The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is offering two-year Resident Research Scholarships for 2018−2020. Eligibility for these scholarships is limited to the research projects of residents in general surgery or a surgical specialty. These scholarships are supported by the generosity of Fellows, ACS chapters, and friends of the College to encourage residents to pursue careers in academic surgery. The closing date for receipt of the completed online application and all supporting documents is 5:00 pm (CDT) September 1, 2017.
General policies covering the granting of the ACS Resident Research Scholarships are as follows:
- Applicants must be Resident Members of the College who have completed at least two postdoctoral years in an accredited surgical training program in the U.S. or Canada at the time the scholarship is awarded—July 1, 2018—and plan to complete formal residency training no earlier than June 2020. Scholarships do not support research after completion of the chief residency year.
- The scholarship is awarded for two years and requires commitment for the two-year period. The award is to support a research plan for the two years of the scholarship, July 2018–June 2020. Residents must be involved in full-time investigation in basic science, translational, surgical education, clinical, or outcomes research. 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, as submitted to the Scholarships Section of the College by May 1, 2019.
- Applications may be submitted even if comparable applications to other organizations have been made. Recipients who are offered scholarships, fellowships, or research awards from other organizations must contact the ACS Scholarships Administrator to request approval of the additional award. The Scholarships Committee reserves the right to review potentially overlapping awards and adjust the award accordingly. In general, receipt of a federally funded training award (T32, F32) is acceptable, but receipt of multiple society awards for the same project is prohibited.
- The scholarship is $30,000 per year; the total amount is to support the research of the recipient and may be used for salary or stipend, research materials, and travel related to the research. Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient or the recipient’s institution.
- The scholar is expected to attend the ACS Clinical Congress in 2020, submit to the Scientific Forum on the research, and make a brief presentation at the annual meeting of the Scholarships Committee.
- The administration (dean or fiscal officer) of the applicants’ training institution must approve all applications. Supporting letters from the head of the department of surgery (or the surgical specialty) and from the mentors who will be supervising the applicants’ research must be submitted. The College encourages diversity of applicants and institutions; only in exceptional circumstances will more than one scholarship be granted in a single year to applicants from the same institution.