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Black in Cancer Mentorship Programme 2024

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 2024 to June 2025. There may be opportunities for mentees to apply to undertake lab placements during summer 2025. Further information on what is expected of mentees and mentors can be found here:

We therefore welcome applications from keen undergraduate and masters students to be mentees and from suitable cancer professionals to be mentors.


Please apply using these forms: 

sFor any enquiries, please contact Julia Morris or Mamadou Bah at

The application deadline for BICMP 2024/25 is Monday, September 2, 2024.

Dr Jonathan Noel

2021 mentor

“It was a remarkable opportunity to be able to mentor someone at the beginning of their journey in cancer healthcare. This bright young person is enthusiastic and without meaning to, they have left the impression on me to: Persevere despite any closed door, because one will eventually open.”

Kilsi Kobani

 2022 mentee

“I enjoyed the Black in Cancer program and found it extremely helpful. I was able to present my project presentation to my mentor before presenting in front of my assessors. This helped me achieve the best grade.”

Dr Sarah Bailey

2022 mentor

"In the world of STEM, the BiMCP is a testament to the power of unity and collective empowerment. As mentors, we ignite the flame of curiosity: every mentee in this program is a potential game-changer in the field of cancer research."
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