The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is offering two-year faculty research fellowships, through the generosity of Fellows, Chapters, and friends of the College, to surgeons entering academic careers in general surgery or a surgical specialty. The fellowships are intended to assist a surgeon in the establishment of a new and independent research program. 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, 2013.
General policies covering the granting of the ACS Faculty Research Fellowships are:
- 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. Preference will be given to applicants who directly enter academic surgery following residency or fellowship.
- Recipients may use this award to support their research or academic enrichment in any fashion that they deem maximally supportive of their investigations. The fellowship grant is intended to support the recipient’s research and is not intended to diminish or replace the usual, expected compensation or benefits. Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient or to the recipient’s institution.
- Application for this fellowship may be submitted even if comparable application has been made for other fellowships, such as those available through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or industry. If the recipient is offered a scholarship, fellowship, or research career development award from such an agency or organization, it is the responsibility of the recipient to contact the College’s Scholarships Administrator to request approval of the additional award.*
- The College encourages the applicant to leverage the funds provided by this fellowship with time and monies 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 the applicant’s research effort must be submitted. This approval would involve a commitment to continuation of the academic position and of facilities for research. Only in exceptional circumstances will more than one fellowship be granted in a single year to applicants from the same institution.
- The applicant 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.
- A minimum of 50 percent of the fellow’s time must be spent in the research proposed in the application. This percentage may run concurrently with the time requirements of the NIH or other accepted funding.
- The Martin and Carrico Fellows are expected to attend the 2016 ACS Clinical Congress to present a report at 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 2015 Clinical Congress.
Application forms may be obtained from the College’s website, or upon request from the following address.
Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org or to Scholarships Section, American College of Surgeons, 633 N. Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611-3211.
* The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to review potentially overlapping awards and adjust its award accordingly.