The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is offering two-year faculty research fellowships for surgeons entering academic careers in surgery or a surgical specialty, including a newly established Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship, which honors the former Executive Director of the ACS. The closing date for receipt of completed applications and all supporting documents is November 3, 2014. These fellowships are supported through the generosity of Fellows, chapters, and friends of the College. 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.
There are five ACS Faculty Research Fellowships now available, and three of them have been established to honor an ACS leader:
- The Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship of the American College of Surgeons, which honors the founder of the ACS
- The C. James Carrico, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship for the Study of Trauma and Critical Care
- The Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship, which is designated to support research aimed at improving surgical outcomes
General policies covering the granting of the ACS Faculty Research Fellowships include the following:
- The fellowships are open to Fellows or Associate Fellows of the College who have: (1) completed the chief residency year or accredited fellowship training within the preceding five 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 preference.
- Each recipient may use the award to support his/her research or academic enrichment in any fashion that the recipient deems maximally supportive of his/her investigations. Each fellowship grant must support the research of the recipient and is not intended to diminish or replace the usual, expected compensation or benefits. Indirect costs are not paid to a recipient or to a recipient’s institution.
- Applications for these fellowships may be submitted even if comparable applications have been made to organizations such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or industry sources. If a recipient is offered a scholarship, fellowship, or research career development award from such an agency or organization, that individual is responsible for contacting 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 each applicant to leverage the funds provided through one of these fellowships with time and money provided by the applicant’s department. Formal statements of matching funds and time from the applicant’s department will promote favorable review by the College.
- Supporting letters from the head of the department of surgery (or the surgical specialty) and from the mentor supervising an applicant’s research effort must be submitted. This approval would involve a commitment to continuation of the academic position and the provision of research facilities. Only in exceptional circumstances will more than one fellowship be granted in a single year to applicants from the same institution.
- Each applicant must submit a research plan and budget for the two-year period of the respective fellowship, even though renewed approval by the Scholarships Committee of the College is required for the second year.
- A minimum of 50 percent of a Fellow’s time must be spent conducting the research proposed in the application. This percentage may run concurrently with the time requirements of NIH or other accepted funding.
- Faculty Research Fellows are expected to attend the ACS Clinical Congress in 2017 to present a report at the Surgical Forum and to receive a certificate at the annual meeting of the Scholarships Committee.