The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is offering two-year Resident Research Scholarships for July 1, 2013, through June 30, 2015. Eligibility for these scholarships is limited to the research projects of residents in surgery or a surgical specialty. ACS Resident Research Scholarships are made possible through the generosity of Fellows, chapters, and friends of the College, and are intended to encourage residents to pursue careers in academic surgery. The closing date for receipt of completed applications and all supporting documents is September 4, 2012.
The policies for granting of the American College of Surgeons Resident Research Scholarships are as follows:
- Applicants must be Resident Members of the College who have completed two postdoctoral years in an accredited surgical training program in the U.S. or Canada at the time the scholarships are awarded (July 1, 2013), and shall not complete formal residency training before June 2014. Scholarships do not support research after completion of the chief residency year.
- Scholarships are awarded for two years, and acceptance requires commitment for the full two-year period. Awards must be used to support research plans for the two years of the scholarships, July 2013 through June 2015. Residents involved in full-time laboratory investigations will receive priority. Study outside the U.S. or Canada is permissible. Renewal for the second year is required and is contingent on the acceptance of a progress report and research study protocol for the second year, as submitted to the Scholarships Section of the College by May 1, 2014.
- Residents may apply for these scholarships even if they have made a comparable application to other organizations. If a recipient receives a scholarship, fellowship, or research award from another organization, the recipient must contact the College’s Scholarships Administrator to request approval of the additional award. The Scholarships Committee reserves the right to review potentially overlapping awards and to adjust its award accordingly.
- Each scholarship is $30,000 per year; the total amount is to support the research of recipients and is not to diminish or replace their usual or expected compensation or benefits. Indirect costs are not paid to recipients or to their institutions.
- Scholars are expected to attend the 2015 ACS Clinical Congress to present reports on the research during the Surgical Forum, and to report and receive certificates at the annual meeting of the Scholarships Committee.
- The administration (dean or fiscal officer) of the residents’ institutions must approve all applications. Applicants should submit supporting letters from the head of their department of surgery (or the surgical specialty) and from mentors who will supervise the applicants’ research. Only in exceptional circumstances will more than one scholarship be granted in a single year to applicants from the same institution.