The American College of Surgeons offers International Guest Scholarships to young surgeons from countries other than the United
States or Canada who have demonstrated strong interests in teaching and research. The scholarships, in the amount of $10,000
each, provide the scholars with an opportunity to visit 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 American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress.
This scholarship endowment was originally provided through the legacy left to the College by Paul R. Hawley, MD (FACS Hon),
former College Director. More recently, gifts from the family of Abdol Islami, MD (FACS), the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and
others to the International Guest Scholarship endowment have enabled the College to expand the number of scholarship awards.
- Applicants must be graduates of
schools of medicine who have
completed their surgical training.
- Applicants must be at least 35 years
old, but under 50, 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 when
the applicants have been in surgical practice,
teaching, or research for a minimum of one
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.
- Early careerists are deemed more
suitable than those who are serving in
senior academic appointments.
- Applicants must submit a fully completed
application form provided by the
College on its website. The application
and accompanying materials must be
submitted in English. Submission of a
curriculum vitae only is not acceptable.
- Applicants must provide a list of all of their
publications and must submit, in addition,
three complete publications (reprints or
manuscripts) of their choice 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 they hold an academic
appointment or a Fellow of the American College
of Surgeons residing in their country. The chair’s or
the Fellow’s letter is to include a specific statement
detailing 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 cannot 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 together
with new supporting documentation.
The scholarships provide successful applicants with
the privilege of participating in the College’s annual
Clinical Congress held in San Diego, CA, in October
2017, with public recognition of their presence. They
will receive gratis admission to selected postgraduate
courses plus admission to all lectures, demonstrations,
and exhibits, which are an integral part of the
Clinical Congress. Assistance will be provided in
arranging visits, following the Clinical Congress, to
various clinics and universities of their choice.
In order to qualify for consideration by the selection committee, all of the requirements must be fulfilled.
Formal American College of Surgeons International Guest Scholar applications appear below. Supporting materials and questions should be directed to:
International Liaison Section
American College of Surgeons
633 N. Saint Clair St.
Chicago, IL 60611-3211
for the International
Guest Scholarships for the
year 2017 and all of the
must be received at the
office of the International
Liaison Section prior to
July 1, 2016, in order for
an applicant to receive
consideration by the
All applicants will be
notified of the selection
committee’s decision in
November 2016. Applicants
are urged to submit their
and supporting documents
as early as possible in
order to provide sufficient
time for processing.
Requirements and overview
International Guest Scholarship Award Recipients 1968–2014
Conflicts of Interest Disclosure Form