The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is offering 2-year Resident Research Scholarships to surgeons in training who are interested in pursuing careers in academic surgery. Eligibility for these scholarships is limited to the research projects of residents in general surgery or a surgical specialty. The closing date for receipt of the completed online application and all supporting documents is Sept. 1, 2016.
General policies covering the granting of the ACS Resident Research Scholarships are as follows:
The applicant must be a Resident Member of the College who has completed two postdoctoral years in an accredited surgical training program in the U.S. or Canada at the time the scholarship is awarded, July 1, 2017, and may not complete formal residency training before June 2019. Scholarships do not support research after completion of the chief residency year.
The scholarship is awarded for 2 years, and acceptance of it requires commitment for the 2-year period. The award is to support a research plan for the 2 years of the scholarship, July 2017 through June 2019. The projects of residents who are involved in full-time laboratory investigation will receive priority. Study outside the United States or Canada is permissible. Renewal of the scholarship for the 2nd year is required and is contingent upon the acceptance of a progress report and research study protocol for the 2nd year, as submitted to the Scholarships Section of the College by May 1, 2018.
Application for these scholarships may be submitted even if the resident has made a comparable application to other organizations. If the recipient is offered a scholarship, fellowship, or research award from another organization, it is the responsibility of the recipient to 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 its award accordingly.
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 must attend the ACS Clinical Congress in 2019 to present a report on the research as part of the Scientific Forum and to receive a certificate at the annual meeting of the Scholarships Committee.
Approval of the application is required from the administration (dean or fiscal officer) of the institution. Supporting letters from the head of the department of surgery (or the surgical specialty) and from the mentor who will be supervising the applicant’s 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.