The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is now accepting applications for six 2015 Resident Research Scholarships. 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 completed applications and all supporting documents is September 2, 2014.
These scholarships are supported through the generosity of Fellows, Chapters, and friends of the College, to encourage residents to pursue careers in academic surgery. 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 at an accredited surgical training program in the U.S. or Canada at the time the scholarship is awarded on July 1, 2015, and must be on track to complete formal surgical training in June 2017 or later. Scholarships do not support research after completion of the chief residency year.
• The scholarship is awarded for two years, and recipients must commit to conducting research over the entire two-year period of the scholarship—July 2015 through June 2017. Priority will be given to the projects of residents involved in full-time laboratory investigation. 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, 2016.
• Applications for these scholarships may be submitted even if comparable applications to other organizations have been made. If the recipient is offered a scholarship, fellowship, or research award from another organization, it is the responsibility of the recipient to contact the College’s 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 is not to diminish or replace the scholar’s usual or expected compensation or benefits. No indirect costs are paid to the recipient or to the recipient’s institution.
• The scholar is expected to attend the ACS Clinical Congress in 2017 to present a report on the research as part of the Surgical 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 candidate’s 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. Only in exceptional circumstances will more than one scholarship be granted in a single year to applicants from the same institution.