Society of Vascular Surgery in the USA invites applications for the 2015 International Scholars Program, which provides scholarships to four qualified young vascular surgeons between the ages of 35 to 40 from countries outside North America.
Program Details

  • Wiinning scholars are expected to spend approximately two weeks in the U.S. to visit various universities and clinics and attend the 2015 Vascular Annual Meeting, to be held June 18-20, in Chicago.
  • Working with a mentor, the scholar will visit clinical, teaching and research programs. Visits may be scheduled prior to the Vascular Annual Meeting, post meeting, or a combination of both. Scholars will work with mentors to schedule activities. ?
  • A letter is required from each scholar’s supervisor, indicating that dates of travel have been approved.?
  • Scholars are expected to submit a full written report of the experiences provided through the scholarships upon completion of their tours and attend the International Forum during the Vascular Annual Meeting to receive their award.

Worth of Award

  • Winning scholars receive a $5,000 stipend, which is presented during the International Forum on June 17, 2015, to defray travel costs and living expenses associated with the trip.
  • Scholars also receive complimentary registration to the 2015 Vascular Annual Meeting, which includes all lectures, demonstrations, exhibits and postgraduate courses.

To qualify for consideration by the selection committee, all of the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • Applicant must be a graduate of a school of medicine.
  • Applicants must be at least 35 years old but no older than 40 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 the 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 whose careers are in the developing stage are deemed more suitable than those who are serving in senior academic appointments.
  • Applicants must submit a completed application form. The application and accompanying materials must be in English.
  • Applicants must provide a list of all of their publications and must submit three complete publications (reprints or manuscripts) of their choice from that list.
  • The International Scholars Program must be used in the year for which it is designated. It may not be postponed.
  • An unsuccessful applicant may reapply only twice and only by completing and submitting new application form, together with new supporting documentation.

How to Apply

  • Application forms can be downloaded online. See link below
  • Materials should be emailed to the membership staff at [email protected]
  • Applicants must submit letters of recommendation from three of their colleagues. One letter must be from the chair of the department in which they hold academic appointment, or a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery residing in their country. The chair’s or the member’s letter is to include a specific statement detailing the nature and extent of the teaching and other academic involvement of the applicant
  • Applicants are required to submit a curriculum vitae of no more than 10 pages.
  • Applicants must submit a photograph.

Deadline: A completed application and all supporting documentation must be received by June 14, 2014. Applications are reviewed by the International Relations Committee. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision in August 2014.
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