The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is offering six two-year Resident Research Scholarships to encourage surgery trainees to pursue academic careers. Eligibility for these scholarships is limited to the research projects of residents in general surgery or a surgical specialty and are supported by the generosity of Fellows, Chapters, and friends of the College.
Candidates for the scholarships, which will support research conducted from July 2014 through June 2016, must apply no later than September 3, 2013. Details regarding the Resident Research Scholarships are as follows:
- The applicant must be a Resident Member of the ACS who has completed two postdoctoral years in an accredited surgical training program in the U.S. or Canada when the scholarship is awarded on July 1, 2014, and will complete formal training after June 2016. Scholarships do not support research after completion of the chief residency year.
- Acceptance of the award requires a commitment for the two-year period it spans, July 2014 through June 2016. Priority will be given to the projects of residents involved in full-time laboratory investigation. Study outside the U.S. or Canada is permissible. Renewal of the scholarship for the second year is required and is contingent upon the acceptance of a progress report and research study protocol for the second year, which must be submitted to the Scholarships Section of the College by May 1, 2015.
- Residents may apply for these scholarships, even if they have applied for comparable scholarships offered by other organizations. If another organization offers a scholarship, fellowship, or research award to the ACS scholar, 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 adjust its award accordingly.
- The scholarship is $30,000 per year; the total amount is to support the research of the recipient and is not to diminish or replace the usual or expected compensation or benefits of the recipient. The College will not pay indirect costs to the recipient or to the recipient’s institution.
- The scholar is expected to attend the 2016 Clinical Congress of the ACS and present a report at the Surgical Forum on his or her research and to receive a certificate at the annual meeting of the Scholarships Committee.
- The administration of the resident’s institution (such as the dean or fiscal affairs officer) must approve the application. Supporting letters from the head of the department of surgery (or the surgical specialty) and from the mentor who will be supervising the applicant’s research must be submitted. Only in exceptional circumstances will more than one scholarship be granted in a single year to applicants from the same institution.
Application forms may be obtained from the College’s website, www.facs.org, or upon request from the Scholarships Administrator, Kate Early, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Scholarships Section, American College of Surgeons, 633 N. Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611-3211.