International Bursary Scheme

The International Bursary Scheme enables surgical trainees from poorly resourced countries to take part in our training development programme, which includes two days hosted at a UK hospital with the opportunity to learn new skills and techniques, and three days attending ASGBI’s International Surgical Congress with the chance to hear from leaders in the profession and learn about new surgical developments.  The programme aims to improve standards of surgery around the globe, because trainees not only develop their own skills but then use these skills to educate their colleagues in their home country.

Applicants submit a detailed CV along with two supporting clinical references and a covering letter outlining how they hope to benefit from the programme.  Any trainee in a specialist training programme in general surgery in a poorly resourced country is eligible to apply.  Applications are then assessed by the charity’s International Development Committee and suitable trainees are offered a bursary when funds allow.   Each Bursary is worth £2,000 and includes:

  • Six nights accommodation
  • Three day registration for the ASGBI International Surgical Congress
  • £20/day subsistence rate
  • £800 towards travel expenses (reimbursement of receipts)

The programme that International Bursary winners take part in is renowned for its quality, and, as a result the bursaries are highly sought after.  Dr. Bingumal Jayasundara, a previous bursary winner hosted at North Hampshire Hospital Foundation Trust and Southampton Hospital NHS Trust said:

“This visit was a landmark in my surgical career, opening up the windows to the international surgical arena where I could witness and share the latest developments in the field of surgery. I could meet surgical professionals from all over the world and share their experiences.”

Applications for the 2017 scheme is now closed.


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