Short Term Travelling Fellowships

AO Surgical fellowships are aimed at either senior trainees or consultants wishing to broaden their experience in trauma surgery. AOUK&I is able to provide support to spend two week fellowships at a number of sites within the UK for both general trauma experience and to pair applicants with experts in a particular field.

Applicants need to be based in the UK & Ireland to apply for one of these fellowships. If you wish to make an application you should do so through AOUK & I rather than the AO Foundation.

You can contact AOUK & I using details from the 'Contact' page on this website or emailing aouki1@btconnect.com.

The Stephan Perren AO Trauma Research Traveling Fellowship is now open for AO Trauma members in Europe and Southern Africa

Call for research fellowship applications

The Stephan Perren AO Trauma Research Traveling Fellowship is intended to give three enthusiastic Europe and Southern African researchers with specific interest in trauma care the opportunity to visit the AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) in Davos, Switzerland, for two weeks (27 May – 10 June 2024), plus an additional two weeks (30 September – 13 October 2024) at one of the following participating research centers:

  • Julius Wolff Institute for Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Regeneration Berlin Institute of Health and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany
  • University Hospital of Zurich, Department of Trauma, Zurich, Switzerland
  • University of Leeds, Academic Department of Trauma, Leeds, United Kingdom

Please note: Applicants can indicate their preferred host clinic for the autumn term; final allocation is based on availability.

Fellows will gain insight on research and discover possibilities for their own research ideas and get first-hand experience in the fields of preclinical services/infections:

  • biomedical services: musculoskeletal regeneration
  • biomechanics

Successful applicants will complete a total of four weeks in two institutes. The fellowship grant is CHF 4,000 as a lump sum to cover travel and lodging expenses for the four weeks. Each fellow is expected to send a final report on the fellowship to the AO Trauma Europe and Southern Africa Research chairperson within one month after completing the visit.

 

Fellows can fine-tune and revise their own research proposals, get feedback from the experts at the host institutes, and prepare for grant submission. Submit your project proposal with your application and flesh out your project with inputs from experts.

Fellows will gain deep insight into ongoing musculoskeletal system research, get acquainted with research methods and techniques, and become part of an international network of researchers and research institutes. With this experience, they can gain a clearer view of their preferred research domains and where they can start or continue their research activities.

AO Trauma aims to identify young and interested AO Trauma members from Europe and Southern Africa who participate in AO Trauma-funded research projects.


Possible fellowship periods

  • AO Research Institute Davos (ARI) all:
    May 27 – June 10, 2024
  • Julius Wolff Institute for Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Regeneration Berlin Institute of Health and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany:
    September 30 - October 13, 2024 
  • University Hospital of Zurich, Department of Trauma, Zurich, Switzerland:
    September 30 - October 13, 2024 
  • University of Leeds, Academic Department of Trauma, Leeds, United Kingdom:
    September 30 - October 13, 2024 

Criteria for applications

  • Enthusiastic researchers (age: younger than 45 years) with specific interest in trauma care
  • Surgeon, orthopedic surgeon, trauma surgeon, or surgeon in training
  • AO Trauma member residing in one of the AO Trauma Europe and Southern Africa countries
  • Attended an AO Trauma Basic and Advanced Principles course
  • Initial experience with clinical and basic research activities; first authorship of a clinical or basic research article; or involvement in a project in the field of musculoskeletal trauma or diseases
  • Personal letter of application with argumentation of initiative and description of preferred professional career
  • Letters of recommendation from an AO country council member of your country and from the chief of department
    Optional: Submit a project proposal; you can revise and rework on your proposal during your stay and get valuable feedback from the experts.

Applications

Candidates can apply at the following link. Only complete applications can be considered.

Deadline for applications: February 29, 2024

For further information, please contact perren.fellowship@aotrauma.org.

Deadline:

Applications must be submitted through the application system by March 1, 2023 (open exclusively to AO Trauma members).

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The Stephan Perren AO Trauma Research Traveling Fellowship