Thanks to the generosity of Fellows, Chapters, and friends of the College, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is offering two-year faculty research fellowships, running from 2013 to 2015, to surgeons entering academic careers in general surgery or a surgical specialty. The fellowships offer assistance to surgeons seeking to establish new and independent research programs.
Applicants should have demonstrated their potential to work as independent investigators. The fellowship award is $40,000 per year for each of two years, to support the research. The closing date for receipt of completed applications and all supporting documents is November 1, 2012, for the following fellowship awards:
- The Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship of the ACS, which honors the founder of the American College of Surgeons
- The C. James Carrico, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship for the Study of Trauma and Critical Care
- The Louis Argenta, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship for the Study of Wound Care
In addition, two unnamed Faculty Research Fellowships will be offered during this cycle.
General policies covering the granting of the ACS Faculty Research Fellowships include:
- The fellowship is open to Fellows or Associate Fellows of the College who have: (1) completed the chief residency year or accredited fellowship training within the preceding three years; and (2) received a full-time faculty appointment in a department of surgery or a surgical specialty at a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education in the U.S. or by the Committee for Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools in Canada. Applicants who directly enter academic surgery following residency or fellowship will receive priority.
- Recipients may use the award to support their research or academic enrichment in any fashion that they deem maximally supportive of their investigations. The fellowship grant supports the recipients’ research and does not diminish or replace the usual, expected compensation or benefits. Neither the recipients nor their institutions will receive reimbursement for indirect costs.
- Fellowship applications may be submitted even if comparable applications have been submitted to organizations, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or industry sources. A recipient who is offered a scholarship, fellowship, or research career development award from such an agency or organization must contact the College’s Scholarships Administrator to request approval of the additional award. The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to review potentially overlapping awards and adjust its award accordingly.
- The College encourages applicants to leverage the fellowship funds with time and monies provided by their department of surgery. Formal statements of matching funds and time from applicants’ departments will promote favorable review by the College.
- Applicants must submit supporting letters from the head of the department of surgery (or the surgical specialty) and from mentors supervising their research. This approval entails a commitment to continue the academic position and facilities for research. Only in exceptional circumstances will more than one fellowship be granted in a single year to applicants from the same institution.
- Applicants must submit a research plan and budget for the two-year period of fellowship, even though renewed approval by the Scholarships Committee of the College is required for the second year.
- Fellows must spend a minimum of 50 percent of their time in the research proposed in the application. This percentage may run concurrently with the time requirements of NIH or other accepted funding.
- Martin and Carrico Fellows are expected to attend the College’s 2015 Clinical Congress to present a report to the Surgical Forum and to receive a certificate at the annual meeting of the Scholarships Committee.
- The Dr. Louis Argenta Faculty Research Fellowship, supported by Kinetic Concepts, Inc., is a one-year award in the amount of $40,000 to help a surgeon establish an independent research program on wound care. All of the same requirements apply as for the Martin and Carrico Fellows, except that the time period is one year. The Argenta Fellow will attend and report at the 2014 Clinical Congress.