Overseas Surgical Fellowship

Overseas Surgical Fellowship

The Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland, in partnership with the British Journal of Surgery Society Ltd, are offering Fellowships to sponsor surgeons wishing to work in a developing country, primarily in the least developed countries, on a short-term basis. The purpose of the Fellowships is to provide training and support for overseas medical schools in the development of their postgraduate training programmes and, thereby, establishing links with these centres.


The principles of the Overseas Surgical Fellowships are: To establish links with surgical centres in developing countries. These links are to provide the opportunity for teaching and postgraduate training of surgeons overseas and, where appropriate, to encourage the exchange of surgeons. In order to allow at least five Fellowships each year, a maximum grant of £2000 will be awarded to each successful applicant. A written report will be required on completion of the Fellowship and award winners will be invited to display a poster at the Association’s Annual Scientific Meeting. The Association reserves the right to submit any report it considers suitable for publication to the British Journal of Surgery.


All Fellows of the Association of Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland are eligible to apply for these Fellowships. However, the scheme may be more attractive to: Specialist registrars (years 5 – 6) wishing to broaden their surgical horizons prior to taking a consultant post in the UK. Surgeons nearing retirement wishing to undertake a short-term sabbatical (3-6 weeks). Surgeons who have recently retired.


A full CV should be submitted giving details of past and current appointments including any related work in developing countries. A detailed account of the proposed programme, including full itinerary, costs involved and objectives to be achieved, together with supporting correspondence is required. Details of other organisations approached for funding should also be stated when submitting the application. Fellowship Applications will be assessed and awarded twice a year. The Overseas Surgical Fellowship Committee will pay particular attention to the appropriateness, relevance and feasibility of the proposed programme. Previous Overseas Travelling Fellowships 2009 Mr Sidhartha Sinha visit to South Africa Mr Richard Gardner visit to Malawi Ms Caris Grimes visit to Ethiopia 2008 Dr Sandesh G Lakkol visit to Malawi Mr Andrew D Gilliam visit to Tanzania Mr Paul Harnett visit to Malawi Mr James Coulston visit to Ethiopia Miss Verona Beckles visit to Malawi Mr Nadeem Ashraf visit to South Africa 2007 Mr J Turner visit to South Africa Ms S Biswas visit to South Africa Mr T King visit to Zambia Mr R Freeman visit to Malawi Mr M Clarke visit to Ghana Mr T Arulampalam visit to Sri Lanka 2006 Ms Anya Adair visit to China Mr Michael Puttick visit Nepal Introductory skills courses were held 19th to 30th October 2005, Nakuru (Kenya) and Lusaka (Zambia) 2005 Ms C Mills visit to Zimbabwe Sheffield Health Action Resource for Ethiopia 2004 No Awards were made 2003 A generous donation from Ethicon enable the Committee to run a number of Introductory Skills Courses: April 2003 (Gambia and Sierra Leone) Mr B Hancock visit to Uganda Mr N Dudley visit to Palestine 2002 Miss M H S Collie visit to Uganda Mr Surminal Ghosh equipment to Dilla Mr John Hadfield visit to Pakistan Mr T N D Peet visit to Uganda Miss S Slawik visit to Uganda Mr R M Watkin visit to Egypt ASGBI Prize for Final MB in Surgery, Kampala, Uganda. The Committee sent four surgeons to run an Introdcution to Surgical Skills course in Ghana (March 2002). The Committee supported a meeting entitled “Surgery in the Tropics” to which over 100 delegates attended (October 2002) 2001 Mr J Craven visit to Northern Uganda Miss Jill Donnelly visit to Ethiopia Mr Brian D Hancock visit to Uganda Mr A Leather visit to Somaliland 2000 Mr M I Aldoori visit to Jordan and Baghdad Mr J L Craven visit to Malawi Mr B D Hancock visit to Uganda Mr A Leather visit to Somaliland The Committee sent ten surgeons to run an Introduction to Surgical Skills course in Ghana (February 2000) 1999 Mr H Daya visit to Tanzania Mr S J Mannion visit to Malawi Mr A R Turner visit to Iran 1998 Mr M I Aldoori visit to Iraq Mr B Hancock visit to Uganda Mr L S Wong visit to China Mr R M Watkins visit to Egypt 1997 Mr C Bem visit to Pakistan Mr C B Koay visit to Malaysia Mr A Leather visit to Ethiopia Dr R Dimov training for Bulgaria Mr I M Rogers visit to Nigeria Mr R M Watkins visit to Egypt 1996 Mr D C Dunn visit to India Mr C Holcombe visit to Malawi Mr R M Watkins visit to Egypt 1995 Mr J J Morris visit to Nepal Mr T H Brown visit to Bangladesh Mr J A Rennie visit to Ethiopia Mr A Fiennes visit to Ghana Mr A P Barabas visit to Hungary