ARGO and the GCDI Program are committed to building sustainable skills and creating a network of future leaders in cancer care in sub-Saharan Africa.  A variety of training opportunities have been introduced.  

Since 2011, 25 Fellows from partner institutions in sub-Saharan Africa have received training in various disciplines at MSK. Educational training opportunities and support for pilot studies at MSK include:

Request for applications for Nigerian Cancer Research Training (NCAT) Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers’ Global Cancer Disparities Initiatives (GCDI) Program and the African Research Group for Oncology (ARGO) would like to invite applications for the Nigerian Cancer Research Training (NCAT) program. 

This program, enabled by philanthropic support, seeks to create a cohort of highly skilled investigators able to lead independent oncology research programs, bolster research capacity in Nigeria, and create long-term research partnerships between Nigerian and US cancer researchers.

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ARGO Academy

The ARGO Academy is our platform to provide cancer research training to junior faculty members at ARGO sites. This opportunity includes attending in-person and virtual research training courses and the ability to apply for the annual ARGO pilot grants.

In addition, several ARGO Academy members are selected each year for the Harvard Principles and Practice of Clinical Research online training course.

The Mammadi & Alireza Soudavar Traveling Fellowships

This fellowship provides stipends to cover the costs for qualified physicians to spend 3-months at MSK focused on cancer care and research.

This is open to all fields of medicine. Previous fellows have included surgeons, pathologists, radiologists, and radiation oncologists

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MSK GCDI Observership Program

This observership program provides ARGO members with a 6-week observership at MSK. This program is open to physicians from all specialties.

The goal is to create an observation experience that can enhance the applicants ability to improve cancer treatments at their home institution.

MSK GCDI/ARGO Pilot Grant Program

Each year competitive pilot grants are awarded to faculty from an ARGO institution to support cancer research. The goal is for this grant to provide pilot data to allow awardees to apply for larger grants once their pilot project is completed.

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International Surgical Oncology Global Cancer Disparities Fellowship

This fellowship exists for North American surgeons, who have completed surgery residency, to spend a year dedicated to global surgical oncology. The year is split between MSK in New York and Nigeria. There are clinical and research components to the fellowship.