for mentees to apply to undertake lab placements during summer 2024. Further information on what is expected of mentees and mentors can be found here:

We therefore welcome applications for keen students and suitable cancer professionals interested in being mentees and mentors. Please apply using these forms: 

sFor any enquiries, please contact the Black in Cancer Mentorship & Outreach Team.

Applications for BICMP 2023 have now CLOSED. 

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