International Guest Scholarships available for 2018

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) offers International Guest Scholarships to young surgeons from countries other than the U.S. or Canada who have a demonstrated interest in teaching and research. Completed applications and all supporting documentation for the International Guest Scholarships for the year 2018 must be received at the office of the International Liaison Section by July 3, 2017.

The scholarships, in the amount of $10,000 each, provide scholars with an opportunity to visit clinical, teaching, and research activities in the U.S. and Canada and to attend and participate fully in the educational opportunities and activities of the ACS Clinical Congress.

This scholarship endowment was originally provided through the legacy that Paul R. Hawley, MD, FACS(Hon), former ACS Director, left to the College. More recently, gifts from the family of Abdol Islami, MD, FACS, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and other donors to the International Guest Scholarship endowment have enabled the College to expand the number of awards.

Requirements for applicants and awardees

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Are graduates of schools of medicine who have completed their surgical training.
  • Ages 35–50 years old on the date that the application is filed.
  • Submit their applications from their intended permanent location.
  • Have been in surgical practice, teaching, or research for at least one year at their intended permanent location, following completion of all formal training (including fellowships and scholarships).
  • Demonstrate a commitment to teaching and/or research in accordance with the standards of the applicant’s country.
  • Early careerists are deemed more suitable than those who are serving in senior academic appointments.
  • Submit a completed application form via the College website. The application and accompanying materials must be submitted in English; submission of a curriculum vitae only is unacceptable.
  • Provide a list of all of their publications and must submit three complete publications (reprints or manuscripts) of their choice.
  • Preference may be given to applicants who have not already experienced training or surgical fellowships in the U.S. or Canada.
  • Submit independently prepared letters of recommendation from three of their colleagues. One letter must be from the chair of the department in which they hold an academic appointment or a Fellow of the ACS in their country. The chair’s or the Fellow’s letter should include a statement detailing the nature and extent of the teaching and other academic involvement of the applicant. Letters of recommendation should be submitted by the person making the recommendation.

The online application form is structured to assist the Scholarship Selection Subcommittee and to assist the applicant in submitting structured curriculum vitae.

The International Guest Scholarships must be used in the designated year for which they are designated. They cannot be postponed. Applicants who are awarded scholarships will provide a full written report of the experiences provided through the scholarships upon completion of their tours. Unsuccessful applicants may reapply only twice and only by completing and submitting a new application together with new supporting documentation.

The scholarships provide successful applicants with the privilege of participating in Clinical Congress 2018, October 21–25, in Boston, MA, with public recognition of their presence. They will receive gratis admission to selected postgraduate courses plus admission to all lectures, demonstrations, and exhibits. Assistance will be provided in arranging visits following the Clinical Congress to various clinics and universities of their choice.

Supporting materials and questions should be directed to International Liaison Section, American College of Surgeons, 633 N. Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611-3211; or to the International Liaison at or via fax at 312-202-5021.

All applicants will be notified of the selection committee’s decision in November 2017. Applicants are urged to submit their completed applications and supporting documents as early as possible to provide sufficient time for processing.

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