The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is offering two-year Faculty Research Fellowships to surgeons entering academic careers in surgery or a surgical specialty. The fellowship is 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 awards are $40,000 per year for each of two years – July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019 – and are made possible through the generosity of Fellows, chapters, and friends of the College. The closing date for receipt of completed applications and all supporting documents is November 1, 2016.
The specific fellowships are as follows:
• The Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship of the ACS honors Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS, founder of the ACS.
• The C. James Carrico, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship for the Study of Trauma and Critical Care honors C. James Carrico, MD, FACS, ACS Past-President, and is designated for research in trauma and critical care.
• The Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, Faculty Research Fellowship honors Thomas R. Russell, MD, FACS, ACS Past-Executive Director, and is designated to support research into improving surgical outcomes.
Two additional undesignated Faculty Research Fellowships will be awarded.
The following policies cover the granting of the ACS Faculty Research Fellowships:
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, not including time off for maternity leave, military deployment, or medical leave; 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.
Recipients may use this award to support their research or academic enrichment in any fashion that they deem maximally supportive of their investigations. Indirect costs are not paid to the recipient or to the recipient’s institution.
Application for this fellowship may be submitted even if a comparable application has been made to other entities such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH) or industry sources. 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 Scholarship Committee reserves the right to review potentially overlapping awards and adjust its award accordingly.
The ACS encourages applicants to leverage the funds provided by this fellowship with time and monies provided by their department. The College will look favorably upon formal statements of matching funds and time from the applicant’s department.
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 conducting the research proposed in the application. This percentage may run concurrently with the time requirements of NIH or other accepted funding.
The Faculty Research Fellows are expected to attend the ACS Clinical Congress in 2019 to present a report to the Scientific Forum and to receive a certificate at the annual meeting of the Scholarships Committee.
Additional documents and questions are to be directed to the Scholarships Administrator: firstname.lastname@example.org or Scholarships Administrator, American College of Surgeons, 633 N. Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611-3211. Access the application at facs.org/member-services/scholarships/research/acsfaculty.