International Bursary Scheme

International bursaries are available to provide support to surgical trainees from poorly resourced countries in the development of their training, by giving them the opportunity to spend up to two days in a UK hospital and to attend the Association’s 2019 International Surgical Congress.

Each bursary is worth £2,000 and includes:

  • Up to six nights’ accommodation
  • Three day registration to the ASGBI’s 2019 International Surgical Congress in Telford
  • £20 per day subsistence allowance
  • £800 towards travel expenses (reimbursement of receipts)

Applications should consist of a Curriculum Vitae, with two supporting written clinical references, and a covering letter, describing why you wish to attend the Congress and the ways in which you hope to benefit, before Friday 8th February 2019. Any Trainee in a specialist training programme in General Surgery in a poorly resourced country is eligible to apply.

Applications should be submitted to

For full details, feedback and case studies from previous recipients, go to:

Deadline for Applications
Friday 8th February 2019

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.”

Sponsoring an international bursary?

The Surgical Foundation’s programmes are renowned for their quality and, as a result, are highly sought after, and the Foundation is actively seeking external sponsorship of bursaries – or part of a bursary – so that this valuable programme continues to thrive. Your generous support will go a long way to help a fellow surgeon who has fewer opportunities for training and development than in this country. Should you – or your Travelling Club or Regional Surgical Society – decide to sponsor or contribute towards a bursary, you will, of course, be kept involved in the entire process. The bursary can be ‘named’ or kept completely anonymous if you prefer, and you will be invited to present an award to your sponsored trainee(s) at a ceremony held during the Association’s Congress next May.

For further information, please contact Bhavnita Patel at