African Cancer Leaders Institute

ACLI Class of 2019

We are pleased to announce the 2019 ACLI class.  As in previous years we had a very strong applicant pool and were able to select 21 highly deserving members to participate in the ACLI and the AORTIC conference.    We look forward to seeing you in Maputo!

The goal of the AORTIC African Cancer Leaders Institute (ACLI) is to develop the next generation of leaders in cancer research, advocacy, education, policy, and clinical practice in Africa. ACLI will create a pathway for successful participants to demonstrate leadership skills within the Organization by serving on AORTIC committees and Council.

The ACLI will develop activities for individuals who commit to provide leadership in cancer for Africa. The ACLI will commission workshops, satellite meetings, exchanges, and other activities to compliment the professional competencies of ACLI participants.

ACLI Objectives
The overall objective is to develop the next generation of leaders in cancer research and practice in Africa with the following objectives.

Aim 1. Intensive training for career development – Review advanced concepts in patient oriented cancer research and public-private partnerships to accelerate progress in cancer care.
Aim 2. Network development – ACLI participants and mentors will share and discuss research and advocacy needs, developing long-term relationships and potential for collaboration. ACLI members of past cohorts (2013, 2015, 2017) will also be invited to ACLI networking meetings.
Aim 3. Mentorship – Individuals of senior stature with experience in various aspects of research, academic, clinical, outreach, and other areas of leadership in Africa will be identified to serve as mentors to ACLI participants.
Aim 4. Long-term scholarly advancement – Disseminate new knowledge and promote the careers of a new generation of leading African investigators, especially women and minority participants by publishing a summary of ACLI topics with Keynote Speakers.

Selection Criteria
Successful candidates for the ACLI will be individuals who show promise to lead initiatives and activities related to clinical cancer research in Africa. Applicants can be at all levels of experience and will be selected to represent a wide range of areas, including research, clinical practice, advocacy, outreach, policy, and other areas relevant to the development of cancer leadership in Africa. Special consideration will be given to those individuals who are involved in patient care or engaged in patient oriented research relevant to Africa, or individuals who are planning to apply for NIH research training grants or career development awards like F32/K01/K08/K23/K43/K99/R00 and/or can provide a rationale for how they will contribute to the development of high quality cancer care in Africa. Candidates will be encouraged to demonstrate their interest and ability to commit to AORTIC and cancer leadership activities over the long term. ACLI will be particularly suitable for awardees of K43 Global Leadership Awards. Candidates must be paid up members for the 2019 AORTIC membership year to be considered for the award and program.

ACLI Participation
ACLI participants will participate in the following ACLI-supported activities:

  1. Communication with potential ACLI mentor before the AORTIC 2019 conference.
  2. Attend the AORTIC 2019 Conference in Maputo, Mozambique, 5-8 November 2019.
  3. Participate in on-going communication with ACLI participants and mentors.
  4. Develop a leadership plan (goals, activities, timeline) within the candidate’s area of interest and expertise that has an impact on cancer in Africa.
  5. Identify specific leadership activities that can be facilitated by AORTIC and that develop
  6. AORTIC’s impact on cancer in Africa.
  7. Provide a report on your ACLI experience for publication on AORTIC website and newsletter.

How to apply

  • Download ACLI 2019 Application Packet
  • Complete Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3
  • Get a current mentor, supervisor or other senior official who is familiar with you to write complete Part 4: Recommendation
  • Email your complete application (Part 1 – 4) to before 31 March, 2019 (EXTENDED UNTIL 30 APRIL 2019)

Application Submission

  • Application opens: 26 February, 2019
  • Deadline for submission: 31 March, 2019 (EXTENDED UNTIL 30 APRIL 2019)
  • Selection decisions: 14 June, 2019


Submission and applications:

ACLI programme