NatiOn – National research school in clinical and translational cancer research

Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University are offering a three-year national research school (NatiOn) in clinical and translational cancer research commencing autumn 2019. The aim of the programme is to offer a tailored package of courses as a knowledge-base for future clinical researchers in the cancer field. The programme concentrates primarily on molecular oncology and research methods for (prospective) clinically active individuals in the cancer field.

NatiOn is financed by the Board of Doctoral Education at KI and Uppsala University respectively, the Swedish Cancer Society, U-CAN at Uppsala University and StratCan at KI.

Call for applications

The call is launched and up to twenty doctoral students will be admitted. The deadline for application is Jaunary 31st. Notice of admission will be given in april/may. The application can be mailed to the registrar (pls see address below) or left in the mailbox outside Nobels v 5. If it’s mailed it should be stamped January 31st.

Target group

The programme is for doctoral students. Applicants should have a clinical or translational project in cancer research and must be clinically affiliated through a permanent position or other longer-term undertaking.

We also encourage applications from doctoral students at preclinical departments who have completed at least four years of medical studies and intend to become clinically active researchers in the field of cancer.


To apply you must:

  • a doctoral student at KI or any other Swedish university or expected to be admitted to doctoral education at latest three weeks before course start autumn 2019
  • have an university education relevant for the scope of the research school


Your application will be judged from two perspectives:

  • The project – scientific quality, feasibility and relevance
  • The applicant – experience and motivation


Your application is to contain the following information in the order given:

  • Application form
  • CV (max two pages)
  • Description of your research plan (max three pages)
  • Reasons for applying (why you want and need to take this particular programme)
  • Testimony from a supervisor confirming your suitability and need for the programme
  • Testimony from your clinical manager that you will be granted leave to attend the programme (if applicable)

Your application is to be submitted in the original with 7 stapled copies to:

REGISTRATOR, Dnr 3-4285/2018
Karolinska Institutet

About the research school

The research school does not cover the participants’ salaries during the course periods (although some compensation is possible). Travel and maintenance allowances are possible in the first instance from the respective employer/clinic, and in the second from the NatiOn-research school. The participants’ clinical managers (or their equivalents) are required to testify that they will be granted paid or unpaid leave for each course period. During the course periods there will be no time or opportunity for any parallel clinical work.

The programme comprises a total of 20 weeks of full-time study (30 credits) over three years, divided into six two to four-week blocks.

Research school 2019 From
Block 1 November 2019
Block 2 (prel.) Spring 2020
Block 3 (prel.) Atumn 2020
Block 4 (prel.) Spring 2021
Block 5 (prel.) Atumn 2021
Block 6 (prel.) Spring 2022

The programme is designed to give a solid and advanced foundation for clinical cancer research. The courses include more advanced study of basic and new concepts in cancer biology, molecular oncology, research methods and clinical cancer research tools. The programme is also adapted to the obligatory basic block for doctoral students at Karolinska Institutet and Uppsala University, and meets the requirements of most other Swedish universities. The programme is to be completed in its entirety. Teaching is in Swedish and English.

Intended learning outcomes

After completing the programme, participants are expected to be able to:

  • formulate specific scientific hypotheses
  • understand the processes underlying the transformation of a normal cell into its malignant counterpart and the consequences of malign transformation at a cell and orgasm level
  • understand how biological knowledge on the development of cancer is used in modern cancer therapies
  • be familiar with the methods used in modern and translational cancer research
  • design clinical experimental and observational studies
  • compose applications for research grants and to ethical review boards
  • conduct data-gathering procedures
  • analyse data, independently and with statisticians
  • interpret results
  • write scientific reports and critically review publications.


For further details, contact:

Daria Glaessgen

Research school director

Karin Lindberg

Research school director