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Royal College of Surgeons Research Award

Overview

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Applications for 2017-18 are now closed. Applications for 2018-19 will open in August 2017.

"As a Fulbrighter I feel I’ve become part of a wonderful, eclectic and gifted family."
2014-15 RCS Fulbright Scholar, Marc Bullock

In this award category, one grant is offered to a UK based trainee surgeon who is member of the Royal College of Surgeons of England to pursue research  into the development of new operative techniques, improvements in patient care and recovery and/or the causes of surgical conditions and how to treat them, for a period of 3-12 months.
 
This award is generously sponsored by Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Research grants can be carried out at any accredited US higher education institution. Candidates choose and make arrangements with US host institutions directly and independently.

Candidates will not be permitted to practise clinically while in the US and research projects must not involve direct clinical contact with patients.

Read above tabs for more information about the benefits of the Fulbright Scholar Awards, eligibility and selection criteria, the application process and timeline. 

You can also read profiles of current and past scholars, as well as a list of FAQs, to help you learn more about the Fulbright Programme.

 

Benefits

Fulbright Awards offer generous financial support for academic projects in the US. However, Fulbright is much more than a grant – we offer scholars the opportunity to have a transformative cultural and educational experience and provide unrivaled support both during and after their Fulbright year.

Grant Amount

The Royal College of Surgeons Research Award provides the US dollar equivalent of £2275 per month.*

The grant is paid in instalments, the first of which is typically given just prior to departure from the UK. This funding is intended as a contribution towards any institutional fees, accommodation and general maintenance costs while in the US. 

Other Grant Benefits

  • The Royal College of Surgeons will pay the full UK clinical salary costs of the grantee (up to £60,000 per annum)

A number of memberships, sickness and accident benefit coverage, and J1 visa sponsorship are also included. 

Pre-Departure Support

There is substantial pre-departure support, including a Finalists Workshop (March) and a 2-3 day Orientation Programme (July). Once on-the-ground in the US, further support is offered by the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (CIES)including a chance to apply for their Outreach Lecture Fund to fund guest lecturing invitations at US institutions.

Post-Grant Benefits

The benefits of a Fulbright Award do not end once the grant period is over. Receiving a Fulbright Award opens many doors and provides unparalleled global networking opportunities. Over 300,000 awards have been given since the programme’s inception, and alumni have the opportunity to stay engaged through our extensive alumni networks, including the UK Fulbright alumni network. Alumni also remain connected to the Programme through ongoing social and cultural events, volunteer opportunities and mentoring schemes.


*Converted at the prevailing rate at the time of the grant

Selection Criteria

Minimum eligibility criteria

In order to apply for this award you must:

  • be a UK citizen* (resident anywhere except the United States), and
  • be a member of The Royal College of Surgeons of England, and
  • hold or expect to receive a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Master's, PhD or equivalent professional training or experience in a relevant area before departure to the US.

What do we look for in our applicants?

  • a strong research project and evidence of academic excellence
  • demonstrable ambassadorial skills with evidence of cultural sensitivity and a genuine desire to learn more about the United States and share with American citizens aspects of British culture,
  • experience and interest in a range of extracurricular and community activities,
  • evidence of ambition and leadership potential, and
  • a desire to further the Fulbright Programme and give back to the UK upon returning


Selection committees and the interview panels will also be looking for clear reasons for selecting your US host institution preferences. As a publicly-funded organisation, the Fulbright Awards Programme expects candidates to conduct a thorough university search and to identify institutions which are a strong fit for their academic, personal and professional goals.

Previous US experience

As our aim is to foster cultural understanding between the US and UK, some preference will be given to applicants who do not have recent, extensive experience in the US (6 months or more in the last five years). If you do have significant experience in the US, we still encourage you to apply and explain in your application how further experience in the US will fulfil the Fulbright mission and not be a duplication of prior visits.

Terms and Conditions and FAQs 

Please read the Terms and Conditions and FAQs for this award before making an application. Awards are not available for peripatetic visits or attendance at conferences only, nor for projects based outside of the United States.

 

*Non-UK citizens are encouraged to use our advisory service in the UK, but to apply for Fulbright scholarships through the office in their country of citizenship 
(see http://fulbright.state.gov/participating-countries.html). US nationals, those with dual US-UK citizenship and those resident in the US may not apply in this award category. Those who hold joint citizenship between the UK and any country other than the US may apply in this award category.

Applying

Please read all of this information very carefully before starting an application.



UK Fulbright Application Instructions

The Fulbright online application system is called Embark and is used by all Fulbright Commissions worldwide. Each Commission sets its own policies and procedures and country-specific instructions for using the online application system.

Before beginning an application download, read and follow the UK Fulbright Application Instructions.  It is critical that you follow the instructions in this document in order to submit an accurate and complete application for the UK Commission.


Embark Online Application Form

In order to make an application to the UK Fulbright Commission you need to register with the Embark online application site

You will be able to log in and out of your account and will not be required to complete the application in one sitting. 

It is imperative that you follow the UK country-specific instructions as you complete the Embark online application; failure to do so will mean that your application may not be considered.

You must complete the Embark online application form in order to apply for a Fulbright Award. In the application you must provide:

  • biographical information about yourself, your academic and extracurricular accomplishments and project plans.  
  • details of the US institution with which you will be affiliated and include a letter of invitation (sought independently) from the perspective host(s) 
  • a project statement, 
  • details of three referees who must each submit a letter of recommendation to the online system on your behalf

Required Additional Forms

You are also required to upload the following to your online application form before submitting it:


Fulbright Interviews

Short-listed applicants will be invited for interviews on the date(s) listed within the Timeline tab above. Interviews will be held on one of the indicated date(s) only and may not be rescheduled. 

All interviews must be conducted face-to-face.

Timeline

1 August 2016 – Competition opens; applications available online

6 November 2016 – Application deadline

November-January – Applications evaluated, short-list drawn up

mid-January – Short-listed candidates invited to interview

30 January-10 February 2017 – Fulbright interviews 

late February – Notification, finalists invited to Fulbright Workshop

17 March 2017 – Fulbright Finalist Workshop in London

March-June – Fulbright and J1 visa paperwork

6-7 July 2017 – Fulbright Pre-Departure Orientation

From mid-July 2017 to 30 April 2018 – Independent departures, Your Fulbright Exchange begins

Upon returning to the UK, candidates will be invited to participate in Fulbright alumni activities including our annual Returners’ Workshop as well as informal social events.