The American College of Surgeons (ACS) offers International Guest Scholarships to young surgeons from countries other than the U.S. or Canada who have demonstrated a strong interest in teaching and research. Twelve scholarships are available for 2017, in the amount of $10,000 each, and will provide the scholars with an opportunity to engage in 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. For consideration by the Selection Committee, completed applications for the 2017 International Guest Scholarships and all supporting documentation must be received at the office of the International Liaison Section by June 30, 2016.
Paul R. Hawley, MD, FACS(Hon), Past-ACS Executive Director (1950−1961), left a legacy to the College for the scholarship endowment. More recently, gifts to the International Guest Scholarship endowment from the family of Abdol Islami, MD, FACS, and Joan Islami; the Stavros Niarchos Foundation; and others have enabled the College to increase the number of these scholarship awards.
The scholarship requirements are as follows:
• Applicants must be medical school graduates who have completed their surgical training.
• Applicants must be between 35 and 50 years old on the date that the completed application is filed.
• Applicants must submit their applications from their intended permanent location. Applications will be accepted for processing only if the applicants have been in surgical practice, teaching, or research for a minimum of 1 year at their intended permanent location, following completion of all formal training (including fellowships and scholarships).
• Applicants must have demonstrated a commitment to teaching and/or research in accordance with the standards of the applicant’s country.
• Applicants early in their careers are deemed more suitable than those surgeons who are in senior academic positions.
• Applicants must submit a fully completed application form available on the ACS website at facs.org/member-services/scholarships/international/igs. The application and accompanying materials must be submitted in English. Submission of a curriculum vitae without a completed application is unacceptable.
• Applicants must provide a list of all of their publication credits and must submit three complete reprints or manuscripts from that list.
• Preference may be given to applicants who have not already experienced training or surgical fellowships in the U.S. or Canada.
• Applicants must submit independently prepared letters of recommendation from three of their colleagues. One letter must be from the chair of the department in which the applicant holds an academic appointment or an ACS Fellow residing in the applicant’s country. This letter must include a statement regarding 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 assists the applicant in submitting a structured curriculum vitae.
• The International Guest Scholarships must be used in the year for which they are designated. They may not 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.
• An unsuccessful applicant may reapply only twice and only by completing and submitting a new application and new supporting documentation.
The scholarships will provide successful applicants with public recognition of their presence. Assistance will be provided in arranging visits, following the Clinical Congress, to various clinics and universities of their choice.
For consideration by the Selection Committee, applicants must fulfill all of the requirements. Applicants are urged to submit their completed applications and supporting documents as early as possible to provide sufficient time for processing.
Send supporting materials to International Liaison Section, American College of Surgeons, 633 N. Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL, 60611-3211; or via fax to 312-202-5021. Questions should be directed to Kate Early, International Liaison, at email@example.com.